Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Perfectly Practical #5 - Follow Instructions

I have a way of life that will guarantee that you save money without ever clipping a coupon or waiting for a bargain.

We have been exhorted to follow this practice since we were tiny yet many of us do not.

We bestow the virtues of this life choice to our children, yet we don't always practice what we preach.

It is a very simple concept:  follow instructions. 

If you have laundry detergent that you are "eyeballing" the amount you put into your washer, more than likely you are using more than recommended - which makes the detergent not go as far - which means you have to buy more sooner - and then the process starts again.

Also, if you are fixing yourself a bowl of cereal and "eyeball" that amount, you will probably find that you are pouring yourself 2 to 3 times more than recommended - which means 2 to 3 times more calories - which means 2 to 3 times longer in the gym.  ;)

And how many times have we ripped open a package from the mail, and immediately throw the packaging (including the packing slips) in the recycling?  Only, you realize the item isn't what you expected and want to send it back.  Oh no!  You were supposed to send it back with the original packaging and packing documents!  That mistake just cost you money or at the very least time explaining the situation to the company.

Bottom line, just follow the instructions...unless you are the blonde reading the shampoo bottle wash, rinse, repeat, wash, rinse, repeat, wash...you get the picture.

This is part of Works for Me.

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