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Get Organized to Save Money
Are you the type of person that is totally organized all the time and is always a step ahead of the game? Or are you the type of person that feels frazzled all the time trying to find lost items, running to the store for last-minute items because you forgot or just didn’t plan ahead?
I used to be that frazzled person who would waste time and gas driving to the grocery store to pick up an item or two that I forgot for dinner. Or running out to get a last-minute birthday gift on my way to the party. It wasn’t until I really started to get my organizing skills together that I figured out that this bad habit was really costing me not only a lot of money, but time and frustration as well.
Getting your home, daily tasks and overall finances organized can literally save you thousands of dollars every year. Not to mention that you will have more time on your hands, and we all know, time is money. As well as reducing stressful situations because we are not prepared.
Here are eight ways that being organized will save you money, time and stress.
Automate your monthly bill payment by signing up for auto bill pay through your bank or the companies you do business with. This is a one time setup that will save you tons of time paying bills every month. It can also save you a lot of money on late fee charges or higher interest rates because you forgot or were a few days late on making payments.
Build a gift closet
Every time I go out shopping I always keep my eyes peeled for great bargains on gifts. I check out the clearance sections and sales racks. If I find items that I know my family or friends would like I’ll grab them when I can get them at the lowest price. It doesn’t matter if the occasion is months away. Designate a section of a closet for gifts purchased ahead of time. When the occasion rolls around you will be prepared. No more running around for last minutes gifts that you will probably be paying full price for.
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Plan your weekly meal menu ahead of time and make a shopping list of all the items you are going to need for the week. This will save you a lot of time not having to run out to the grocery store because you don’t have all the items to make your meals. And the daily frustration of wondering what’s for supper.
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Create a Vehicle Maintenance Schedule
Create and stick to a schedule of preventative maintenance work on your vehicles. By changing the oil and cleaning air filters and other tasks according to the manufacturer’s recommendations will save you money down the road on costly repairs. Also, by keeping your tires well inflated you will save you a bunch of gas money.
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk can really save you money as well as time doing your weekly shopping. Buy items that you use and need all the time in bulk. The larger the package the less each item is per unit. Make sure that you take into consideration how long it will take you to go through items that may have expiration dates. You don’t want to end up throwing your money out because items have expired.
Keep your Pantry Organized
Keeping your pantry organized will save you money by never letting anything go bad before you can use it. You will also save money by not purchasing items that you already have but can’t find because it is buried in the back of your pantry or refrigerator.
Plan your Errand Runs
Plan your errands around your driving route. Let’s say the grocery store is on the east end of town, make sure that you complete all errands at that same end of town at the same time. Or complete errands on your way home from work or your partner’s drive home from work as you are driving by. This will save you on gas, wear and tear on your vehicle and time not having to run around all over town.
Get Organized to Save Money
There are plenty of ways to get organized to save money and time. I’m sure that you can find plenty of other ways now that you have some ideas. The key is planning ahead of time and always keep what needs to be done in the back of your mind so you are not wasting money and time when it is not necessary.
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