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Grocery Cart Confessionals: Coupon Burnout

This week on the Kansas City Mamas’ Facebook page, Charline asked if I was still planning on posting my shopping trips. It had been over a month since my last one and she was curious if I was ditching the posts or just hadn’t shopped in awhile.

Truth? I hadn’t shopped because I had coupon burnout.

Our schedule was crazy in July. We had my birthday, a 4th of July party, a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks, a conference in Colorado Springs, football tryouts, and a host of other things. In the end, there wasn’t enough time to run a website, travel, live life, and be a coupon ninja.

So, I took a break from being a coupon ninja.

I threw caution to the wind. I didn’t make a meal plan. I didn’t keep a grocery budget. And I only bought what our family needed.

And honestly, if felt good to take a break and live off our stockpile.

A stockpile is not meant to be a shrine of body wash and toliet paper that you have in your basement or garage.

A stockpile ensures that you don’t have to go to the store ALL THE TIME.

And living off a stockpile means you will miss out on some deals so you don’t miss out on life.

If I chased deals with everything else going on in July, I would have missed out on more important things like BBQs with friends, trips with my girlfriends, or spending time with my husband.

But this month, things are a little quieter. The kids start school in a little over a week. We have no additional trips planned. Our lives will be back into a familiar routine.

And I will have the time to devote to clipping coupons, driving to more than one store for the deals, and taking pictures of my finds to post on the website.

And I am excited. Because even though coupon ninjas need a break, they also like to use their skills too.

How about you? Do you ever get coupon burnout? How do you get over it? Leave a comment and let me know.