Tuesday Tidbits & Tips: Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
You've heard me say it time and time again. But I'm going to say it once more.
This week's tip? Short, sweet, and simple - Do not compare yourself to others when it comes to couponing and saving money.
Every single family is different. Consider the following factors:
- Regional differences
- Stores available for you to shop at
- Varying coupon policies at those stores
- Income level
- Marital status
- Number and ages of children
- Dietary preferences (Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Weight loss goals, Diabetes, and much more)
- How much time you have on your hands
- Career Choices (stay at home mom versus the full time working mom)
- Life circumstances, and how that affects your grocery budget
- Number of cars you do or do not have
- Newspaper access (a blogging friend of mine can't get the newspaper delivered to her house because of where she lives)
- Priorities in healthy living, buying fruits/veggies, avoiding processed foods, eating organic, etc.
- How often you eat out
So you better believe my grocery budget, couponing adventures, weekly savings, and even my blogging style/frequency will differ greatly from the majority of frugal bloggers out there! But that's okay.
In the beginning, I compared myself. I got frustrated when I wasn't saving like others were. I've even found myself harboring bitterness towards others at times along the journey. I now realize that diversity is beautiful, and that no two people or families are exactly the same. Couponing is a gift, and it can help anybody no matter what situation their life is in. Everyone just has to take that gift and use it how they see fit.
My advice for you? Evaluate your own life. Decide what is most important to you in the realm of saving money and using coupons. Look at your life and all the different factors it brings into play. Nail down a budget and stick to it. Coupons definitely come in handy, but don't become so obsessed with them that all you're caring about is whether or not your savings ratio beats out the next person's.
It's nice to see that I spent $20 on $150 worth of groceries, but it was also nice to come home from my "no coupons" trip tonight at Publix. I had one of the worst savings ratios in my couponing history, but I was way under budget, bought almost all healthy fruits/veggies, and had a nice stress-free break from couponing!
So stop comparing yourself! Enjoy your life, set a budget, and use coupons to help you out. Most importantly - do what is best for you and your family!
What About You: What factors in your life contribute to your grocery budget and couponing lifestyle?
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