Couponing is fun, right? I mean, who doesn’t like to save money? It’s a great and rewarding hobby; however, I understand how it can be stressful, too. All that clipping, organizing and driving from one store to the next can be exhausting. That’s why it’s important to occasionally take some time to review your methods, and if you find that you’re not having fun anymore, use these tips to restore the joy!
Want to spice up your couponing trips? Try a little healthy competition either with or against your fellow coupon buddy or your own best record. Try to beat your best percentage saved, or use the most number of coupons per trip.
One of the biggest stressors in couponing is falling behind on clipping or being disorganized. Keeping up to date on things will save time in the long run and make your saving goals easier to achieve. Try clipping coupons while watching your favorite TV show, or have older children help out to ease the task.
3. Child’s Play
Having kids along on shopping trips can be difficult, but there are tactics to ease the tension! Take along snacks to curb hunger complaints, let them help pick out flavors and colors (apple, kiwi, blueberry, or pomegranate juice, the color of a toothbrush, or pasta shape!), bring comfort items and soft toys for babies and toddlers, assign older children special jobs like getting a gallon of milk from the next aisle or reading you the shopping list—or playing “I Spy.” These reinforce that shopping is a positive experience!
4. Take a break
When things get tough, feel free to take a break. Whether it’s a week without shopping or passing up a few deals to spend time with family or friends, relaxing can be beneficial. Soon you’ll have renewed energy and increased enthusiasm for couponing!