Efficiency in the New Year… Time & Money Saving Tips from a Busy Mom

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To cry or rejoice; I’m not sure, but regardless, the holidays are over.  The kids are back in school and I am back to work.  The hectic schedule that is life as a working mom resumes.  This year, one of my resolutions is to simplify… streamline, if you will.  I would like to be able to accomplish the same amount of tasks more effectively and more efficiently.

I’ll admit that I am somewhat on the right track being a “Type A” personality, as my husband likes to call it, though I prefer “organized.” For example:

  • I thoroughly enjoy making lists and checking things off. (Organized!)
  • I’ve begun carpooling to and from my son’s school. (Saves time AND gas!)
  • I plan out what I will be cooking AT LEAST two weeks (sometimes more) in advance. This way I don’t have to waste mental energy trying to decide what to make or waste time and gas making multiple trips to the grocery store. (Possibly a little over the top, but hey, it does save time!) 

 

Now that I’ve got that stuff mastered, I am going to try to implement new strategies into my plan.  For starters, I plan to do more on-line shopping. This is a proven time and money saver and you cannot beat the convenience factor, which let’s face it; convenience is a pretty big deal in our busy lives. Shopping on-line not only offers convenience, but it also offers you the opportunity to compare prices, shop from the widest variety and can offer great discounts not found in traditional stores… all with a few clicks on your keyboard!

autodeliveryOnce you find easy to use, reliable sites for your online shopping, the time and money saved will add up quickly. I happen to work for a company that is a great example of this: Filters Fast. As a busy mom, I know how it is easy to overlook certain household maintenance tasks such as replacing refrigerator and air filters.   Air filters, for example, need to be replaced every 3 months, refrigerator filters every 6 – 12 months.   At FiltersFast.com, you can sign up for Auto Delivery!  No more trying to remember when you need to replace the filters, what size you need etc.  Instead, you will receive a reminder email, details included, informing you that your order is on its way!  An additional advantage to using Auto Delivery is that you will automatically receive a 5% discount!

Did you know you can buy groceries online also? A lot of the larger grocery store chains now offer online shopping. How convenient is that?  There might be a small surcharge involved, but the time you save is invaluable.

Here are the general steps:

  1. Go to the site, pick out your groceries, and pay (via credit or debit card).
  2. The store pulls your chosen items and packages them for you.
  3. Select a time you wish to pick them up. The store will have them waiting curbside when you arrive.

There are many things we can do to simplify our busy lives with a little advance planning.  I plan to do more online shopping this year. Go ahead and knock some items off of your “To Do List” such as ordering your replacement air and water filters from FiltersFast.com. The convenience of Auto Delivery at Filters Fast cannot be beat. Let’s streamline, get organized, save money and most importantly, save time; our most precious commodity!

Please visit FiltersFast.com for more information on the super time saving Auto Delivery option!

Living Healthier In 2014! – Live a Healthier Lifestyle

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“I want to lose weight!” “I want to eat healthier!” “I want to become more fit!”

Do you know what all of these New Year’s Resolutions have in common? They all have one ultimate goal: to live a healthier lifestyle. After all, who doesn’t want to live a healthier life? We all hear about the benefits of living healthy and want to experience it. The truth is that many of us don’t always know exactly how to achieve the often vague goal of living healthier. Surely it’s not quite as simple as exercising a few days out of the week, right? Don’t get me wrong, exercising is extremely vital. However, if we (and I include myself in this) don’t make proper lifestyle choices outside of the gym, then all of our hard work may come to naught.  So how can we live healthier in 2014 (and beyond)?

1.) Set up an exercise routine that you can follow through on. For example, if you live a busy life then setting a goal to exercise every day out of the week may not be possible. However, you should try to set aside some time each week (such as 3 days out of the week for 30 minutes to an hour each). If you haven’t already, it is critical that you at least start a routine and stick with it. There will inevitably come times when you may not feel like doing anything. That’s a natural feeling to have, but at least do something physically active on each day.

fruit-healthier2.) Watch what you eat. It would be very discouraging to become dedicated to a workout schedule just to realize you’re not losing as much weight as you would hope. The culprit can often be found in not eating right. Foods that are high in calories, fat, etc., work against your efforts. Foods that won’t work against your efforts, such as fruits and vegetables, should be an integral part of your diet. Also try baking more often than frying, and go for low-fat alternatives. And finally, always remember that eating healthier begins with shopping healthier. Shopping for healthier alternatives may take some getting used to at first but sticking with it will pay off in the long-term.

water-lose-weight3.) Watch what you drink and breathe in. We often know to watch what we eat, but how often do we really think about watching what we drink too? What about watching what we breathe in? Not much. The scary truth is this: with the amount of contaminants often found in water today, and the rise in air pollution, what we drink and breathe can do just as much damage to our bodies as eating the wrong foods can. Fortunately, this scary truth also has a simple solution: filtration. Water filters (for your refrigerator, faucet, whole home, etc.) and regularly replacing you’re A/C filter will go a long way in protecting you from harmful contaminants. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to change your filters more often/regularly?

4.) Go green! We recently did a blog post on this very topic (check it out!). If you are anything like me, meaning that you are a novice at going green, then start off small. That can mean committing to recycling more regularly, or simply reducing waste in your home (I’m not just talking about trash, reducing water waste is important too!) Before you know it, you’ll be living green in no time.

In 2014, we can not only make ourselves healthier, but our planet can be healthier too. In what ways can you live a healthier lifestyle in 2014? We’d love to hear from you.

New Year’s Resolution: Give the Gift of Clean Water

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Out of the many New Year’s Resolutions you can set to accomplish in 2013, helping others can be a gratifying experience. The thought of knowing that you helped to fill a need in someone’s life can bring great joy. Right now, there is a growing need for one of the basic necessities of life: water. The W3 Project, a partnership between FiltersFast.com, Wine to Water and TrekDesk has teamed up to give clean water to those in need. By donating or sponsoring miles, you can give the gift of clean drinking water in 2013.

We are proud to announce that giving to The W3 Project is now easier than ever. You now have the opportunity to make a $1 donation when making an online purchase at FiltersFast.com. This additional option allows the opportunity to choose how you want to donate to this cause, whether it involves sponsoring or donating miles.

The mission of The W3 Project is to raise money for Wine to Water, a non-profit organization, that focuses on providing clean drinking water to those in need around the world. For more information on The W3 Project, its mission and ways you can help, visit FiltersFast.com/W3.

As one of your resolutions for 2013, consider helping others by donating and sponsoring miles to The W3 Project. Remember to donate $1 at checkout after your next online order at FiltersFast.com.

Find ways you can jump start your New Year’s Resolutions in 4 simple steps in the video below.