Unexpected Side Effects of Extreme Couponing
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Unexpected Side Effects of Extreme Couponing

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Extreme couponing can be exciting when you begin.  However, there are some unexpected side effects that you might experience.Extreme couponing became popular around the same time as when there was a TV show about it. It takes a lot of effort to do this type of couponing. The best thing about extreme couponing is that it can, potentially, save your family a lot of money on groceries. On the other hand, there are some unexpected side effects that you need to be aware of.

Disadvantages of Extreme Couponing

No More Free Time
Extreme couponing takes more time than you might expect. You need to find, clip, and organize coupons. Some extreme couponers have so many coupons that they require a three-ring binder, and many plastic inserts designed for baseball cards, to keep track of them all. You must go through all those coupons often and get rid of the ones that have expired.

In addition to the actual collection and organization of coupons, you also need to spend time doing a lot of math. It takes time to figure out which stores have the best deal on what product, and to find out if you have coupons that can make that deal even better. Don’t forget to check your favorite coupon websites for news about great sales.

If all of this sounds exciting and fun to you, that’s great! You’ve found the perfect hobby for yourself. Your free time will be used on it, and you might unexpectedly lose time to do your other hobbies.

Extreme Couponing Fatigue
Some of you might feel exhausted just by reading about all the effort that extreme couponing requires. Even the people who find it fun can get burned out after a while. This is true of any hobby. There are times when you are going to need to set it aside and take a break.

People who have jumped into extreme couponing do not usually expect to experience extreme couponing fatigue. One thing you can do when it hits is stop doing the parts of extreme couponing that make you unhappy or stressed out.

Feeling Like A Hoarder
One immediate issue that comes up with extreme couponing has to do with the bulk shopping it often involves. Where are you going to put all those groceries?

If you haven’t planned ahead, your home could quickly become over cluttered, and you might start to question if you have become a hoarder. You might feel embarrassed to invite people over because you don’t want them to see the state of your house.

One solution to this problem is to donate some of your surplus to a local food bank. Another great idea is to set up some industrial strength shelves in your garage or basement. Set up your stockpile on those shelves. Your kitchen and living room can go back to normal again!

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