I recently read a post with advice I needed to take to heart: Just because there's a deal doesn't mean I have to go after it.
I'm not referring to items I don't need here. I'm talking about all the things I will use... eventually. I don't want to eat or store 15 boxes of the same kind of cereal of all the cereals I enjoy, but I do want and have unlimited basement storage for 15 bags of dog food.
I've calculated my savings on my last three major outings to Kroger and Target for basic supplies and am consistently saving 35%. I'm thrilled! I used to be happy because the item I wanted to buy happened to be on sale or if I had a coupon or two. Now, I'm doing much better at lining up coupons with what's on sale and stocking up. However, with my limited budget, I can only go so far.
I also don't know that I will ever reach the level some couponing queens do because I am brand specific on more things than others. As a vegetarian I'm looking for specific foods and products that do not contain animal byproducts. For example, I have no use for Campbell's soup. Or, if there's a brand or line of products of which only two are vegetarian, how many can I use--not so many. And, for the most part, there aren't coupons on fresh vegetables. Doesn't matter what time of year it is or what the price is, I'll always be buying zucchini, potatoes, spinach, broccoli, peppers, etc at a higher frequency than non-vegetarians with only a few exceptions.
Back to money matter at hand, it doesn't matter if spaghetti is on sale for $.05 a box if I only have $.03 to spend.
I found a great deal on Pampers wipes last week (Big Lots in South Knoxville), and I've been dying to go back and get more. In fact, I was counting down the days till payday, so I could hit the deal and stock up on even more... By the time payday came, though, I realized that if my family is going to be able to afford a small beach camping trip we've been planning, I'm going to have to cut back on spending, even if that means holding back on stocking up on good deals to save in the long run.
So, the next thing I need to do is work closely on not over stretching our budget. That said, however, our tax refund check came today! Now I can run over to Big Lots! And, in all seriousness, this year I plan to budget from our tax refund check for stockpiling things we use all the time. Now I'll be ready when there's a killer deal on diapers, dog food, toilet paper, peanut butter--or even spaghetti.
These Peonies from my front yard are eager to burst open!