Living a Frugal and Organized Life
One key to sustaining a frugal lifestyle is being organized and staying on track. This is a guide about being frugal and organized
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I have always been frugal. I am even more frugal as I get older and the economy has forced me to be more frugal, to stretch the almighty dollar. I access web sites, use coupons, go to clothes/food giveaways all in the effort to pay my bills and saving as much money as I can. Sometime it is a struggle. But in the end it is worth it.
The corner stone to my keeping me on track is organization. I have it down to a very manageable system. There are some days when things fall behind, but for the most part, it works, at least for me. Let me break down my schedule for you.
- Iron my clothes for the week with one extra outfit
- Reorganize items in the storage area in the garage
- Scroll through the Sunday, looking at the ads and coupons
- Prepare dinner
- Clean out refrigerator old food and leftovers, straightened out cupboards - mini shopping list.
- Cut and sort coupons. Coupons will be sorted by expiration date first, then by food and non food items.
- Prepare book bag for transportation (projects that can worked on during break and lunch time)
- Bedtime routine (change purse, redo finger nail polish, etc)
- Use my break time and lunch time to check emails, reply to texts, and messages.
- Fill out surveys, rewards sites.
- Make phone calls if needed.
- Clean emails from phone on the way to work( my husband usually drives me in)
- Jot down any ideas or thoughts about my next blog posts.
- Take shots of scene to be used in posting.
- Check phone messages from home
- Organize coupons
- Last day for end/beginning of new sales ads.
- I have an app and email alerts to the new weekly ads.
- Check email apps and any alerts from for CVS, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Target, other various sites
- Complete any surveys from various stores or receipts.
- Check to see if items are needed from last week's sale or this week sale ads
- Match coupons to ads
- Shopping trips with living area
- Visit local thrift shops for new merchandise
- Start new post to blog. I have 5 blogs and will deal with each on a weekly basis
- Finish editing blog post. Check email and other reward sites. Complete any information for mailing out any letters, bills. I use bill pay and money orders to pay bills
- Start making jewelry and anything connected with my jewelry business(adding hooks, finishing products, taking pictures, edit for uploading on to blog and web site.
- Continue to add to blog. Download pictures to photo editing sites(Flickr, Pinick, Photobucket)
- Check email, Face Book, Twitter, Four Square and Twitter
- Start laundry
- Clean upstairs bathroom
- Clean living room and dining room
- Finish laundry
- Clean bedroom
- Clean downstairs bathroom
- Wash remaining clothes and bed linen
- Defrost food for dinner
- Go to library for old magazines and use computer services
- Check email for preview of next weeks ads
- Cut and sort any coupons from magazines and web sites
- Finish any shopping before new ads on Sunday
- Read/Scroll through magazines and any readings
Now this schedule can change due to emergencies, appointments,outings or I am just to tire to move. There are times when I will tweak this schedule to fit my needs, but basically, this is it. It keeps me on my toes and lets everyone else know what to expect. Easy as pie.
By Georgetta Ruth from Waterloo, IARead 3 Comments
Many people are overwhelmed with the thought of organizing their home let alone one specific area. A great "workplace" organization methodology you can follow in the home is called "5S", originally employed in Japanese manufacturing plants.
Loosely translated to English, the 5S model is as follows:
- Step 1 - Sort Use this step to purge your life of "stuff" you have accumulated that adds no value to your life and should either be discarded, sold or donated);
- Step 2 - Straighten
- Step 3 - Shine (clean)
- Step 4 - Standardize You might label bins or jars that specific items are to be stored in.
- Step 5 - Sustain Once you have established new standards, be sure you have a system to ensure you are reviewing and maintaining the new standards.
There are many sources of information on the internet for "5S" or maybe even in the mind of your spouse who has been involved in "5S events" at work.
Beyond 5S, simply avoid purchasing "stuff" that truly is not needed by you or your family. Start by understanding "wants" vs "needs". "Stuff" does not define us; it is the things we do and the lives we impact that defines us.
By Lean Machine from Cleveland, OHRead 4 Comments
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Being separated from my husband brought on many financial challenges. First, I had to find a place to live that I could afford. The apartment I found was very small but nice. The problem was I had so much craft "stuff", I didn't have room for everything. I couldn't afford a storage space so I became obsessed in finding places to hide things.
I had to decide what to keep and what to purge. I couldn't fathom getting rid of my clear glass ornaments, my beads, my tiny little embellishments, etc. Suddenly the light bulb came on! Since the ornament holder takes up space, why couldn't I fill those ornaments with "stuff" I had to keep? I started filling the clear glass ornaments with the smallest beads. It not only provided a place to store my beads, but I also came up with ideas of other things I could keep in them. The plastic ornament boxes slide under my bed nicely! When I get ready to use the ornament, I will simply find another creative place to store them. Ta Da!
A place for everything and everything in it's place helps my busy life run much smoother and it saves money too!
If you have a frugal buddy (I have one who lives near a great independent dollar store.) - have them look out for new and interesting arrivals (and do the same for them, of course). . .Read More...