Habit # 1 – Define Your Purpose

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Habit # 1 – Define Your Purpose

Part of The 5 Highly Effective Habits of Practical Couponers Series

Habit # 1 - Define Your Purpose

Define Your Purpose

Habit # 1 -Define Your Purpose is the absolute most important aspect of couponing.  You need to have clearly defined goals to help you stay on track.

Couponing is not difficult but it isn’t exactly an easy task either.  It takes time, patience and dedication to learn to coupon and you will need to be reminded of all of your reasons for saving money from time to time.

I strongly suggest you write down your reasons and look at them daily to help reinforce it as a new healthy habit.

You can clearly see in my chart that I have at least 10 good reasons to stick to my couponing lifestyle.  I actually have more than 10 but I thought I wouldn’t overwhelm you with ALL of my reasons so I picked the best of the best to share.

Yes, I really do dream of standing weekly appointments to get massaged and my hair and nails done and I am working to reach that goal in the very near future.  Whatever your personal reasons may be, make sure you have them where you can see and review them often.

When I started couponing and stockpiling a couple of years ago my reasons were very different from where they are today.  My only goal at that time was to save enough money to be able to afford to quit my 9-5 day job and live comfortably on my husband’s income while I pursued my dream of Professional Blogging and Life Coaching.

Now that I have reached those previous goals, I have a set of new goals for our family this year and I can’t wait to see how many of these I can cross off my list.

Start with small, attainable goals

I suggest that anyone starting out just stick to defining 2 or 3 goals instead of listing 10 – 100 of them and getting completely overwhelmed.  Keep in mind that practical couponing and stockpiling really can help create instant disposable income without going out and getting yet another job.

If you are stuck on defining your purpose then let me help you get started.  Set a realistic and attainable monetary amount for yourself and see if you can reach that goal with coupons.

Pick a realistic amount to save each week as your first goal

For example, if you want to free up an extra $20 a week then find ways to use coupons that will cut back on your groceries and household products to equal $20 a week in savings.  That’s not difficult to do with coupons and that’s an extra $80 a month in disposable income.  The only work required to put this extra money in your pockets was to clip and use coupons and plan out your shopping trip.

With just a little bit more planning you could certainly save much more than $20 a week.  The only extra step to get more savings would be to learn your local Sales Cycles for Couponing for the stores where you shop and understand some Coupon Math.

No matter how big or small your goal or purpose, be sure and clearly define it so you always remember why you began to learn to coupon in the first place.

Keep in mind that your goals will change over time.  Remember to start out with just 2 – 3 goals because you can always add more later.  Celebrate your little victories along the way and don’t get upset if you fall short from time to time.  After all, you are saving money and saving a penny is better than nothing at all!

This is Habit # 1 – Define Your Purpose of The 5 Highly Effective Habits of Practical Couponers.  Next week is Habit # 2 – Develop Good Habits.  If you repeat a behavior enough times it becomes a habit.  Not all habits are good or created equal.  See what tips, tricks and solutions I offer to help you develop good couponing habits that will save you both time and money!

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