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Sunday, April 26, 2009

10 Ways Getting Organized Makes/Saves You Money

1. Ditch your storage unit. If you are paying $50 month, that's $600a year savings or $3,000 in five years! Invest the $50 and make money.

2. Sell your clutter or items in the storage unit on Craig's list or e-bay.

3. Don't want to spend time with Craig's list or e-bay? Donate the items and take a tax deduction next year.

4. Meal planning will save you money because you buy only what you will use based on the meals you have planned. No more running to the store for a missing ingredient will save you money on gas.

5. For one month eat from your pantry and freezer. Buy only perishable items you need. Maybe you will eat the food you have before it expires too!

6. Unearth gifts you have bought for people and contain them in one area (shelves in a closet, drawers in a dresser, or a large container). Create a gift center and store cards, gift wrap, and gifts all in one space where you can find them. Doing this may mean you don't need to go gift shopping this year because you have found all of the gifts you forgot you already purchased.

7. Stop retail shopping therapy. I don't think this needs explaining.

8. Don't buy something just because it is on sale--for you or anyone else. If it is on sale and you will use it (consumable) then that is a smart decision. My point is, don't buy something on sale just because "it is a good buy", if you don't know what you will do with it.

9. When I work with clients to clear their clutter I always find money in some form--gift cards, coupons, cash, uncashed checks, savings bonds that have matured, a receipt to return an item of value (jewelry or expensive clothing usually), the list goes on and on. Want to find money? Clear your clutter!

10. Consign gently used clothing that you are never, ever going to wear again. I practice this and make an easy $500 year. Last year I made $623.57. How do I know? I use Quicken’s find feature and in less than a few seconds I knew exactly how much I made.

How have you saved or made money by getting organized?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Weekly Menu

Someone mentioned to me that my meals are "fancy". I replied that I have a few gourmets to cook for! This week Safeway had a great meal combo coupon offering for a spaghetti dinner, taco dinner, and hamburgers. This week it is back to simple, easy, and cheap dinners!

Tuesday - Grilled Shrimp, Peanutty Soba Noodles, and Edamame

Wednesday - Hamburgers with Cheese, Avocado, and Bacon

Thursday - Beef Tacos

Friday - Pasta with Meat Sauce, Green Salad, and French Bread

Saturday - Take-out Sushi

Sunday - Roasted Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Green Peas

Monday - Chicken Tacos

I'll be at conference after this, so the family gets to eat all the unhealthy food they want! Check back on May 5th for new menu plan.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Product Review

I mentioned in a previous blog that I am determined to cut my grocery bill in half. So far I am averaging 56% weekly savings! Coupon clipping, buying items on sale, and redeeming store dollars off coupons really adds up fast! I am saving more than I'm spending!! I heard about the Couponizer recently and ordered one--can't wait to receive it. Here are the components of The Couponizer® System:

The Couponizer™ - wire bound booklet
Your Guide to Smart Savings
CoupStacker - presorting mat
Shopping List
CoupTracker - record monthly savings
Carrying Bag

To learn more and to order one (only $19.95!) click here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Weekly Menu

Tuesday - Lamb Pitas with Tomato, Scallions and Mint Yogurt Dressing

Wednesday - Turkey Meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes, and peas


Friday - Farfalle, Pesto, and Asparagus

SaturdayGreek Orzo and Grilled Shrimp Salad with Mustard-Dill Vinaigrette

Sunday – Herb Crusted Salmon Filets (Ikea), Asparagus and Sliced Almonds, Whole Wheat CousCous

Monday Beef Roast with Root Vegetables

Thursday, April 9, 2009

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Weekly Menu

I have shifted my weekly menu post to TUESDAY so I can plan my meals around the weekly grocery specials.

Monday – Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cucumber/Tomato Salad

Tuesday - Beef and Bean Enchiladas with a Green Salad

Wednesday - Chicken and Barley Soup

Thursday – French Toast and Bacon

Friday - Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Steamed Broccoli Crowns

Saturday – Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloins with CousCous and Roasted Asparagus

Sunday – Leg of Lamb with Orzo; Minted Peas; Cucumber Yogurt Salad

Monday – Pork Fried Rice and Potstickers

A bit about me...

I love to organize anything! I love to read anything on the subject of organizing. I especially love helping others learn the joy and simplification organizing habits and behaviors can bring to their lives.

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Anne Blumer

Anne Blumer
Certified Professional Organizer, Certified GO System Trainer and Consultant, and Certified FreedomFiler Consultant

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