My Money-Saving Resolution

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for the usual suspects on the resolution front: Saving money and weight loss. In my case the weight loss is in anticipation of my upcoming March wedding, but the money saving endeavor is tied to my decision to cut my hours at work and become self-employed in the area of proofreading and copy-editing.

I’ve dabbled in couponing in both the recent and not-so-recent past, and I feel the fever coming on again in full force, now that I’ll be struggling to make every dollar stretch during this transition. I’m lucky enough to have a fiancé that does the grocery shopping for us (and does a heck of a job), but it affects my ability to be present in determining which coupons are worth using at any given time.

It’s a fine line knowing when something is worth redeeming a coupon, or if you’d be better off not buying the item at all. Here’s where the trick comes in; determining where it’s prudent to spend the little money you do have on any given item. It seems easy, but it’s a slippery slope. That’s what makes doing it well so satisfying! (And lo, a fever is created.)

However, is it worth using the little time I gain from less work hours at the grocery store, when I could end up spending money on things I don’t need just because I have coupons?  Do I accept my fiancé’s gracious help and live a coupon-less existence?

My money-saving resolution for this year is to find a balance. To not use a coupon just because it is in my possession, but to make sure it’s something I need to buy anyway. Deciphering needs from wants is difficult, but who ever said resolutions are easy?

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