We all experience it. We get tired. We're working so hard to make our financial lives better. During some seasons it feels like there are no breaks. The day in and day out hard work to stay on budget becomes mundane and frustrating and makes you want to throw in the towel. .
Saving money is hard work. Couponing takes time, effort, and brain power. Gardening is another task on your to-do list in the summer. Meal planning can take every last brain cell you have! Finding clothing that fits your family and budget, takes some searching.
When you're in the Get-Out-of-Debt phase, you're so totally focused on that debt, often just seeing the progress you are making helps make the work worth the extra effort. Unless your Get Out of Debt plan that takes longer than 1-2 years, just seeing the debt go away can be enough motivation.
Once out of debt, you still need a budget, but there's no Finish Line per se. It can become disenchanting, especially if you are living on a smaller income. Pinching pennies with no end in sight can become disheartening. You cut coupons, meal plan, garden, but for what end? Sometimes you just want to spend without abandon.
How to Deal With Burn-Out
It's not easy. It's a battle in your mind and a need of renewed focus and energy. Go back to the roots of why you are doing these things. What's the reason you are wanting to save money? Have you vowed never to go back into debt? This is a great reason. Thinking about how much harder it would be with payments should help you remember a reason why it's worth it! Or if you're still working on getting out of debt, consider the Freedom you will feel when it's done.
Time for a Break?
Sometimes you need a break. Take the week or month off of couponing. The deals will be there for you again when you start back up. Or if there's another area that can slide for a while without completely throwing your finances to the wind, let it go, for a short while.
And if you are a Christian, Pray. God will hear you. Sometimes all you need is to talk it out with someone and who better than our loving God? God may even bring to your mind something you can change to make your journey easier or He will just help you bear the load. He may even decide to work a miracle for you.
Time to Move On
Once you've prayed, taken your break, and reflected on the why behind your frugal living, then hop back on the wagon. Just start taking the steps and pretty soon it'll start being second nature again. Remember it's okay to slip off the frugal bandwagon for a while, you're not a failure as long as you hop back up and get ready to do what you can.
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Dealing with Frugal Burnout Works for Me. This post is linked to 30 Minute Blog Challenge, Thrifty Thursday, and Frugal Friday.