Use Predictability To Your Advantage: Planning Ahead Saves Money

One of the biggest things you can do to save money is simply to plan ahead. I’m not talking about planning far ahead like planning for retirement or for starting a family, although those are good plans to make. I’m talking about planning hours, days or, at most, a few months ahead. There’s nothing wrong with being spontaneous and doing some things on the spur of the moment, but when it comes to saving money planning ahead is your friend.

How many times have you thought to yourself, “I knew this birthday was coming up and I could have saved money if I’d just thought about it.” Or, “I know I should have packed snacks for this trip to the mall, but I f


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3 Responses to Use Predictability To Your Advantage: Planning Ahead Saves Money

  1. Kate says:

    This is so true and reminds me a bit of some tips I saw by the authors of The Power of Small on GenX Finance a while back. I never thought about it this way, but when I plan ahead for the short term, I really do save money. Case in point, taking my own snacks to the movies. I know it’s against the rules, but it saves like $10 at least!

  2. Gail says:

    My library keeps a list of best selling authors that have books coming out over the next 3 months. I check it when I’m at the library and put a request in for any book that I want to read. When it is my turn for the book they call me and I have 5 days to pick it up and I usually can combine that with a trip.

    I like to go to yard sales when I am able, but I generally only buy what is on my ‘list’. I’m always on the look out for men’s XL Xtall flannel shirts for my hubby. I used to look for TL T-shirts but hit a jackpot of those last year and know I won’t have to buy him anymore for 4-5 years. It is those flannel shirts that are the hardest. We got one once almost like new but the buttons had been sewn on wrong, I sewed them in where they belonged and with that little effort a 50 cent shirt became just as good as buying a $25 one. He will always be wearing these shirts so I keep looking for them. It pays to keep your eyes open way ahead of time.

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