Guest post from Rachel of The Purposeful Wife
As busy moms and homemakers, we are always looking for ways to stretch a dollar… right? Here’s a new idea that dawned on me the other day: procrastination can be costly.
Looking to save? Stop procrastinating!
It started with a deal I found on MoneySavingMom.com.
100 free prints on Snapfish, with shipping as the only cost. There was an entire month to use the code so I put it on my To Do list. And it sat there for the whole month.
But do you think I actually followed through? No — and I missed out on a fantastic money-saving opportunity.
This carries over to the kitchen, too.
I really meant to turn those overripe bananas into bread or muffins that would last us several breakfasts, but I put it off too long and they ripened beyond redemption.
A friend gave me a large container of homemade applesauce, too much for us to eat at once. My intentions were great.
One day I was going to make applesauce pancakes and muffins for the freezer. When that day finally came I opened the container only to find mold growing on top.
Maybe I didn’t have time for extra baking, but even freezing the applesauce in smaller containers would’ve been better than throwing it away. And that would have only taken a few minutes.
Think about your car.
When the check-engine light went on, did you take it straight to the shop, or did you keep driving and end up causing more damage and a higher bill?
Or what about the time you put off balancing your checkbook and ended up incurring a steep overdraft fee? The possibilities are endless, but the bottom line is the same: Procrastination can be an expensive bad habit.
In the book of Proverbs it says: “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” Slackness, specifically procrastination in our case, causes rich resources to be wasted. But the hand of the diligent doesn’t miss out on these vital things — she keeps working away, and “makes rich” as a result.
What costly items on your To Do list are you putting off? Do them now, and save yourself money and regret! It pays to act fast.
Rachel and her husband Niall live with their sweet baby girl in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She blogs about home, walking with the Lord, and life as a micro-preemie mom at The Purposeful Wife.