Confession Time!

This week’s blog post is by Christine Luken.

I have a confession to make – I think I’m burnt out on couponing.  I have a huge stack of uncut coupons lying next to my binder that I keep trying to avoid.  The thought of spending several hours cutting coupons, weeding out expired ones from my binder, and getting the new ones in there just wears me out thinking about it!  I’m hoping it’s just a phase I’m going through.  I have been super busy working on growing my financial coaching and writing business.  I’m definitely not burnt out on Meal Planning!  In fact, I’ve kicked that up a notch since my schedule’s been hectic.  Has anyone else besides me suffered from a case of “couponing burnout”?

I think it started when Kroger, and then Meijer, quit doubling coupons earlier this year.  I definitely shop at both stores MUCH LESS since they’ve stopped doubling coupons.  Because of this, my shopping habits have changed quite a bit.  I shop at Sam’s Club at least once a month for certain items that I can’t get cheaper anywhere else –with or without coupons.  For our family, that means buying things like cat litter, whole bean coffee, meats (both fresh and frozen), string cheese, turkey sausage patties, kitchen garbage bags, among other things.  I’m also buying almost 100% of my fresh fruits and veggies at my members-only produce co-op.  Sam’s doesn’t accept paper coupons (but has some electronic coupons available to members) and of course, neither does the co-op.  Because of the great prices, this really isn’t an issue.

I notice that I am using electronic coupons more than paper ones for the first time ever.  This certainly is due to the change in double coupon policies.  In the past, if you had an electronic coupon on your Kroger card or Meijer M-Perks account, it wouldn’t be doubled.  So it made sense to use a paper coupon – which would be doubled – instead.  Now, there’s no real advantage to using a paper coupon unless it’s a higher face value.

I’m also using coupons for Kohl’s, Ulta, Hobby Lobby, and Target on my phone.  The nice thing about having these mobile coupons is that they’re always with you.  I never leave home without my phone, and you probably don’t either.  But I have left home without my coupons, which is supremely frustrating!  And of course, I ALWAYS use a coupon code when shopping online and use my favorite cash-back shopping site, FatWallet.com!

I do still shop at Kroger and Meijer when there are good sales going on – which both do this week!  Meijer is running their 10 for $10 Get the 11th Free sale, plus Kroger is having a Mega Sale – Buy 10 Participating Items, Get $5 Off.  So I will be hitting up both of them this week.

So maybe I don’t have couponing burnout – maybe it’s just “paper couponing burnout”!  Just curious, have your couponing habits changed and evolved over time, especially with the demise of double coupons?

Comments

  1. I am completely burnt out! I have the same stack you do, about 4-5 weeks worth, and have no intention of clipping. I don’t look at the ad’s hardly at all anymore. I have just been so busy, I don’t have the time nor the patience to mess with it! thanks for letting me know I wasn’t the only one out there! :)

  2. brett says:

    i’ve had couponing burnout too. and blogging burnout

  3. SHauna says:

    I live in a city with only three groceries and not one of then doubles or triples coupons. I am happy when I save $10-30.00 which is not much, yet still a lot. It is so frustrating, though, so I can understand how you would feel burned out!

  4. Mommy2Jam says:

    I really was upset I never started when I saw how much people were saving money. Now I don’t see too many people give coupons at the store anymore. I do most of my shopping at costco and they don’t use coupons.

  5. I go burnt out after about 8 months of couponing. Saved a bucket load, but the time it took was crazy!

    • Christine says:

      I agree! You have figure out how much time you can reasonably spend cutting coupons, finding deals, looking at ads, etc. Otherwise it gets out of control!

  6. Jennifer B says:

    I am the same way, I love to save money using coupons but find it exhausting and sooo time consuming to print out, cut out and sort through all of those paper coupons.

  7. I need to do more couponing. I just don’t have the time but would not say it is a burnout.

  8. I used to be coupon crazed and clip hundreds of inserts a month. I now realize that it is too much work, and sometimes it is better to save a time and pay a little more!

  9. I love double coupons– but I always end up leaving coupons at home by accident…..but I try to be a good couponing queen :)

  10. Debbie says:

    I am fine with coupons as long as I stay on top of them – cut & file them as I get them. When I get behind in cutting and filing is when I get overwhelmed!

  11. Ave says:

    Sadly, cupons are not widely used here in Spain. I really wish that grocery stores would start to use cupons.

  12. Pam says:

    Yes, I have been having coupon burnout too and it is starting to show in my grocery bill!

  13. kathy balman says:

    I had a binder that looked just like that. I used to coupon all the time and got burned out. I also started shopping at Aldis where I am spending the same I did with coupons. And because of our restrictive new diet coupons dont generally cover what we buy

  14. I definitely go through spurts where I coupon like crazy and then get burnt out. I haven’t been doing it much right now for sure.

  15. I have been burnt out with coupons for awhile now. I am just starting to miss them so I will start up again.

  16. Burnout is understandable. I use coupons when I can, but it takes so much time to match things that I often have to go without them. Take a break!

  17. Dawn Lopez says:

    My coupon use has definitely changed over the last couple of years. I definitely became more busy and had less time to keep organized with it all. I am just starting to try to do it more moderately now.. wish me luck!

  18. Cynthia L says:

    I don’t coupon as much as I used to and I really miss it. There just don’t seem to be as many great deals out there any more.

  19. love couponing! Just changed my coupons to a coupon box instead of the binder – love it! I wish we had double coupons down here in south Florida!

  20. Danielle says:

    Not sure if it’s just me, but couponing doesn’t seem to be much of a thing here in Canada either… I do have cards though, for each supermarket, where as a member one is entitled to weekly sales and features.

  21. I don’t coupon, but I can really imagine how you could burn out easily.

  22. I hardly ever see anyone using coupons anymore. I used to see it ALL the time. So interesting how things have turned.

  23. Dawn says:

    I used to coupon a lot, but after all the hours it takes to get organized and find the great coupons, as well as cashiers not ringing some up or refusing to accept them, it just got too stressful. Now, we shop at Sam’s Club, go to flea markets and buy off Amazon. I don’t always save as much, but it’s far less time consuming and stressful to me.

  24. katherine says:

    This looks great! I’ll have to check it out!

  25. I am new to couponing so I am not at the burnout stage. It seems like something I should be on the lookout for based on this article and your reader comments.

  26. I get burnout to. All the organizing and clipping.