Raise your hand if you like to save both time and money! I am going to guess that most everyone that reads these words is saying, “Me! Me!” Because the truth is, who in this world could not stand to have more time and more money to be able to bless your family and those around you?
As we all know, time stops for no one, and money doesn’t grow on trees. So how can we be proactive in our day-to-day lives to try and gain some traction in the areas of saving time and money? Here are 8 suggestions that I believe can be a good start for anyone who is trying to gain a little of both.
8 Ways to Save Time And Money
1. Get Serious And Start Planning
I know we hear it time and time again: Having a plan is crucial to your success. The truth is, if you don’t have a plan, you will never get anywhere. I am addicted to using my Erin Condren Life Planner to plan every aspect of my life. And my little planner helps me gain a lot of time and money by simply letting me organize my day-to-day life plan and goal setting in one place. I am able to set my daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals in my planner. I have my shopping lists, coupons, homeschool schedule, appointments, business cards, important contacts, business goals, dreams, and so much more in my planner. I love watching how having a plan I allows me to accomplish so much more in my life. I am telling you, my Erin Condren Life Planner is the BEST out there, and it is worth it’s weight in GOLD.
2. Use Apps For Saving on Groceries
I am amazed at how much time AND money I have saved by the simple use of apps. I mean seriously, FREE APPS = more time and money for me. It’s a no brainer. Some of my favorite apps will compare all the local store ads for you, give you the details on the secret sales, and even give you links to coupons to combine with the sales already going on! I mean, wow! Talk about saving time and money! Check out my favorite 5 apps that can save you a ton of time and money on your grocery budget.
3. Freezer Batch Cooking
This is a strategy that our family implemented years ago when we realized how much time was being eaten up with meal preparation. Of course it saves you money to cook fabulous meals at home, but it saves you time when you decide to batch cook and freeze the meals. You can see some of my husband’s and my favorite freezer meal and once a month cookbooks to help you get started on your journey to saving lots of money.
4. Buying From Bulk Food Stores
I know that a lot of families think they will not benefit from having memberships to club stores such as Costco or Sam’s Club. But I disagree. Why? Because of great resources like these:
When we are able to utilize club stores for things such as the meal plans above for the cost, it would be beneficial for a family of any size to consider buying at stores like these. Think of how much time and money you will save by doing so!
5. Get Paid Cash Back For Online Purchases
Seriously. This has been one of the biggest blessings to our family over the past several years: getting paid cash back for shopping online! The concept is quite simple: Sign up for one of the many sites who have partnered with retailers to earn cash back when you link through them before you shop. It is an easy thing to do and this year alone my family has earned nearly $3,000 from this tried and true method. We use this for purchases from everything from school supplies to clothing to furniture and everything in between. Click here to check out my favorite cash back site.
6. Use FREE Printable Grocery Coupons
This has been a huge time saver for our family. No more clipping endless coupons or guessing what you might use only to waste time clipping coupons that just sit in envelopes and expire! Instead, after you make your grocery shopping list, simply print off your free online coupons a day (or minutes) before you head out to the grocery store!
7. Amazon Prime & Amazon Mom
We use Amazon a variety of ways to save time and money. One way that we save a lot is by ordering some of our dry foods in bulk using Amazon’s Prime Pantry. The Amazon Prime Pantry is only available to Amazon Prime members. This feature allows you to get amazing deals on several food products and charges a very low shipping amount to deliver the food right to your door. For us, we use it to buy some of the gluten free pastas and other dry and canned food staples and save time and money by having it delivered right to our door. We have found that most of the prices on the items we buy are cheaper on Amazon than locally which makes it even better!
We also utilize Amazon Mom to save on a plethora of things for our household. We’ve used it for diapers and wipes as well as clothing and many other offerings Amazon has specifically for Amazon Mom members. These three programs have saved us countless hours of time and lots of money over the years!
8. Build a Savings Account
I know, I know. You don’t have extra money to do so. Believe me, I’ve been there. However, I know for a fact if you begin to utilize some or all of the tips above, you will start having extra money to save. In my article 5 Ways To Build Your Savings Account, I give some practical tips on how you can start saving money today. If you take these tips seriously and apply them, I know you will begin to see a change in your financial situation!
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