Maintain social contacts, yet save money: with priorities & own initiative


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Priorities like Eisenhower

I wanted to save money and still be socially active. It shouldn't degenerate into stress either, it was about free time and it should still be fun. Sounds like squaring the circle? But there was a good solution:

I just have it priorities and started with the costs: With flexible costs I considered which activities are important to me. For example, these are the ones that I particularly enjoy. And then I also analyzed which of my leisure activities are less important, for example because they are less fun.

Save like Eisenhower

The method comes from the time management and will Eisenhower Principle: (named after US General Dwight Eisenhower). Eisenhower originally divided his responsibilities as "important / not important" and "urgent / non-urgent". Otherwise, this simple technique helps to set priorities, especially in everyday working life.

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The Eisenhower principle can also be easily transferred to your free time to save money! It also helps you to set your priorities relatively quickly.

The Eisenhower window

If you plan your free time with others, such as with the family, everyone should play the following method for themselves and then they should discuss the result together. Maintain social contacts, yet save money: with priorities & self-initiative eisenhower windows

How to apply it:

  • Take a sheet and divide it into four boxes. Number them from right to left and in the upper row starting with A, B, C and D. In doing so, size the fields sufficiently large so that you can enter all your activities.
  • Now take a look at all the leisure activities that you have entered under "flexible costs" in your Excel spreadsheet. Transfer these costs to the fields in the Eisenhower schema.
  • The top two fields are for recreational activities that will give you a lot of fun (like eating with friends).
  • In Field A: Enter all fun activities that are at the same time inexpensive.
  • In Field B: Enter those fun-filled activities that cost a lot of money, such as a family visit to the theme park.
  • The lower two fields, however, take up those activities that are not very fun. Even though it may look amazing at first glance, you may spend your leisure time doing things that are not very pleasurable for habit or other reasons.
  • In Field C: Enter those activities that cost little, but also give you little pleasure - z. For example, if you are shopping while always looking for cheap bargains save money, but are completely stressed out.
  • Field D: Finally, it contains those activities with a low fun factor that are also expensive at the same time. Maybe you pay for the gym month after month but never go out?

How does the prioritization method of the Eisenhower window now work? Here is an overview:

Field A and B

  • At the activities in Field A: I do not need to change anything, because these activities do not cost much. What stands here can remain as it is. Maybe these activities can be extended even further?
  • Field B: on the other hand, there is a personal "problem area": ​​I like to do these leisure activities, but they also cost the most money. Here I have to find alternatives. For example, I could organize trips instead of going to the amusement park. Or visit the amusement park on my birthday - many amusement parks, some swimming pools and many other facilities grant birthday children discount or even free entry ...
  • An overview of such birthday discounts can be found online, eg on gebura.de

Field C and D

  • Activities in Field C: do not cost money, but time. Here I had to think about whether I really wanted to waste my time. However, this will have less effect on my purse.
  • And - you hardly believe it - in Field D: In fact, I've found activities that are expensive and I do not even enjoy them: it was the gym for me. Of course, sport is important. But originally I signed up because everyone else was going too. And then realized that I just do not enjoy it there and therefore I never go. Instead of putting the money in the gym, I started to organize my regular sports lessons myself and wanted jogging, walking, inline skating or cycling with like-minded people for mutual motivation.Speaking of which ... And also the Health Insurance: finances regular sports: For special prevention sports certain health insurance companies finance up to 90% of the course fee. Some health insurances also partially cover the costs for the gym. Also for the sports badge or membership in the club you can get something at some cash registers. Just ask - and possibly change the box office.

Implementing plans: It is not possible without initiative

If saving were so easy, I would probably have put my plan to be more economical with my money into practice much earlier and without planning. However, you probably know that too: there are almost always factors that prevent you from saving in any way. Maybe you are too annoyed to try something new. Or you do not feel like organizing. Or the friends and acquaintances do not move ...

I noticed that when I wanted to organize a regular running meeting. I found running partners through a Facebook group But sports partners can also be found through sports communities. And a notice in the supermarket or one Display: in the local newspaper also fulfill their purpose.

We had a regular appointment. And then three days before the "mailing" started: one could not, the other just a little later, "can anyone at all?", "We'll meet somewhere else", etc. I quickly realized: Because I had the idea, the organization also stuck to me. And if I had not e-mailed every week, it would soon have fallen asleep. But gradually it has become a dear habit.

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peer pressure

You have to peer pressure overcome: Many do not like to admit that they can not afford or want something. For example, when I came up with the idea of ​​organizing picnics in the summer because it was a little cheaper than a visit to the beer garden, I was looked at with irritation. I then changed the argument, selling the inexpensive leisure alternative instead as a new trend and particularly brilliant idea - and suddenly everyone was excited

In the leisure such management skills Instead of sitting in front of the TV, it pays off: it promotes creativity, decision-making, communication skills, sense of responsibility and self-confidence. And apart from the fact that these qualities are also an advantage in professional life, success usually arises after some obstinacy. So it is called patience.The "inner pig dog"


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  1. Daniel

    That one should already set priorities in his spare time ...

  2. Leonie

    Simply thank you for this great contribution with saving tips!

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