When I first started Family Friendly Frugality, I knew I wanted to approach frugal living from a very relaxed and welcoming mindset. I wanted to create a blog about frugal living that didn’t leave people feeling overwhelmed or less than when they walked away.
The main complaint I hear about saving money nowadays is that it is too darn overwhelming to know where to begin. If you have $20,000 in credit card debt, is clipping a few coupons realistically going to make much of an impact to your bottom line? If you are drowning in student loans and house payments, is living within your means even possible?
The answer to all of the above is yes. While the small things you do might not add up to financial freedom, they do make a big difference. Some of them will chip away at your debt or create more wiggle room in a tight budget. Some of them will simply give you more confidence and a self esteem boost, proving to yourself that you can save money!
So I am starting a Make a Change Monday series where I will simply give you one task to work on for the week. You might already be doing it…so you get to skip that week! If not though, try it out and see if it makes a difference! I’ll keep them small manageable changes that don’t require a lot of effort or learning the drugstore game .
This week’s Make A Change Task:
Here’s the thing, I am not a neat and organized person. However, I know for a fact that when I am more organized, I definitely save more money. The other day I opened my pantry to find spaghetti noodles and when I couldn’t find any, I decided I’d just run to the store. Sounds like a simple fix right?
The problem is, I know for a fact that with strategic shopping, I can get spaghetti noodles for either super cheap or even free! Why should I pay full price?
I knew that there were spaghetti noodles in there, I mean at least I was pretty sure! I had stocked up the last time I found a great price. However, I couldn’t tell you how many were still left and it just seemed easier to spend a bit of money to avoid hunting through the gross mess that had accumulated in my pantry.
Luckily, I immediately recognized the situation and instead of running out and buying more spaghetti noodles I started pulling everything out to reorganize and take inventory.
Not only did we have a bag of spaghetti noodles…we had FOUR. We also had way more spaghetti sauce then I typically keep on hand. Why? Because I wasn’t keeping things organized and I wasn’t aware of my inventory at home.
You know how much I’m going to spend on groceries this week? Around $20. All because I organized my pantry and realized that we have plenty of food and all I really need to buy are fresh veggies, fruits and milk!
A cheap box of spaghetti might not sound like a big deal, but those little bits add up. This also holds true for other household items! Don’t go buy new just because you can’t find old. Instead make the commitment this week to organize something in your life. Maybe it’s your pantry. Maybe it’s your garage. Just get something in order and feel the relief of knowing what you have on hand!
Be sure to check out the previous Make A Change Monday Tasks.
What helps you stay organized? Do you find you save money when you are more organized?
Katie R. says
I definitely need to get my pantry organized. Luckily, I dug in the back to find what I needed for supper tonight…..
Mine was disgusting. I don’t show the bottom two shelves because they were that bad, LOL. It’s much better now and I know what is in there!
Just thought I would let you know that I listed you as a favorite coupon/money saving blog on a new website I write weekly for. http://parentpalace.com/Community/Frugalistas/Coupon-Blogs.html
Kristina! You are so super sweet! I so appreciate it. Thank you!
I stumbled across your blog and I wanted you to know I think it’s fantastic! I am going to start doing the spring cleaning list and your Make A Change Monday!
Thank you Jenette! Have fun with it! It’s been a really easy way to get everything nice and squeaky clean for springtime!
I have been in the process of reorganizing my pantry and garage shelves. I bought some new shelves for the garage and some plastic tubs for storage. It’s still a work in progress, but I can’t believe what a difference it makes. Planning my meals is a much simpler task because I know what I have and where it is. Planning my shopping trips is easier because I know whether or not I need an item, and how many I need. I love your site. It is helpful and informative!
Norma, the garage…can you come over to my house next? Our garage is out of control. It’s our next stop in organizing the house though! Congrats to you for getting everything organized! I’m so glad you enjoy my site. Thank you so much for commenting!
Thank you for hosting a blog directory on your awesome site, I’m happy to follow your blog. I linked up twice by mistake, please delete my blog hop spot on monday.
This has been very helpful and gets me inspired to do something about my cabinets instead of buying more and also shoving the items back in them after they roll/fall out when I open the doors.