Thrifty Tuesday: Organizing Saves $$$ (Guest Post)

So many people say that they just are too busy to be organized or just don’t have the time to get organized. Did you know that you can actually be throwing money out the window if you aren’t? Just by taking a few simple steps, you will not only make your life easier, you’ll make your wallet happy too!

1. Avoid the Duplicate Purchase. Have you ever gone shopping and then realized, when you got home, that you already had 3 cans of peas in the pantry….they were just hidden behind the large jar of pasta sauce. Frustrating, isn’t it? By taking the time to organize your pantry, freezer and refrigerator you can easily take a quick inventory of what you need to purchase at the store. By keeping like items all grouped together (i.e. canned items or snack foods), makes it very easy to quickly determine which items you need to buy.

2. Prevents Food Waste. There are times when you might buy an extra carton of sour cream, which ends up hiding in the back of your refrigerator and you don’t find it until it is filled with a lovely black growth. So, you have to toss it in the trash. That is money wasted. If you keep your refrigerator or freezer organize and not OVERLY full, you won’t miss items again.

3. Avoid the Line Between Hoarder and Stockpiler. If you already have 10 cans of green beans on hand and they are on sale again, do you really need to purchase 10 more? If you can easily glance at your pantry and see what you have stockpiled, you can save spending and can just wait until the next great sale comes around.

4. Don’t Miss Out on Savings. If you keep your coupons organized and easy to access, you won’t find that great one for $2.50/1 Dishwasher Tabs — 4 days after it has expired. So now, you will end up paying full price or saving only $0.50 instead. While it is still savings, you could have saved more if you had been able to more easily locate the coupons you had on hand. You can actually utilize my coupon database to help you keep track of the coupons that have been in the inserts here in Kansas City.

Just taking some extra time to get a handle on being organized can save you money AND precious time.

Tracie has worked hard to eliminate over $35,000 in debt in only 27 short months.  In her “spare” time, she takes care of 3 small children and blogs for KC Parent Magazine.  She shares her deals, tips and ways to save money at KC Penny Pinchin’ Mama.

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