52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get Organized {Week 35}

7-Ways-Being-Organized-Will-Save-You-Money

It might sound ridiculously simple — and it is! But it’s true: being organized will save you money. In fact, it could save you at least a few hundred dollars (or more!) per year. Here are 7 ways being organized saves you money:

1. You can plan a weekly menu.

By planning a menu, you won’t be scrambling to figure out something for dinner at the last minute. This saves you time, sanity and countless unnecessary trips through the drive-thru lane.

2. You can buy gifts ahead of time.

When you find a great deal online or in-store, you’ll be able to take advantage of it for an upcoming birthday or holiday, instead of waiting until crunch time and having to buy something at full price. As an added benefit, you’ll likely be able to put more time and thought into a meaningful gift rather than just throwing something together at the last minute.

3. You’ll have the time to clip and organize coupons.

When you plan ahead, you’ll have time to print coupons for things you’re already planning to buy. Or even to match coupons to items that are already at rock-bottom prices at your local store.

4. You can buy in bulk.

If you’re organized, you’ll be able to take the time and effort to buy extras of items when they are free or at rock-bottom prices. You’ll also know what you have on hand already and how much you regularly use of items you buy.

5. You’ll avoid late fees.

When you have your life in order, you’re much more likely to pay bills on time, return books to the library before they are due. It’s amazing how much this can save in late fees and library fines!

6. You can find what you own.

Having a place for everything and keeping everything in their place saves you a lot of time looking for lost items, plus it prevents you from spending money to replace items you can’t find.

7. You’ll remember to call and ask for discounts.

When you’re organized, you’ll have time to call and try to re-negotiate fixed rate bills annually. Things like internet and phone packages are often negotiable — and we’ve saved hundreds of dollars over the years by calling once a year to ask if they have a better rate they can give us.

How does (or would) being organized save you money?

photo credit

Share This:

Other posts in the 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year series

  1. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Bake Your Own Bread (Week #1)
  2. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Make Your Own Coffee at Home (Week #2)
  3. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Cable Package {Week 3}
  4. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Order Prescription Glasses Online {Week 4}
  5. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners {Week 5}
  6. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Mixes {Week 6}
  7. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become a One-Car Family {Week 7}
  8. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Surround Yourself With Frugal Friends {Week 8}
  9. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Eliminate Disposable Products {Week 9}
  10. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Cut Your Own Hair {Week 10}
  11. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Use Cloth Diapers {Week 11}
  12. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become Best Friends With Your Freezer {Week 12}
  13. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Rent Movies for FREE {Week 13}
  14. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Ask for a Discount {Week 14}
  15. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cancel Your Gym Membership {Week 15}
  16. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Yard Sales {Week 16}
  17. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Grow Some Of Your Food {Week 17}
  18. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cut Back on the Soda Pop Habit {Week 18}
  19. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Buy in Bulk {Week 19}
  20. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Price-Match at Walmart {Week 20}
  21. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Landline {Week 21}
  22. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Refinance Your Mortgage {Week 22}
  23. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Follow a Local Deal Blogger {Week 23}
  24. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Coupon Database {Week 24}
  25. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Plan a Weekly Menu {Week 25}
  26. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Strategically Use Daily Deal Sites {Week 26}
  27. 52 Different Ways to Save At Least $100 Per Year: Shop at Aldi {Week 27}
  28. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Books {Week 28)
  29. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Clothing {Week 29}
  30. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop With Cash {Week 30}
  31. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat Less Meat {Week 31}
  32. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Is this really a good deal? {Week 32}
  33. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: 3 Ways to Save on Online Orders {Week 33}
  34. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Turn Your Clutter Into Cash {Week 34}
  35. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get Organized {Week 35}
  36. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Have an All-Cash Christmas {Week 36}
  37. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Sign Up for Swagbucks {Week 37}
  38. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Cut Your Fuel Costs {Week 38}
  39. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Frequent the Library {Week 39}
  40. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Simplify Birthday Parties {Week 40}
  41. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Brown Bag It {Week 41}
  42. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Snacks {Week 42}
  43. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Programmable Thermostat {Week 43}
  44. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Limit Eating Out {Week 44}
  45. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get a Bang for Your Buck on Travel Expenses {Week 45}
  46. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Don't Pay For Pre-Made Baby Food {Week 46}
  47. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat More Beans {Week 47}
  48. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Homemade Cards {Week 48}
  49. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop At More Than One Store {Week 49}
  50. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat From the Pantry {Week 50}
  51. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Stay Home More {Week 51}
  52. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Develop Contentment {Week 52}

Subscribe for free email updates from Money Saving Mom® and get my Guide to Freezer Cooking for free!

Read Newer Post
«
Read Older Post
»

Comments

  1. Sheila says

    I think of all the ideas you have posted in this series, this one would have or does have the biggest impact on your finances.

  2. Patty says

    So very, Very, VERY true!!

    6. You can find what you own.
    Having a place for everything and keeping everything in their place saves you a lot of time looking for lost items, plus it prevents you from spending money to replace items you can’t find.

  3. says

    Dang, I love that closet space! By staying organized you also know what you can keep and what you can sell. I recently was gifted with a lot of very nice clothes. I kept what I could wear, shared with my mom, mom in law and co-worker, and will sell the rest!

  4. AmazonsRock says

    It’s easier to identify what isn’t being used when everything is organized. Unused items in good shape can be sold. That “found” money can go towards an extra payment on a bill, the vacation fund, education savings, emergency savings, etc.

    When everything is in its place, it’s easier to recognize items that need to be returned to lenders. Instead of purchasing a replacement item, it can go back to the original owner.

    When everything is organized, it’s easier to try something new or enhance existing hobbies or skills. In addition to enjoyment, pride in accomplishing/learning something, or checking off a bucket list item, learning something new or adding to a skill set can create opportunities to earn income.

  5. Sharon says

    I think the first word in #1 should be “by” instead of be. Not trying to be critical. Typos seem to jump off the page at me and you told me once that you like to know if there is a misspelling or typo. Love your tips.

  6. WilliamB says

    #6 FTW. I don’t know if you read The Frugal Girl, so you may not know that recently she called #5 “Paying the Stupid Tax.”

    But also: By being able to find the things I have, I can have fewer things. By having fewer things, I have the funds to buy higher quality things. By buying higher quality things, I buy things that last longer. By buying things that last longer, I get a better deal and spend less in the long run. But first I have to have the funds to buy the higher quality things.

  7. says

    I think just keeping the frig organized (using up those leftovers rather than pitching them) would save $100 in a years time. I’m working hard on that one point right now.

  8. missy says

    I totally agree with this! Since we’ve started making a menu, we’ve saved so much on the groceries…I even made myself a super cute dry erase menu so I didn’t have to waste paper! Also, some companies, like Direct t.v., you can save money by having your bill taken out of your checking account (automatic debit) We currently get $15 off a month for doing this! We also have a checking account that earns interest…you have to use your debit card a few times a month and have atleast one automatic withdrawel, it’s not much, but it’s something!!

  9. says

    I just wrote about this the other day too, reflecting on my own organization! I struggle with my paper organization but I am slowly getting better. I recently missed early registration for my oldest son to play basketball (which would have saved me $10…sigh).

    I get stuck paying the “stupid tax” too! LOL :) Doing better though since I found out my library offers email reminders!!

  10. Jen says

    I have been so convicted of this truth lately! I have bought things ahead of time for holidays and then not remember what I purchased or been unable to find where I’ve hidden it. I purchased an auto saver card for oil changes and lost it. Organization not only saves money, but emotional energy as well as there can be a lot of time spent looking for things and then being so discouraged at not being able to find them, but it sure encourages me to keep moving forward in taking the time to put things away rather than counting on my memory :)

  11. Luba says

    What a great post, Crystal. I was not born organized but am learning from your blog and from others. Yes, being organized definitely saves money, whether it’s organizing the pantry or the coupons. God bless you!