I get high off of bargains, from beating the system. It makes me feel self-sufficient, if not a little self-satisfied.
Couponing? Well that was becoming another 20-hour-per-week job. I mean, sure. I got free stuff and saved money... And all those good deals? Well, they languished in our pantry because, really, what do you do with 10 cans of butter beans?
To keep myself on the straight and narrow, and to ensure ongoing success at thrift stores and flea markets wherever I go, I now follow these basic rules.
Teaching kids about money is hard -- we should cut ourselves some slack.