Hello SOTGC community,
As professionals, I think most of us are conscious of reducing stress, saving money, and maximizing our time, so I decided to write a three-part blog post on how I have minimized hassle and maximized my time and money.
Last month’s blog talked about some time-saving tips. This month’s blog addresses some simple ways to minimize hassle and inconvenience.
- Car Maintenance. I don’t know about you, but taking the car in for maintenance is one of my least favorite errands. Being without a car for a day is definitely an inconvenience, but the alternative of calling a company like Enterprise and scheduling a rental car is pretty inconvenient too! First, you must check your car in to the dealership, then wait for the rental car shuttle, then check in at the rental car counter, and, by the time you actually leave the rental car lot, several hours have passed! Lines, waiting, wasted time, and lots of hassle! I now do one of two things – I either take my car to a dealership that can guarantee me a loaner car for the day, or I arrange to work from home. It surprised me just how much work I can get done when I don’t have the ability to attend meetings!
- Have an extra ten minutes before your next doctor’s appointment, coffee date, or business meeting? Fill up your car with gas – even if your tank isn’t completely empty. Since there is usually a gas station on almost every corner, this allows you to make good use of your time and saves you from having to make a special trip to the gas station later.
- Need to go to a big box store like Costco, Walmart, or Target but hate the crowds? Go on Saturday night. It is usually much less crowded, which allows you to avoid fighting for parking and long lines at the check out.
- Prescriptions. For a while I felt like the pharmacy was calling me every other day to say a prescription was ready for someone in my family. I strategically synced my family’s automatic refills so that now I’m just making ONE trip to the pharmacy a month.
- Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). I can hear you cringe as you read the words .… Even with an appointment, a trip to the DMV can pretty much be summed up in one word – HASSLE! Our local AAA office offers us almost all of the services that we would typically need to go to the DMV for. Let’s just say it’s well worth the annual AAA fee!
- Love to shop but hate to fight crowds and parking at the mall? Go to the mall on a rainy day, and you’ll have the stores to yourself. Or, if you have the time to wait for the item to be shipped, there is always the online route.