Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's OK to take a Break

The other day I was reading a very interesting post written by Gina on Mommy Making Money about her frugality and savings burnout and after giving the issue some thought I realized she had some really important points. The pressure of saving and being frugal will likely take a toll on you and your family and the need to splurge occasionally will most likely hit you (if it hasn't hit you already). I have been through this battle many times and the bottom line is "Its actually OK to take a break".
The reason I justify my occasional splurges is because I know that with my frugal & saving lifestyle I have saved thousands of dollars over the years and I can actually afford to spend a little on something out of the budget. And when I do splurge on something, I don't feel guilty about it. Going out to eat every so often is OK and we all need to feel human "once in a while". But soon enough the frugalistic side of me will kick in and I will once again be on a roll, looking for every possible way to save money and get more for my dollar.
The way I see it, is that its absolutely necessary to take breaks from frugal living because if you don't you will end up in complete burnout and indulge in big time spending. Treating yourself or your home with something you wanted for a while is worth it for it creates sanity and peace of mind. For me spending some quality "hubby time" in a nice restaurant even though its costly, is very worthwhile for our relationship and will better our children's lives. It's important to know when frugality has take a back seat in order for it to remain in the driver's seat most of the time.
So as this Holiday Season is approaching treat yourself, family and friends to some of their wishes and enjoy them. Don't forget even though you maybe buying some "extras" this time of year, if you use coupons and take advantage of sales then you are doing plenty to save money and are ahead of the game. Hope you all have a very relaxed and enjoyful Holiday Season!

1 comment:

Gina said...

Thank you for the affirmation.

Now I just wish I hadn't spent all that money eating pizza last week. I should have bought myself clothes or jewelry or something nice. :)


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