The New Year brings both resolutions and revolutions in life or at least the opportunity for them. One resolution that even if it does not last long, a little bit is better than doing nothing, is saving money. A lifestyle of Budget Living will do this for you.
The first thing that you must do is recognize that this is a great time to adopt this lifestyle. Some people are participating in this style out of need and others to live a better style of life. The range of participation is grocery store coupons to always buying a gently used car, all the way to saving thousands on taxes by living on agricultural property as opposed to a single family residential property.
The first thing to do in life is evaluate what you already have. Shop from your home and be organized about what you have. At I-70 and Wadsworth in Arvada Home Depot, Lowe’s, Office Max and Office Depot all have retail outlets. These places are ready and waiting to help you organize your stuff. Shelving and storage boxes will help you organize clothing, linens and food. There are solutions for all spots from the Kitchen to the garage. Not buying duplicates will put money in your pockets it does not matter if it is the extra roll of masking tape or a spare package of batteries. A visit to Office Max and Office Depot could save you money too. Organizing your paperwork will keep you on top of your bills and avoid late fees and help you to be sure that you have all the receipts you need for rebates and taxes. Remember to pick up an organizer for your coupons, a sturdy 5 by 7 file card box works well and a box of envelopes for rebates you need to mail. Office Max has a 20% off of everything you can fit in the bag sale this week, (the bag was in Sunday’s paper,) it includes clearance and sale priced items as well.
As you shop from your home, remember you pantry. Make some notes on what is on the shelves of your cabinets and refrigerator. Build your menu around these items for a smaller grocery bill and more shelf space. This may also be your last chance for a while to restock your spice shelf at sale prices. Be advised to check out your spices for the New Year.
Bargains exist at Target and Walgreens to restock you medicine cabinet. After all when you get a cold is not the time to find that you do not have anything to help the drippy nose or cough on the shelf. Safeway had a coupon in Sunday’s paper for Kleenex at 99 cents limit 2 boxes.
Remember that the resolutions you make to start the New Year will show the best results if you can keep with them. Using a few coupons a week could save you a few extra dollars for your vacation fund or at least make your next insurance payment less painful. Even a week’s worth of couponing can give you reason to splurge on that next cappuccino. Whatever you choose to do, Arvada Budget Living will be here to help you find savings in 2011. Tell a friend.