Getting organized=more money in your pocket. Click To TweetOrganizing is more than just a neat and tidy home. It’s a way of life that allows you to find things when you need them, use your time effectively and possibly most importantly, save money. Here are some ways that getting organized can help you save cash. Start keeping track of what you save and treat yourself to a day at the spa, or even a mini vacation!
Know What You Own-By creating a home for everything in your home you will know where things are. When you need them, you’ll simply grab them and use them. For example, how many of us know where our flashlights sewing kits or even replacement lightbulbs are? Many families don’t know where things are and instead of speaking the time and aggravation to locate them, they simply repurchase, spending money they could have saved on the new item, and also on gas to get to the store (plus time).
Found Money-Whenever I organize it’s not uncommon to come across an unwashed check or actually cash. They are small and easy to put in a pock, drawer or pile of paper and never see again, unless you take the time to go through them. Gift cards are another item that is easily lost. Start looking around your home and organizing and I bet you’ll find at least one monetary item.
Tax Deductions-When you donate items to places like Goodwill or The Salvation Army they provide you with a tax receipt for your contribution. This receipt can be used as a tax deduction during that calendar year. This is a great way to save some money by donating your unused, unwanted and extra items!
Use What You Have-How many times have you gone to store and tried to remember if you had an extra bottle of ketchup? By creating an using a pantry/fridge and freezer system you will know what you have on hand and what you need to buy. You will also be able to take advantage of sales and buying in bulk. Organizing your food also means it’s easier to cook meals at home, which also saves you money.
Avoid Late Fees-If your mail or your finances are disorganized, you could be paying late fees or hurting your credit score. This is an easy way to save cash. Simply set up reminders for yourself to pay the bills and or go digital entirely with your bill paying. Many companies will den set up an automatic deduction from your account and you simply have to check the bill for accuracy.
FIND Time-I think the most important asset you can gain by getting organized is your time. By knowing what you have, where it is stored and when you can use it, you will save time. Getting organized increased your enjoyment of your home. It decreases stress with your entire family and it can make a big difference for your family’s budget. Adopt one small change every week and before you know it, you’ll have made great progress!