As promised yesterday, I plan to address the points from the link I posted one by one.
The first point is:
1. Frugal people plan ahead. Planning ahead may not, at first, seem like it has anything to do with money, but it really does. Frugal people plan ahead in many ways. They do things like plan out their meals for the week to save money at the grocery store, or more long term planning like knowing that they’ll need a new roof on the house in several years, and to begin saving for this expense now.
Frugal people live by the mantra that failure to plan is planning to fail. They’ve learned that taking steps now for anticipated future events helps make those future events easier to deal with. And typically those plans make it both easier in both time spent, and in money saved.
Question to ask yourself: What can I do today to make tomorrow and the future easier to deal with?
If you really want use this strategy to its fullest potential don’t just make those plans in your mind. Write them down!
I regard planning as one of my strengths and there is no doubt in my mind that it saves money. It also saves time and my sanity which are equally important to me.
I plan our meals, plan to combine errands in a single trip, plan what I will wear to work, plan what to pack for a holiday, plan future projects at home – there is no end to what we plan.
An example of long-term planning was when we began looking for our current home. This was over 10 years ago and I was still in my forties but one of the things that we considered was that it would have to have at least one point of ground-level access or be able to be relatively easily adapted to meet this requirement. Although we have numerous stairs to reach the verandah we know that this can be altered if required – we have a plan.
We are also changing and adapting our large garden to reduce the level of maintenance which will be required as we age. Putting in the effort now will reap rewards in years to come.
As a result of ensuring that we have sufficient rainwater storage as well as the installation of solar panels means that we are pretty well self-sufficient for water and electricity which minimises the ongoing costs of running our home.
As GMan regularly quotes from Baldrick in Blackadder, “I have a cunning plan”. The difference between Baldrick’s plans and ours is that ours are realistic and generally achievable. Even if things do not go quite according to plan you have a framework with which to start again.