Clipping coupons is great, but not if you spend 2 hours clipping and sorting to save $5 on items your family doesn’t like to eat.
Purchasing that cute shirt at a discount seems rational, until you get it home and realize it doesn’t fit… and then you never bother to return it.
Dining out with a free meal deal is fabulous, unless you have to spend outside your budget for the rest of the meals to get one “free.”
It’s smart to build a stockpile with items that have been purchased for a few cents, unless you’ve purchased so many that you end up throwing them out.
Snagging that free RedBox code makes for a frugal at-home date night, but not if you forget to return the movie… for a week.
Slashing your cable bill from $63/month to $28/month is money-savvy thinking, until you realize the two shows you keep the cable for can be watched online… for free.
That $10 off $20 product Groupon sounds like a great deal, except that you have to spend $50 to use it.
It’s easy to get so lost in the myriad sales and deals and offers that can’t be beat but you need to order right this very minute, that we lose sight of the greater picture.
Before spending money, even a little bit of money, ask yourself… will I wear it? Use it? Like it? Do I need it?
Can I do without it? Make it myself? Use something I already have? Is this cost better spent elsewhere in my budget? Is there a better way?
Often, the very best way to save money is to not spend it in the first place.