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

Organize - Simplify - Tips

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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!

Time is on my side… Time Saving Shopping Strategies & Gift Ideas

Time is money

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The Rolling Stones sing that Time is on My Side, but if you are like most of us, time is definitely NOT on your side.  With the holidays right around the corner, now is a great time to consider some time saving strategies that will help you not only save valuable time, but also save money!

My number one suggestion relating to this topic is to shop on-line.  If you have not already discovered the wonderful world of on-line shopping then now is the time!  With the whole world at your finger tips, you are able to find almost any product you may need, at any time, day or night.  While most of us are shopping for holiday gifts during this time of year, don’t neglect your household basics that can also be found on-line.  Purchasing certain types of products can not only save you money, but save you time as well.

Let’s look at water.  We are going to drink it and lots of it, because it is good for us.  Benefits include:

  • Increases energy and relieves fatigue
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Boosts immune system

 

Buying case after case of bottled water, week after week quickly adds up to a huge and expensive time waste.  The Water Project found that the average American spends roughly $100/yr on bottled water! Not to mention the environmental impact.  Did you know that it takes 1,000 years for a disposable water bottle to biodegrade? An alternative solution is to invest in sustainable water filtration, which can be easily handled on-line at FiltersFast.com.

There are multiple options available:

 

Imagine not having to haul around cases of water from your shopping cart, to your car, into the house then having to find some place to store it.  Any of the above mentioned solutions can save you the time and hassle and save you money over the duration.

After selecting the water filtration device that best suits your family, why not go ahead and replace your AC and furnace home air filters from the same site?  Not only will you find the size you need, but you can also order in bulk. And they best part is, you can even sign up for Auto Delivery!  No more having to remember when to replace your filters, FiltersFast.com will remind you and ship them right to your front door.  This is a time and money saving strategy at its best!

Remember during this busy time of year, shopping on-line can truly save you both time and money.  Don’t forget about your day to day items.  Find sites that offer great options, money saving items and take the worry out of remembering to replace products.