Dealing with lost items: According to PCVS, it helps to set time limits on how long you’re willing to search for lost items. “I budget 15 minutes and then give up,” she says, “Whatever it is will turn up when I’m not looking for it.”
Stockpile cards for special occasions: Making a last-minute trip to the Hallmark store because you forgot to get your best friend a birthday card can be stressful. Creating a special card stash helped Jola bypass this frustrating situation. Gather a varied collection of birthday, holiday and get-well soon cards for future use. Money-saving hint: Buy holiday-themed cards in bulk when they go on sale after the celebration.
Call ahead: Does this situation sound familiar: you go to the store, mid-week, in search of the one essential item you left off your weekly grocery list—only to find the shelf empty? Calling ahead to make sure the store is stocked with your must-have item can save both time and angst.
Optimize online opportunities: Online shopping can save you loads of money and time. There are few things you can’t buy off the Internet. You can even order groceries online, and either schedule a time to pick them up, or have them delivered right to your door. If you must go to the store, write a list and organize it based on the physical layout of your destination (i.e. grocery store aisles, locations of different stores in the mall).