Lately, I wonder if I'm taking this saving money thing a bit too far.
And now that money isn't as tight as in prior months, I'm having a hard time toning down my new habits.
So, it IS true that old habits die hard.
I suppose it isn't entirely a bad thing that my habit to save money is saving us money and saving money is always good. But sometimes I feel like I've taken it a little too far.
For example, about two weeks ago, I bought shaving cream at a pharmacy at a cost of 2 for $5. I had to buy 2 because they wouldn't give the sale price on just one (which I hated). Anyway, the next week, as I looked through the ads from the Sunday paper, my stomach fell to the floor when I saw an ad from another pharmacy advertising it's sale on the same shaving cream at a cheaper price: 2 for $4.
It was then that I realized that I might have a problem.
I've also found myself avoiding my grocery/household necessity trips until I've reviewed all the store ads from the Sunday paper. I have this fear, all of a sudden, of buying something at X store only to find out a few days later that Y store had it on sale for less.
And so, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about this new fear of paying more. It clearly isn't going to make or break our budget if I spend $1 more on something this week when I clearly need the item now (as the case was with the shaving cream). Either way I have to keep reminding myself that I bought that shaving cream at a sale price anyway, cheaper than my old shopping habits - which was to just shop at one store (Target - not Walmart). And I need to remember that sales come and go, but always come back again.
And perhaps I should practice deep breathing when I see a sale on an item I'd just bought. Deep breath in. Deep breath out.
Ah, much better.