Guest View: Avoiding coupon burnout

Ann Haney • Mar 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Many people will attempt anything to save money, especially when they hit unexpected expenses. For many this means grasping the concept of couponing and giving it a chance to prove what many others have praised as a “saver’s dream.” 

Eager couponers-to-be attend workshops, buy bundles of the Sunday paper and head to the store with their binders stuffed full of savings. All this effort is great, but diving in without balance can end in disaster. 

Many will get off to a good start only to have overzealousness becoming dread. In the beginning the new adventure is exciting and the free toothpaste and $1 laundry detergent can keep a shopper sharing their excitement for hours to everyone they meet. 

However, when life presents increased responsibility and limited time, the once eager couponer steps back to mediocrity. When this happens it is almost impossible for them to get back in the game. 

Here are some tips to help you stay atop the savings, while continuing to live a normal life:

• Don’t try and get every too-good-to-be deal. There will always be “good” deals; no need to panic about missing one.

• Shop only for what you need with coupons. Don’t try and stockpile the world, especially when time is limited.

• Don’t shop all the stores in your town. One store is enough when time is limited. Use wisdom shopping not addictive buying.

• Don’t shop at the busiest time of the day. Nothing stresses you out more than a busy store, a bunch of coupons and a limited amount of time.

• Set a weekly budget. Nothing will discourage you quicker than overspending with coupons.

• Don’t quit buying the Sunday paper even when you have to slow down the couponing. You will find yourself without any coupons when you once again find the time to get back at it. Many will give up at this point because they just don’t want to start from scratch again.

• Use online blog sites to save you time in making a simple list. Scan down the deals, listing only what you need; don’t attempt to do this at the store.

• Stay in the coupon loop by purposefully listening to other couponers stories and watching their success at the store. It won’t be long till the coupon bug attaches itself to you again.

• Finally, remember more savings equal more money for the things you want in life. A pizza night with the children, a vacation fund, a movie, etc…

On March 29 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., I will be at CoLab Nashville Training Center. 

Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 18-plus years to six children (four entrepreneurs), CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, empowerment coach and best-selling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship” and “Single Steps In A Married World.” Contact Ann at ann@annhaney.com to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.

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