Looking to save money in 2013? You have come to the right place. For the next few months we will be talking about some simple ways that you can save money in 2013. Making small changes over a period of time will lead up to a big change. It’s often much easier and more likely to become a habit if you take one small step and work on it before introducing another change.
Do you ever feel like this is you?
We all end up with lists of errands that need to be done that seem to grow as the week goes on. Kids have lessons or activities to get to and you really need to drop off some things at Goodwill and mail some letters at the post office. Not to mention all the other things that will come up in the next few days.
Errands can seem overwhelming, but they can also cost you a lot of money, unless you are fortunate enough to be able to walk or ride a bike to do your errands. Let’s face it, gas prices keep going up while many of our incomes decline or stay the same. We need to save money in as many ways as we can.
Let’s try to save money, keep from going “out” for errands everyday and save your sanity by keeping a list of the errnads that need to be taken care of. Maybe you can run these errands while you are out taking your kids to their lessons or activities. I know sometimes you just want to get done and go home, but it would be so much better in the long run if we ran these errands while we were already in the area. In the end, you will feel better because you not only accomplished something, but you got them all done at once.
Many times we can make do without these eraands for a few days until we need to go somewhere. Planning out your week and finding that time to run those errands will not only give you more time, but save you from doing things at the last minute.
If you are not a planner, I highly recommend you try to become one. Planning can save you time and money in so many ways.
If you’re interested in getting better organized, read this past post.
Here is a link that I think you find useful about How a Notebook Could Help You, as well as a blog article by Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom on how a notebook helped her.
I try to combine errands as much as possible. I keep a list of the things I need to pick up in Little Rock in my notebook as well as a running grocery list. I then try to run all the errands I can before or after whatever brought us to town in the first place. It can sometimes make the day longer, but I am thankful not to have to go back.
Why do I often wait to buy these things in Little Rock? We live in a pretty rural area that is served by a less than adequate Dollar General and a very expensive small town grocery and the nearest Walmart is over 25 miles away. There are many things I cannot get where we live, so I just wait. It’s just part of living where we do. You learn to plan accordingly, and combine your errands or you spend a lot of money (and time) staying on the road. I don’t know about you, but the more time spent on the road for us, the less that gets done at home.
How do you like to take care of your errands?
making a habit out of living frugal…..
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