Guest post from: Constance Rodgers

Mike, my husband, has lost his mind on this saving money kick. It started when his hours got cut a little at the plant and we both started thinking of ways to save a little here and there. Great. No big deal. But now he’s taken it too far I’d say and all we ever talk about is how we’re going to save money! My son is wearing shoes from Goodwill which, I don’t want to sound snobby, but we can afford new shoes for him! And my husband will ONLY buy groceries he can get with a coupon so we’ve been eating a lot of weird meals lately made up of unhealthy packaged foods and sports drinks. I’m not sure it’s the best lesson to teach our son since he’s going so overboard with it but it has saved us a lot of money so far. Mike looked into and saved us tons on our utility bills and he traded in his car for a smaller model and that saved us a couple thousand. I really want to take a vacation with the money we’ve saved but he just laughs when I say that and says we should keep the money in a high-interest savings account. That sounds painfully boring to me but I guess it makes sense and is the “mature” thing to do. I just never thought I’d be sitting at home counting out the number of apples we have because I wasn’t allowed to buy more until next week after the Sunday coupons came out! Mike needs to get a grip, I keep telling him, because he’s taking some of the joy out of daily life by being so crazy with his finances. I don’t really pay bills or look at the money all that much but I know enough to know he’s really taking things too far and I don’t want my son to think this is the only way to manage money. He’s already learned the value of a dollar.