Thinking about the time of day you do things can help you save money too.
Here’s what we think you should think about.
101. Get up on time
Probably the most unpopular suggestion, but getting up on time can actually save you money.
Sounds a bit strange doesn’t it, but by getting up on time there will be time to have breakfast with the kids, make your lunch and a drink to take with you on your way to work.
You won’t need to rush out of the door and buy something on the way to work or school.
You could get even more organized by making the kid’s lunches and yours the night before and enjoy a few more minutes in bed in the morning.
102. Get up earlier
Getting up earlier will give you time to prepare yourself for the day ahead.
Maybe you’ll be able to:
- Organize your shopping list better
- Make sure that you have the right amount of cash with you
- Go to the gym
103. Go to bed earlier
This will not only mean you get more sleep, but also ensure that you don’t get sucked down the rabbit hole of online forums, ecommerce or auction sites!
Reading about something from your childhood, or learning g about something you simply must have, can be expensive!
Instead of dreaming about owning a classic car, booking a vacation, or where to get that amazing outfit, you can just be dreaming instead.
104. Go to bed later
Although sometimes going to bed later is a good idea.
Perhaps when the kids have gone to bed is the perfect time to do the necessary research for a major purchase like a new car or washing machine.
You can see whether a product or service you’re interested in is really what you want, and worth the cost.
Maybe you also won’t be distracted by the kids asking you to do other things with them, or trying to add things to your online cart.
Maybe you’ll talk it over, or read forums and watch reviews in peace and quiet to help you decide. This will mean that you won’t make a costly mistake.
105. Time of day
You might be able to save money by travelling earlier or later in the day on public transport.
Why would you pay extra to be somewhere before 9am, if you don’t need to?
Maybe getting the earlier train ensures you get a seat.
Perhaps going out earlier and ending your night sooner will mean that you can get a bus or train home instead of a cab.
Many restaurants and bars offer reductions for certain times of day. Maybe straight after work is expensive, but an hour later is much cheaper.
Maybe going out for a meal n a Monday instead of a Friday is cheaper too.
Remember that supermarkets often mark down fresh food in the evening too. You could save a lot of money by buying your fresh produce when it’s cheaper.
106. Quieter times of day
If you’re making a considered purchase, such as a new refrigerator or even just a pair of sneakers, you might want to take your time and choose a quiet time of day to check out different models in the stores.
Playing that guitar, looking at a car, or trying on clothes in the peace and quiet of a Monday lunchtime instead of a Saturday afternoon can mean that you don’t feel rushed too.
By taking your time, you are more likely to buy something you really want, or that best meets you needs.
107. Getting help and advice
Perhaps you do need help from the sales adviser, or want to try something for yourself.
It’s easier to find out the differences between hiking gear, golf clubs or bikes at lunchtime instead of at the weekend when everybody else is looking as well.
108. Better customer service
You might get more attention and help from a sales person without feeling under pressure when a store is quieter too.
Maybe you could have a test drive of that car, try that power tool, or see that TV in action for yourself, instead of having to rely on videos, magazine reviews or the manufacturer’s specifications.
109. Befriend the sales people
Perhaps you’re looking for a new car, the perfect honeymoon, or an item of jewellery or clothing. Why not try and make friends with the sales people at various stores when they are quiet?
Ask them if they could keep you informed of upcoming offers, or new products, which might mean that you save money in the long run.
You might also learn when the supermarket reduces the cost of items that are almost out of date, or when the big sale will be.
If the brand is launching a new product soon, will that mean the old stock will be cheaper? You’ll find out if you regularly visit the boutique.
110. Shopping with your children
Is going shopping with your children easier or harder than going by yourself?
If they’re tired, hungry and not interested, then they might be constantly demanding something, bickering or generally being hard work.
This can slow you down, and potentially mean you by thing you weren’t expecting to.
Perhaps you might be quicker and spend less if you go on your own during your lunch hour or the evening, rather than with them at the weekend.
Changing day or the time of day you do things can dramatically reduce the amount you spend.
What will you discover?
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