Get Organized Now!
Mid-Week Mini Edition
By Maria Gracia
June 21, 2017
How Much Does Your Family Spend Eating Out?
One of the ways to organize one's budget, is to determine where your
hard-earned money is being spent. One of the culprits emptying our wallets is
eating out. When I was a kid, we only went to restaurants on special
occasions...birthdays, communions, and such. These days, people/families are
often spending more eating out, than on their grocery bills.
According to King of Kash, 'Take for example a classic roasted chicken dinner
with vegetables. This entr‚e typically ranges around $13 in a restaurant. With
the tip for your server added in, the meal would cost somewhere around $16.
Cooking the same dish at home proves to be much cheaper:
Quarter of a chicken: $2.25
Ear of corn: $0.25
Cup of green beans: $0.81
When you total it all up, the same restaurant roasted chicken dish comes to
$5.41 when you cook it at home.'
That all being said, we work hard and it's important, if you like doing so and
can afford it, to enjoy a meal out now and then.
How much money, approximately, does your family spend eating out each month?
Here's how 500 GON readers responded in a recent poll we conducted:
11% Zero...we never eat out
4% More than $500
5% I don't want to know...we don't keep track!
If you're concerned about your budget, here are a few ideas for getting
organized and saving a few bucks when it comes to eating out:
a) Come up with an 'eating out budget.' One great way to stay within this
budget is to take out cash...let's say $200...and keep it in an 'eating out'
section or envelope in your wallet. When you eat out, use cash. If the cash is
gone before the month is up, no more eating out that month. If you have cash
left over at the end of the month, put it into savings!
b) It may be more the allure of eating out and the atmosphere of being
someplace nice surrounded by others, than the food itself. If this is the
case, eat at home, but go out now and then for a cup of coffee or a cold iced
tea in a nice cafe.
c) Consider that eating out often is not only a financial expense, but can
affect your health negatively as well...which can add to your financial
expenses later in doctor bills, medication, and health insurance. There is no
doubt that you have the ability to eat much healthier at home.
d) If you eat out every day on work days, brown bag your lunch instead,
and eat it in a nice setting, like a park. If you feel this is being
anti-social, make a plan to eat out with your co-workers just one day a week (like
Fridays) instead of all five.
e) Vacation means you have to eat out 3 meals each day for the duration,
right? Not necessarily. Even if you're staying in a hotel, keep in mind that
many offer microwaves and refrigerators...and most vacations aren't in remote
areas without grocery stores. Some hotels even have stoves and kitchen tools. I
know...part of the fun of going on vacation is eating out, but if you're on a
budget, you can certainly save a few bucks by visiting a grocery store and
purchasing oatmeal, raw veggies, fruit, salad items, nuts, and bottled water.
You'll then have these items for some breakfasts and lunches, and your eating
out expenses can then be used for dinner time.
In the end, even with your finances and eating out, it's organization to the
rescue once again. This is why I love the subject of being organized. It applies
to EVERY area of our lives!
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3 Tips to Generate Motivation for Getting Organized
I positively love your newsletters and minis...they're so uplifting and filled
with wonderful ideas I've put to use. My organizing challenges have always
stemmed from a lack of motivation. Your newsletter is a constant tap on my
shoulder, and gives me just the amount of spark I need to get going with my
TO DOs...AND my goals!
Here are my top 3 tips to generate motivation for getting organized:
1) Read Maria's newsletters and publications...every day. It's the knowledge
and repetition that keeps me on track.
2) Start...and complete...something as soon as you get up in the morning.
Whether it's making your bed, emptying out the dishwasher, doing a wash and
dry cycle of laundry, or brushing the dog, the act of having a TO DO checked
off first thing is so energizing.
3) Pick whatever TO DO you're going to do...the night before. Post that
intention on Facebook--or whatever social media channel you enjoy. (If you're
not on social media, tell a friend.) Doing so makes you accountable to someone
other than yourself. Like this morning I typed, 'I'm finally getting around to
taking my car to the car wash today' and I included a photo of my dirty car in
the post. Poor car...one of the kids in town actually finger-wrote WASH ME,
PLEASE on my windshield.
I got caught up with a few other things and almost didn't take the car to the
car wash again...I've procrastinated on this for weeks...but then I remembered
my post. I got in my car, brought it over to the car wash, got a DELUXE wash,
and immediately took a photo when it was done and sparkly clean. Then I posted a
'Happy car' post and photo on my Facebook feed. I felt great...and even got a
few 'looks great' replies from my friends, which added even more to my sense of
Amber H., Florida
In our free time, my husband and I love to sit on the beach, drink lemonade,
and read together.
Send in your ideas! We're, once again, accepting Reader Tips and Ask Maria
Questions for publication in this mini edition and our newsletter. Just reply
and share with us!
How to Organize a Super-Messy Craft Room
I want to organize my overloaded, super messy craft room. What do you suggest as
the first thing to do? Should I run out and buy containers? I work on a lot of
crafts...card making, sewing, scrapbooking, quilting, pottery, and stained
-- Ginger, Missouri
P.S. My very neat husband is about to order a dumpster and get rid of all my
belongings because he feels the room is an embarrassment. I am mad at him for
saying so, but I'm afraid it's true.
Response from Maria Gracia
Let's get you and your husband back to 'a match made in heaven.' Disorganization
in a home can definitely wreak havoc on a relationship.
Don't run out and buy containers just yet. A container should only be purchased
once you know 'what' you're going to put in it, if you actually need a
container for those items (sometimes you already have something in your home
you can use), AND that you're purchasing the right shape and size container
for your needs. The last thing you need to do is buy containers without a
specific purpose in mind, and now the containers become part of your clutter.
The very first thing you should begin doing is weeding out. Now, I'm a crafter
myself, so I know it's tough to get rid of things you MIGHT use someday. But
those intentions can end up in a lot of unnecessary clutter. Begin by doing your
best in weeding out at least 25% (or more if you can) of this room...give the
extras to a charitable organization, school, or senior center.
Second, begin sorting your crafts into Craft Categories: 1) Card Making and
Scrapbooking, 2) Sewing and Quilting, 3) Pottery, and 4) Stained Glass. Just
make 4 piles...use the corners of your room to separate everything.
Then, choosing one category at a time, like Card Making and Scrapbooking, begin
sub-categorizing those items. For instance, paper, punches, stamps, ink,
Do this for all four major categories.
Once you're done sorting, you can begin locating storage solutions for these
sub-categories, like a basket for your punches, a stamp/ink carousel, and so on.
If you don't already have proper 'containers,' this is the point that you'd go
out and purchase some.
Also important is to remember that your craft room didn't get messy in one day,
so don't expect it to get organized in one day. Do it a little bit at a time.
Just don't purchase anything else until the job is done AND when you purchase in
the future, don't purchase 'on a whim.' Buy with a very specific project in mind
that you're planning to work on immediately. This will help keep the overload of
craft materials and tools in check.
Finally, use your husband's 'neatness' to your benefit. See if you can get him
to assist you. When the job is all done, do something fun together to celebrate!
I'd love to see a photo of your organized craft room when you're done...and you
and your husband smiling!
We have gone through some difficult times like everyone else and perhaps our
working together and respecting each other's abilities, in addition to that
little thing called love, helped us survive.
I'd love to hear from you.
Comments, suggestions, or just to say
hello. Just REPLY to this email with a short note.
And remember...Being organized creates a happier,
healthier, more fulfilling life!
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