We're huge fans of ubiquitous capture—recording everything that comes to mind when it comes to mind—as a method of getting organised and keeping things from slipping through the cracks. Turns out it's also great for saving money.
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At The Simple Dollar finance blog, a reader wrote to ask how having a pocket notebook at all times might save them money. The answer includes an ambitious list of ways, including using your notebook to record prices for future comparison—is the sale in front of you really a sale or just money off an inflated price? Along with comparison shopping and making a simple price book, one of the often overlooked uses for ubiquitous capture—but one I use all the time—is using your notebook to capture gift ideas.
Record great gift ideas. When I'm interacting with a friend or a family member, they'll often drop a hint of some kind indicating a Christmas or birthday gift they'd like to receive. If I note that idea immediately, I can often give myself plenty of time to bargain-hunt for that specific item, enabling me to get that person a gift they'd really like for the lowest possible price for me.
A perfect example of this in action: I was having dinner with a friend some months ago. When the wine was decanted, the particular funnel that the sommelier used caught my friend's eye—it was quite an interesting one. When we were leaving the restaurant I quickly scribbled a few notes about the style of the funnel. A little Google-fu later and I found that it wasn't a particularly pricey item, but it would be much appreciated by my friend and show that I notice things that matter to him.
Check out the full article at The Simple Dollar for more ways you can save using your capture tool of choice, and if you've got a great example of how ubiquitous capture has saved you money we want to hear about it in the comments.
14 Ways a Notebook in Your Pocket Can Save You Money [The Simple Dollar]