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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Recession Proof Organizing

I hate to be the one to bring up the “R” word. Just like you, I’m tired of the newspaper headlines. Unfortunately, the reality is that for most of us the recession has brought about change. For some, those changes were out of necessity, for others it was simply the politically correct thing to do.

Those that have made changes to be politically correct may not buy any less, but they are certainly more discreet. I know of a few people who wait until dark to secretly unload their shopping bags. If you can’t afford to shop at least you can be entertained watching those around you feel guilty enough to hide their purchases.

Whichever category you fall into, we have some great organizational tips that will save you both time and money. Having more time and money is always in style no matter what the newspapers are saying.

Organize your online shopping
An organized shopping effort is important whether it’s online or in a store. Shopping online for an organizational solution can be a great way to save money, because you’re less likely to end up with an impulse purchase. It can be hard to feel organized when you can’t find the website you were just on last week or you can’t remember the user id or password you created just yesterday. Make online buying simple with the Open Sesame Password Log or the Password Log from Buttoned Up.

Organize your errands
Use a shopping list to foster discipline and more careful buying habits. You’re less likely to make those buying mistakes that will waste both time and money. I have one friend that spends hours in the return lines, and another who hates returning items so much that the bags stack up in a closet at her house.

FUN TIP: Write a budget at the top of the list. If you come in under budget allow yourself a trip to the sale rack.

Organize your tasks

Use a task list to make sure that important tasks get accomplished on time. The benefits of utilizing a task list are endless, but here are a few to convince you. Reduce stress simply by writing your tasks down on paper.

Secure your bonus at work by getting your projects done on time. Avoid late fees from forgotten bills. We’ve created a form you can use to organize your tasks. [DOWNLOAD]

Organize your meals
Bring your lunch to work. You’ll save money and calories. The Built NY Lunch Tote is a stylish way to bring your lunch. You can even use it when you are running weekend errands and avoid the last minute drive through meals.

Organize your receipts
Organize your receipts to make sure that you don’t miss a tax deduction or reimbursements from work. Create a strategy for organizing your receipts and stick to it for at least 6 months. One year I tried so many different methods I’m still finding receipts in envelopes. The money lost in tax deductions would have more than covered the expense of the Receipt Catcher from Buttoned Up. Depending on your life style, keep one in your laptop bag and another in your car.

We hope these tips work for you! We welcome your feedback especially if you have tips of your own you would like to share.
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