The Need For Balance

14 May

So I’m realizing the importance of balance in all aspects of life these days, especially when it comes to spending/saving and my mindset towards being more penny wise.  It is wonderful to save $ using coupons, finding lowest prices on big ticket items, and being frugal, but where do you draw the line? How much time is too much spent clipping coupons, researching deals and getting the lowest price?

When I first started using coupons, I knew I only wanted to use coupons for items I already buy, meaning I didn’t want to buy 14 tubes of x brand toothpaste just because it was on sale/cheap. So far, I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my original plan, but I’ve made a few recent purchases that upon returning home I had to wonder, what was I thinking? None of the items were all that pricey, but did I need 4 premade pie crusts just because I had a coupon? Nope. I also started getting so enthusiastic about coupons that I was clipping coupons in case I might want to switch brands and try something new. Pretty much the draw of having a coupon was starting to outweigh my normal purchasing habits…but not in a good way I think.

This has been one challenge that I have faced while becoming more frugal and another challenge I’ve come upon while using coupons is that when I have a coupon for almost every item on my list, I have trouble justifying buying items not on my list. Now you may think, that’s a great thing and yes, most of the time it is, but sometimes I think I’m going overboard and it’s too much.  I feel guilty if I want to buy an item on my grocery list and I don’t have a coupon for it. And my husband might agree on the occasion when he’s gone shopping with me and I give him “the look” while we’re shopping and he puts items in the cart that aren’t on the list/having a coupon.

So, I’ve decided I just need to focus on a little more balance with my frugality. Saving money is great as is using coupons, but if there is a cereal that dear husband would like and I don’t have a coupon, it’s not the end of the world. =)

How do you balance your spending/saving habits while still keeping everyone happy in your household and not going overboard with couponing?

6 Responses to “The Need For Balance”

  1. Jackie May 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    I usually cut out coupons for what we normally buy and coupons for things we would like to try. I always try very hard to stick to my grocery list but if I don’t have a coupon and it is something we need and want I will still get the item, although I do try to stick to sale items. I also set aside a specific amount of time each week to work on clipping and sorting coupons. It helps me from spending too much of my time on coupons.

  2. Kelly May 15, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Hello! I’m visiting from the Super Stalker Sunday blog hop. I’m now following via fb and twitter. Hope you’ll stop by, look around and say “Hi”.

    I love couponing and bargain shopping and have been doing it for years. Now that 2 of my 3 children are out on their own and our finances are a little tighter, I find myself doing less. Once our finances increase, I plan on doing more and donating to non-profits.

    Have a great Sunday,

    Kelly
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  3. Savings is Free May 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I Came to you via Blog hop. But I was reading your post about balance. I don’t have that answer but Its funny my husband thinks it will end up being a Dr.Phil show.
    Wives who get made at their husbands for buying something without a coupon! We try to make light of the look I give him and laugh.

  4. cindy May 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I tried cutting coupons but found that soooo many of them required you buy more than one item to get a deal and we just don’t have the storage space. I make a list each week and also allow just so much money for the groceries. I then guestimate what the groceries will cost and decide if there’s room for extras. sometimes I must adhere to my “list” but there are times when I happily buy a little extra “just because I can”! With the coupons that I so cut out, my biggest challenge is remembering that I have them when it’s time to pay the grocery bill! Your website is inspiring me…thank you!!

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