I just came home to Boston after a month long stay at my mom’s house in California. Maybe it’s just me, but being on vacation always gets me a bit out of touch with reality. We are not in a position to shop without checking prices (besides the Queen who is?). The past month saw my coupon usage diminish. OK, I used zero. No, really, I didn’t use one coupon and I have guilt over it.
For the past 3 years, every week was spent getting lists/coupons/deals together for shopping. But, as I’ve written before about getting coupon burnout, everyone, sometime, somewhere will burn out..if only for a bit.
I came home to a mail full of coupons (see pic above). Going through all these high-value, rare coupons gave me a knot in my stomach. I’m letting all this money expire. It’s free money going to waste. I’m not a saver by nature.
I’ll tell anyone, I save by choice. A lot of die-hard couponers say they would still use coupons even if they won the lottery. You know what? Not me! I love coupons, I thank them for helping me get out of debt, but I’d be happy to ditch them when and if our finances allowed for it.
Staying on a budget, living under our means, sacrificing shopping..is HARD WORK!
I don’t ever want to go into debt again. That is a time better left in our past. But there are days, weeks, sometimes a whole month ahem..I let it go to the wayside.
I’ve been a bad coupon girl this past month..but I don’t have any guilt over it. Everything in moderation. Did I buy retail? No, of course not. Did I treat myself to some new shoes (maybe 3)? Yes, I did. My life was fancy, it’s all I knew my whole growing up, and sometimes rears it’s head, especially on trips to LA!
So, I’m a work in progress, probably will be the rest of my life. But, I’m also not going to beat myself up over it..unless it’s an ice cream coupon that expires…
Now your turn! Do you ever feel like you’re slacking in the saving department?
— Isra(@thefrugalette) July 30, 2012