For quite awhile, there has been the well known phrase “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Although some might consider the saying trite, I actually think it makes a couple of important points well.
On one hand, it’s an encouragement to let go of past disappointments and begin every day fresh. At the same time, it strongly implies that there is no time like the present to take action. At a time when many are thinking about resolutions, I think this saying takes on a renewed relevance as well.
If you have been weighing out actions to take for the new year (and the rest of your life), here are a few Savvy ideas that might interest you:
Get out of debt — With 69 percent of households carrying debt, the chances are pretty high that you owe somebody something. Considering that savvy shopping can halve the $6000 that an average household spends on groceries annually, you could free up $3000 every year to pay down your obligations. In fact, with the median household debt at $3300, liberation is possible in a little over a year!
Save more money — Once you are in the black, there is even more in store. Anyone putting money aside doesn’t need to be told that interest rates are practically nonexistent. To help put your money to work, the savvy shopper covers possibilities to increase your earnings in risk free ways. In addition, since there are always new ways to get greater economy, this section will keep you posted on a wide variety of ways to enhance the good things you are already doing. In addition to shopping savings, this feature covers other topics like fuel costs, food waste, and utility bills.
Save time — Of course, the main objection I hear about saving money is that it is too much time and trouble. Without the shopping tools offered by the A-J, that might be true. However, with the best department and drugstore deals highlighted every Sunday and the strongest grocery deals summarized every Wednesday, finding the best offers is actually quick and easy. On top of this, coupon matchups are also featured to save you even more time and further enhance the savings. In addition to cutting the effort, Savvy Shopper articles cover additional ways get the most from your hours.
Quality of life — aven’t we all heard about lottery winners whose lives were ruined by their sudden windfall? While I wouldn’t turn down a winning ticket, it is still fair to say that money isn’t everything. In this regard, you will find stories about products and services that offer high levels of innovation and quality. In addition, you can also find out about activities and events that will enrich your life without breaking the bank.
Helping others — Although you might just think of savvy shopping as a way to help yourself, it can also be used to help others. From funding education with box tops to donating coupons to veterans, this feature shares information on programs that enable you to elevate a shopping trip into something greater.
Energy — During our last presidential election, there was a candidate who acquired a reputation for being “low energy.” That made me wonder a little about myself. After all, if a person conducting a 24/7 campaign can be characterized this way, what on earth does that make me? Definitely not presidential material! However, since only 45 men have ever gotten that far, I am probably not alone in my lethargy. If you can find yourself energy challenged, Savvy Shopper articles provide guidance on accessing your reserves to improve your well-being and results.
Motivation — While we have all been encouraged by the saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” all the broken resolutions are a sobering reminder of how challenging fortitude can be. To increase the odds of sustaining your good work, Savvy Shopper articles share tips on rituals and systems to help maintain your path and bypass the storms that can blow you off course.
Hopefully, you can use the Savvy Shopper this year to keep your resolutions and achieve your goals. Since there are always overlooked possibilities, we would love to hear your ideas for the new year. Visit (and “Like”) our Facebook site (Click https://www.facebook.com/LubbockSavvyShopper or log on to Facebook and enter “Lubbock Savvy Shopper” in the search tool) or write us at SavvyShopperLubbock@gmail.com and let us hear about it.
With more and better on the horizon, why miss out?
SEAN FIELDS is the A-J’s Savvy Shopper. Read his columns Sundays and Wednesdays. Email him at SavvyShopperLubbock@gmail.com, like his Facebook page at Facebook.com/LubbockSavvyShopper, or see previous columns and deals at lubbockonline.com/savvy-shopper.