After I was married I recognized some things I should have done different like the way I asked for things. Instead of saying, “Honey, would you like to help me do the dishes?” and getting hurt feelings when he answered no because he really wouldn’t like to do dishes, who does? I should have said, “Honey, I need help doing the dishes will you please come and help me?”. Big lesson learned there! I wont tell you what I say now to get him to do things for me because if he got wind of it it would all be over! (If you want me to tell you my secret please email me!) Then the kids came and the same thing has happened. I should have done this and that. Well as most things in our lives we all have “should have” moments. Once we gain experience we typically see a better way of doing things. That is what learning is all about.
We really don’t want to spend too much time in the should have world because it can get us down. I have a great friend who taught me this response to the should have’s, Stop should-ing on yourself! I thought a great way to help us stop the shoulding would be to touch on some of the things you wish you would have known or done different in the beginning of your coupon experiences. This way we can all combine our knowledge in hopes of helping one another learn and have less should’s and more success!
The biggest thing I struggle overcoming is the fear that the store will be out of the things I need/want. Sometimes I make items into a need when they are really only a WANT. (I NEED to have a year supply of T.P. RIGHT NOW or we will not survive the apocalypse!!!!) I wish I would have understood and had more faith in the beginning that things really do go on sale over and over again. If I miss it this time don’t FREAK out! It will come on sale in a few weeks. It really is okay!
Do you have a great way to deal with this kind of anxiety? Feel free leave it in the comments of this post.
What are the things YOU wish you would have known when you started? Please email your submissions to email@example.com. You never know I may have a little drawing for a gift at the end of the month for all who participate!
Oh, and don’t forget to join the Fun With Food Storage Live Chat on Thursday night at 7 pm Mountain Standard Time. It will be a great group therapy session to get over our “should haves”. LOL