Dealing with Coupon Regret
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 8:12 am
You know that feeling you get when you just know deep down inside that you paid more than you would have liked? It can happen happen to even the savviest couponers – coupon regret! I know I’ve experienced it a few times. In fact, after a trip to the grocery store just last week I got home and realized I’d purchased things I didn’t want or need just because I had coupons. Oops! This got me thinking about times I have experienced coupon regret and ways I can help others avoid these shopping mishaps. So, here are some suggestions for how to stop coupon regret from happening to you!
I Bought Something I Didn’t Need or Want…
I’ve found this to be one of my most common couponing mishaps. That is, buying things I don’t need or want just because I have coupons. When couponing, it is important to remember what you really need. Don’t let all the discounts and savings coax you into buying items you wouldn’t normally buy because chances are, you won’t use them.
Avoid this couponing mishap by searching for coupons for the things you buy and use regularly, rather than buying items you just happen to see coupons for. Trust me, with a little patience you can and will find coupons for the items on your list. Don’t let the coupons own you, you own the coupons!
I Bought Something Without a Coupon…
This is also a pretty common predicament for avid couponers. You always have a coupon for everything and you never pay full price. But maybe you didn’t stockpile enough last time there was a sale or coupon. Now you are out of an item you need and there’s not a sale or coupon in sight. Instead of waiting for a sale or coupon for the item you need, you break down and buy it at full price. I did this once and, of course, there was a coupon in the next weeks Sunday inserts. Ouch!
Avoiding this scenario takes time and experience with couponing. We all make mistakes when we are learning something new (sometimes even after we’ve mastered it!) so don’t let this mishap discourage you. If you’re new to couponing, you can check out our list of stock up prices. When you see one of these prices, stock up! You should also keep track of what you buy and how often you buy it so you don’t run into the dilemma of whether or not to buy something at full price when you are out and don’t have a coupon. If you always have a stockpile, you can replenish when there’s a deal without ever letting your stockpile run out!
I Bought Something With a Coupon, Then Saw it Cheaper Somewhere Else!
This scenario isn’t as common, but it does happen from time to time. So, what do you do when you find out your purchase with a coupon actually cost more that the regular price at another store? For anyone who coupons, this can be pretty discouraging. But don’t let one coupon-gone-wrong incident get you down. If the price difference is substantial enough, check into the store’s return policy. If you can, return the item you bought with the coupon and go buy the cheaper alternative!
The point is, don’t let some occasional buyers remorse discourage you from couponing. Even if you find you’ve made one of these mistakes, think about all the money you’ve saved because of couponing!