This week’s post is by Christine Luken.
Busy, busy, busy! I have SO much going lately, it seems like I’ve been buzzing along at a hundred miles an hour. I would venture to say that many of you are in the same boat, with a hectic schedule and a long To-Do list. I recently finished an excellent book on Audible by Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom) called, “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life.” Let me tell you, it could not have come at a better time for me!
I’m working very hard to grow my financial coaching business, so I have been networking like a crazy woman! I’ve joined a weekly networking group (BNI) and still have another five months of my Referral Institute class left to go. And somewhere in between all of this networking and relationship building, I actually have to accomplish some work. Not to mention taking care of housework, grocery shopping, and errands.
As a result, I’ve really slacked off on my couponing and keeping up with my binder. Several weeks’ worth of coupons would stack up on the kitchen table before I’d finally get around to clipping and filing them in my binder. One thing that Crystal talks about in her book is deciding what’s really important in your life right now, and focus on those things. This means that you may need to stop doing certain things or cut back on other activities to make that happen. At this moment, it is vitally important for me to capitalize on the momentum I’ve generated for my business. I know that in the long run, these activities are going to bring me thousands of dollars. Something’s got to give! So, I’ve decided to scale back on my paper coupons for now.
What do I mean by that? It means that I’ve temporarily retired my coupon binder and traded it in for a small accordion coupon file, which is the size of a large wallet. (Look how much smaller it is!!)
Before I go to grocery store, I go online, load up my shopper card with electronic coupons, and search for printable coupons for the items on my list. Then I pull out the coupons from my file that I KNOW I am going to use and clip it to my list. I bring the accordion file with me as well.
The first time I did this, it felt really weird not having the coupon binder with me! I felt strangely naked – and light! – not having the bulky binder slung over my shoulder walking into the store. But, I must say, that the system is working well and I don’t feel so stressed out over neglecting my coupon binder maintenance. I’m only clipping coupons I know that I will use, so I’m spending less time with the scissors.
Am I leaving some dollars on the table by not cutting every single coupon that I might possibly use and religiously scouring the sale ads? Probably. But I think having a saner schedule is worth it to me. So, I hope that you understand and don’t demand that I turn in my Coupon Queen crown! ;) Of course, I don’t think that I will ever slack on my Meal Planning activities because they save me so much time and stress.
On that note, here’s my Meal Plan for this busy upcoming week!
Monday ~ Strangely enough, this will be my only weekday that I have extra time to make a more involved meal. We’re having rosemary lemon roasted Cornish hens with wild rice and asparagus.
Tuesday ~ Turkey slices and gravy with Bob Evan’s mashed potatoes and green beans.
Wednesday ~ Easy Cheesy Casserole with spinach salads.
Thursday ~ FFY – Fend for Yourself! I have a financial coaching appointment in the evening.
Friday ~ Turkey Polish sausage and pierogies fried in a little butter with onions and broccoli.
Saturday ~ Firecracker Casserole
Sunday ~ Trying something new! Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Chicken, which sounds really, really good!