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Stop The Insanity!

Are you an addict of shopaholic excitement even when it comes to your office supplies? Shop smart and curb those cravings with some common sense.

This story appears in the March 2000 issue of

Some products will help you get and stay organized while others can have the opposite effect. Here are seven ways to help you decide what you need:

  • Always use a list when you go to the store. A list reminds you of what you need and keeps you from buying what you don't.
  • Don't buy too little. To reduce the amount of time you spend shopping, buy enough office supplies to last at least two months. When you first start working at home, you won't know exactly how much to buy, but after a while, you'll develop a pattern and you'll know how long supplies will last.

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