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Disorganization can lead to crisis purchasing and unnecessary spending. How much money are you wasting by not having an organization system in place in your car?  

Linda Hecht estimates that she has wasted the cost of almost a tank full of gas on crisis purchasing. “One week without my organizer, I found that I spent an extra $35.36 on crisis purchases. Money spent unnecessarily,” Hecht explains.

Spending five or more hours per day in her car, her car has become her mobile portable office. Hecht created the Hecht of an Organizer┬« for use in her vehicle in 2004.  The Hecht of an Organizer┬« is the winner of a 2008 Los Angeles Organizing Award “The Green Award for Most Eco-friendly Organizing Product.”

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By selecting this reusable material and combining it with the specially designed slip-covers, the Hecht of an Organizer® has outstanding features of: durability, flexibility, eco-friendly, and low-cost savings. What's more, the company offers free box replacements for an extra added value.

Cardboard corrugated boxes are strong, durable, and made from a natural renewable resource—having a way to convert and re-use these boxes is an eco-friendly and low-cost organizing solution.  

 “Having a car organizer reduces duplicate purchases. With receipts in the car, you can return purchases. With stamps in your car organizer, you don’t have to buy extra stamps when you go to the post office. Keeping coupons in the car, you can save money with discounts on products.

“By applying the three tips of organizing and using a versatile and flexible organizer, you can create an organization system that works specifically for you and your lifestyle,” she explains.

Three organizing tips:

Group like items together

Give items a home

Make the items you use most often easy and accessible

In addition, she suggests ten ways to save money through keeping an organizer filled with files and supplies in your car.

1)       Emergency kit including disposable camera, gloves and first aid kit. In case of an accident, you can provide on scene photos as proof for claims.

2)      Spare keys. Lost keys can cost money and time. Why spend money for a locksmith.  AAA provides an extra plastic key for members.

3)      Consolidate shopping trips.  

4)      Keep a contact list with you (perhaps the list of numbers on your cell phone) in your organizer which reduces fees for calling information, 411 calls. You can call 1-800-goog-411 to retrieve phone numbers, but this can take time if you want to call a few people and not everyone is listed. Have a phone card, batteries and an extra charger in case of loss of power to electronic gadgets.

5)      Reduce and/or eliminate crisis purchases by keeping items in your organizer.

6)      Keep receipts so you can return purchased items and for tax purposes.

7)      Families who share cars can prevent extra trips retrieving articles left in their spouse’s car.

8)      Turn wasted time into productive time.  Keep letterhead, postcards, notebooks, and stamps in the car so you can catch up on reading, letter writing, and writing thank you notes while waiting to pick up kids from practice or classes or waiting for the vet.  

9)      Have coupons on hand for the car wash, bottled water, and restaurants

10)   Keep spare change just in case.

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