We are still not sure when the Covid-19 measures will be completely lifted. Staying at home during these times has been difficult for everyone, but to me at some point, it became a time for realization to re-learn and re-arrange. I took the chance to make out of my place a happy home and save more money at the same time.
After the first week with myself at home, I started to notice that there was a shelf in my dinner area that was messy for a long time. I overlooked it while being too busy with my old activities. Always in a rush, so no time to care, I guess. That corner in my place was bothering me unconsciously for a while and honestly it took literally 10 minutes for me to put it in order as soon as I felt like not having much to do. This pushed me to do my dishes counter, rearrange the furniture in my living room and so I went with different areas of the house as the weeks have gone by. I bet we all had a little of that.
I also noticed there were things that I would not be concerned about much and now I question myself the impact of my neglecting behaviors. And I do not mean just little things like my chips craving expenses impacting my tummy and how quickly I lost the weight for not getting them as often anymore. I mean several details in my home that seriously stroked my house-hold finance silently in the long run like the light bulbs I needed to replace to reduce my power consumption and reduce my bill, or the dripping tab in the spare bathroom that I confess I did note but never took actions on. These little details that could have changed the results in my bills and basically stop wasting my money.
As a tech nerd, I know how many things I can get done from the comfort of my desk in my home office or by simply using my mobile phone. I shipped the light bulb replacements and the water tab from the nearest Home Depot. Ordering online is one of the greatest things we have invented to solve our everyday struggles, like ordering food when we are too busy to cook.
The same way, I have been testing our companies’ utility tracker with my team to monitor the reduction in my bills after these light bulbs and water tab replacement in the last two months. Of this I am proud of as I can tell first-hand the benefits of being behind my budget and being able to control it myself without having much knowledge on financial planning. We tend to work and pay, eat and pay, put gas in the car and pay, right? And it goes on like this in our old non-COVID routines. And we do this without being really careful and minding many details of our own spendings on a daily basis.
I am glad I realized about how many pending things were matters of taking a second and just exploring a way to get it done. Since you are still at home, how about taking a little time to learn how to fix and plan all we take for granted and manage them in a simpler and better way. DIY smartly.