Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a talk and book signing with Living The Savvy Life authors Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons.
For example, Melissa loves to travel, but is not bothered what car she drives. For me, our home is a major expense but we don’t have cable TV and are quite happy eating out at Fresh Choice. Plus, I love running, libraries and napping, which are all wonderful free hobbies!
During the talk, and subsequently when I devoured most of the book on Sunday afternoon, I realized just how many links there are between being organized and being in control of your finances.
Consider these costs:
|~ Late fees on bills
~ Gift cards you’ve misplaced
~ Duplicate purchases of things you own, but can’t find
~ Last-minute purchases for special occasions you forgot
~ Food thrown away, because you didn’t plan when you’d eat it
~ Take-out meals, because there’s nothing to eat at home
~ Gas used on errands, which could have been grouped
I’m sure you get the picture. Add to this the potential income you could make from selling the clutter that you own and never use, and it becomes easy to see that time spent organizing quickly pays off in real cash.
So, if the weather is bad this weekend, why not fore-go the movie or restaurant outing? Spend an afternoon doing a bit of decluttering, take care of outstanding bills, and make yourself a meal plan for next week. You’ll be richer for it.
How else does being organized save you money?
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