We give a lot of Thrifty Tips about couponing and saving money. But, I think that some of us (that definitely includes me!) need to remember to implement healthy boundaries in our money-saving and couponing lifestyles. But, rather than just talking about those healthy boundaries, let’s take a look at what happens without healthy couponing boundaries.
What Not to Do
- If you want to burn out as a couponer, follow at least four couponing sites and make multiple stops to the same stores in one week…because you go as soon as you see the deal posted.
- If you want to burn out as a couponer, set aside things that help you get recharged (like reading, working out, family time) if they get in the way of finding deals, clipping, printing or organizing coupons or actually making your purchases.
- Buy things you don’t need simply because you can get such a great deal.
- Watch “Extreme Couponing” for comparison and tips, as opposed to sheer entertainment.
- Tell your friends and family about all the deals you’ve gotten, even when they show no interest.
- Don’t enjoy something for which you paid full price.
Okay, so some of the above listed items are a bit extreme but not by much! 🙂 In reality, the above list reveals both the extreme and the balance. While saving money can enhance and enrich our lives in so many ways, if we are not careful, it can also rip us off of real life. And, that is no bargain at all!
We’d love to hear from you whether you’ve burned out, prevented burn out, or recovered from it! What did you do? Please share your story with us!
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