Everyone knows that being more organized can save time. But it can also save you a lot of money. How many times have you had to go out and buy something just because you couldn’t locate it in your house?
Some time ago we were having someone come over to house sit for a few weeks. I felt bad because we didn’t have a television in the house, so I set about hooking up an old DVD player to my computer monitor so they could at least watch some movies while we were gone.
The video worked fine, but I needed a connector to hook up the audio. I looked through a box of audio cables, but finally gave up and went to Radio Shack. 25 minutes and $7 later (which seems ridiculous for 6 inches of wire), I had the cable I needed.
I am sure I own the necessary cable, but after several moves in the past 12 months, I couldn’t locate it. After thinking about it, this isn’t uncommon and I’m probably at least a bit more organized than the average person. I imagine I’ve spent several thousand dollars and countless hours over the past 5 years buying duplicate items that I didn’t really need.
How much do you spend on things that you already have?