…but I've had a frugality burnout. Perhaps it's the holiday season, and the suddenly-overflowing to do list, on top of the regular to do list, and the stress of that, compounded by the frustration of spending the past 7 days in the bathroom with the second twin (potty training is not going well), plus that same child has been waking 3-4 times each night, what on earth for?
So yes, I fell off the blogosphere, sorry about that. And my budget is suffering. No Menu Plan Monday this week, no sirree. We had pizza last night, and we went out to eat the night before. Bad, bad, Gina! And I'm shopping like crazy–mostly Christmas presents, mostly on Amazon–so I didn't actually overspend there. But then we went to the mall, and to Ikea, and I'm buying all kinds of things for the house that I've been holding off on for months…
I think the pressure of saving, saving, saving all year has come to a head now that the year is almost over. I feel like I deserve to buy some things, and buy them now instead of waiting for a deal. We've been saving so much money each month but I don't get to enjoy the savings tangibly–it goes directly to paying down the mortgage and student loans–that it often feels like the effort isn't worth it. I'm going to reread JD's article on How to Avoid Frugality Burnout (I should have read it last week!).
How do you cope with the feelings of saving vs. splurging? I'd love to know!