If you’re new to couponing, you may feel a little overwhelmed—yet, you’re addicted. Recently, you’ve saved so much on products using coupons that you just can’t stop, and with so many deals to choose from, you’re starting to get overwhelmed. On top of choosing deals and running from store to store, you’re also trying to learn new skills, get organized, and balance your time. It’s all very overwhelming, indeed. As couponers, sometimes we just need to step back and look at our priorities—as well as our accomplishments—so that burnout doesn’t happen. So, let’s take a step back, rewind, and reflect on all your efforts!

1. Reflect

Take a second and look at your successes. Keeping track of your savings by using a spreadsheet is a great way to see your accomplishments. Visit this article on how to set up your spreadsheet through Google Sheets.
Then, focus on what you’ve done right! So far this year, I’ve managed to save half the money I need for a family vacation. I’ve even been able to make regular deposits to my kids’ savings accounts. How can you go wrong when you’re doing so much right?

2. Review

Are you spending time chasing deals that you may not need? If you don’t need anything and your stockpile is full, then take the week off. It’s okay to take a break from couponing. Try not to stop clipping coupons, but take a break from going to the store. Have you been getting home later than you want to because you had one more stop to make? Feel free to look at your time management skills. Perhaps shopping just one day a week versus multiple days works better for you. If your significant other supports your couponing lifestyle, maybe asking him to pick up a couple of deals is a good idea. Set specific goals to improve your current skills!

3. Reassess

When I get overwhelmed, I just look at my stockpile. That puts a smile on my face because I can see my accomplishments. I have ten jugs of washing detergent, enough paper towels to last three months, and toilet paper when I run out. Having bought these items when they were on sale and using coupons tells me that I’m doing something right. Is your stockpile getting too big? Maybe your toothpaste stockpile is out of control? Check out this article about what to do with your extra toothpaste. Or, do you need to know how to set up your stockpile? Here’s another article.

4. Rewind

One of the frustrating things about couponing is missing deals. Maybe you don’t have the right coupon combination that you need, or perhaps you have family obligations that prevent you from getting to the store. Don’t kick yourself over what you’ve missed. Concentrate on what you’ve gained. If there’s something you wish you had done differently, then next time make it happen. Rewinding means going over a scenario and revamping it. I’ve learned so much from my own mistakes! You can too!

5. Refocus

I’m a planner! There’s nothing I like better than making a list. Take what you’ve learned in the above four steps and create a new plan. Since my stockpile is established, I’ve decided to focus more on the deals that I can save 90% on or get free. Sure, I still have to buy the grocery basics like milk, bread, vegetables and meat, but I refrain from purchasing items I already have large quantities of in my stockpile like shampoo or hand lotion. I’ve also resolved to use my stockpile more until it’s 25% smaller, and then keep it at that level. This is a more manageable amount for my current storage space and will make me more focused in my  shopping endeavors.