This is the first in a series of three posts that focus on practical preposition phrases.
Sell By – Check the labels of packaged foods carefully for a sell by or expiry date. Even though the product may be on sale or a great deal, you are wasting money buying it if you know you are not going to use all of it and end up throwing some of it away. This allows you to save your money or spend it on something that you can use with a longer sell by date.
Live By – Respect and recognize the rules, values and standards that you can live by and that work best for you in both your personal and professional lives. Refuse to compromise or surrender if it means breaking these rules, sacrificing your values or lowering your standards. If you value quality, quality will give you value and save you money.
Get By – Realize the power and prosperity of doing more with less. Work with what you have in abundance. Embrace a simpler lifestyle. Choose to live below or within your means. Stay out of stores for one week except to buy necessities. Give yourself a “24-hour cooling off period” before you purchase something so you can decide if it is a wise investment.
Pay By – Avoid paying bills late and incurring unnecessary interest or late payment charges. If you are experiencing a cash shortfall, a cash flow problem or a downturn in your business, notify the person or organization in advance of the bill due date to see if you can pay a portion of the bill now and pay the rest later and avoid any additional charges.
Leave By – Know when to stop trying to fix something that is clearly irreparable whether it’s a product or a business or personal relationship. If you are spending too much time or throwing too much money at a person or situation with no resolution then accept that you must stop, set an end or leave by date, get agreement, stick to the date and move on.