Ziffer zwei: You have so many more reed options now! Next time you buy a box, try a quarter size stronger. Experiment and decide what you like! (Broke? Reeds in your stocking this Christmas!)
Saelie (that's number three in High Valyrian): Once you establish a super amazing strength of reed for yourself, consider the weather. Look outside, do you see a snowy supernova? If so, it may be wintertime and fun-fact number three is that the feel of resistance in a reed can change from season to season. The general rule is: cold weather season, use a slightly heavier reed. Summertime, go a quarter size softer.
For example, I use Gonzales brand reeds. I have a pretty resistant mouthpiece, so during the summer I use a 3 1/4 strength reed. Once the weather turns cold consistently (which in Indiana can be anywhere from October to December) I switch to a strength 3 1/2.
Tailor that method to your own current reed size and you may notice a lot more satisfaction with your reed cycle!