Guest Post: By Angela Russell at The Coupon Project
Remember those early days?
The day when you found out you didn’t have to pay $2 for a box of pasta anymore?
Or the day you learned you could now buy 10 boxes of cereal for the same price you used to pay for one?
Or the day you discovered you could actually be paid to buy your favorite brand of toothpaste?
Ah…the couponing honeymoon! And what a good trip it was, too!
But what’s happened since? You routinely go through the Sunday inserts, clip and file (or not), and somehow it just ain’t what it used to be.
The truth is, saving money and using coupons should be something you enjoy. So if you’re lost your spark, here are a few ideas to get you remembering why you fell in love with couponing in the first place:
1. Teach someone else how to coupon. How about rekindle your excitement by getting someone else excited? Trust me, folks. People want to learn how to do this. Not everyone…but the ones that do really do. Show them how to get started, maybe go on an outing with them. Cheer them on as they begin to slash their grocery bill.
2. Team with a local food pantry. Why not call a local food pantry and ask what items they are hoping to stock? With the holidays approaching and many food banks ramping up to provide holiday meals, this would be the perfect time to lend your savvy shopping skills to help others in need.
3. Change your couponing style up a bit. When I was feeling that clipping and sorting each week was getting monotonous, I switched to just filing the inserts for a few months. It relieved some time for me, and offered me a bit of a break. It also gave me some perspective on why clipping and sorting is still the best method for my brain. So when I went back to that method, I had renewed interest and energy.
4. Become a coupon fairy. Have great coupons about to expire that you know you won’t use? Consider leaving them on the shelves for other customers to use. My local store even has a “coupon exchange” basket in the front where you can leave and take coupons as you need. If your store doesn’t have something, perhaps you could get one started!
5. Take a little break. If distance makes the heart grow fonder, then maybe distance is exactly what you need. Eat off your stockpile for awhile. Buy generic or in bulk to save money. Once you’re ready, come back to it. The coupons and deals will always be waiting for you.
Still in a rut? Remember that you’re in this to save money. So if you aren’t already, start tracking how much you’re spending and saving. Consider setting aside some of the money you save on your groceries in a savings account. When the savings account is full, you will announce to your coupons that you will be celebrating and going on a second honeymoon.
Except this time instead of going to the grocery store, you’ll have a plane waiting to take you to Bora Bora.
Angela is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. She launched her blog, The Coupon Project, as a project to help others save money on things that matter most. October marks her one-year anniversary using coupons and she is celebrating by spending the month focusing on topics to help readers get started saving big money.