Yes, I am making a confession to all of my readers. The title says it all. I have not used a coupon in more than a month. Some of you may be completely shocked by that statement and others of you might be in the same boat as me!
The reason is actually two fold. First of all, summer is about my kids and trying to be a mom first and find deals second. That meant much of my normal clipping time had to go to the wayside. So did much of my deal finding and occasionally — posting. I know that makes sense to all of you.
The second reason was that I just did not feel like it. I was truly suffering money saving burnout. I was tired of looking at deals. I was tired of cutting my coupons. I was tired of it all. I know that this happens to all of us from time to time, so I just did what I needed to – I took a break.
Now that we are gearing up for school and our routine will get back to normal, I am feeling the motivation to save again. I spent 2 hours clipping and organizing coupons this past weekend while the kids were playing hotel and camping (I love it why my kids play together). I sat down and took a good hard look at the weekly ads. My husband and I even had a chance to analyze our budget for the month and make sure we were on target with our spending.
I share this with all of you because I know that it happens. If you are burned out you are not alone, as it happens to most of us at one point or another. You just go at saving so hard so fast that you experience burn out. When you feel this, it is OK to take a break. Forget about working so hard at saving money. That doesn’t mean to spend willy nilly, it just means that you don’t have to clip every coupon or try to get every deal. Go back to just relaxing for a bit and not stressing about saving.
Chances are, after a short break, you will feel re-energized to save again. You will be ready to sharpen your scissors and scope out all of the deals. You will get back on track. I do recommend however, that you don’t go at it so hard that you get burned out again. Slow and steady wins the race. And always remember that saving money is just that — saving money. And whether you save $0.10 or $10 — you still didn’t pay full price!