Michele Ashamalla: I consider myself a savings queen, but my hunt for deals and savings does halt from time to time.
I used to work full-time in an office. I worked for the state and my husband, also an attorney, worked for a private firm. I couldn't have told you how much bananas should cost, let alone what day of the week the sale papers came out. We didn't have a lot of free time, and we were only shopping for two.
Then my husband took a job with the state for better hours. I quit my job when we began our family. Before I knew it, we were shopping for five and trying to save for college -- and that was coming out of only one government salary. Things had to change, and they did. Now all the cutting corners and bargain shopping is second nature, but sometimes I think it's OK to go back to my old ways.
When my parents want something, for example, I get exactly what they ask for. Whatever brand of yogurt they like, or particular kind of chocolate, is what I buy. They had a lifetime of taking care of others, and I think they are entitled to a few perks now.
When I was pregnant with my first child and so, so nauseous, all I wanted was a watermelon. It was November. My husband went out and found me one. I later found out it had cost $17.00 -- for one watermelon! It was worth every penny.
My husband injured his leg, went to the emergency room and got stitches. He needed a prescription afterwards, and I didn't make him go home to get a coupon for it. He had been through enough!
Lots of other things have cropped up over the years, and really, the whole point of saving money is so you have it when you need it. Sometimes you want what you want when you want it. And sometimes, that's OK.