Today we have a special guest post about how being organized saves you money from Sarah Titus. Thank you Sarah for this great article!
8 Ways Being Organized Saves You Money
- Plan your weekly menu. By planning your weekly meals, you can make a list for groceries and save a good amount of money on your food costs.
- Buy gifts ahead of time. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that buying Christmas presents between Nov 1-Dec 24 is the worst time of the whole year to purchase (with the exception of Black Friday and Cyber Monday). I’ve been in the retail industry for 15 years and sell on eBay full time. Stores, eBay, and online merchants, all spike up their prices to create hyper sales. Spike up the price of a $5 item to $10 and then run a 50% off sale. Your still paying the original $5 cost, but somehow that 50% off is so alluring, you can’t resist. Buying gifts as you come across REAL clearance’s and sales, will save you a lot of money.
- Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk is generally a great idea. 5 pounds of hamburger is usually cheaper than 1 pound packages. 30 rolls of paper towel are usually more cost effective than 1 roll. With planning and organizing, you can save money by buying items you use everyday in bulk.
- Avoid late fees / overdraft charges. Oh man, who likes those? By being organized, you can prevent these nasty buggers.
- You can find what you already own. This goes back to the story of my mom. Save your money; only buy something once. 🙂
- Find things you already have that may be worth money. You would be amazed at what sells on eBay these days. I’ve seen lint balls go for $10. I’ve seen snow being sold from Colorado for thousands of dollars. I’ve seen coffee mugs go for $40. Surely, there are things that are actually worth something, that you could sell and pay off some debt.
- Save time. Being organized saves you time and we all know time is a precious commodity no one ever has enough of. “Time is money,” as they say.
- Be less stressed. According to a Fast Company magazine article in 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state unequivocally that 80% of our medical expenditures are now stress-related. Getting control of your home and your finances means you will experience less stress, which means less cost in health expenses and time off work for illness.
Sarah is a stay-at-home mom of two wonderful children. Her passion is showing other women in practical ways, how to quit the 9-5 and be able to be home with their little ones as well. From homeless to well-off, this single debt-free mom is most known for her ability to live on $18k/year. Sarah loves encouraging others that dreams do come true if they are willing to consistently work for it.