Quick “Cheats” that Can Buy You Time

Many of us might as well add “magician” to the list used to describe ourselves because many of us likely already squeeze 30 hours’ worth of work in to each 24 hour day. Fortunately, though, there’s much out there to help aid and abet us in our efforts to succeed. Get ready, get set and go ahead and cheat where and whenever you can because after all, time really can be money.

Sometimes convenience pays for itself. Time is money and yours is likely already spread woefully thin, so know when to fork out a bit of cash for built-in timesavers. Invest in after-shower spray products to save yourself the time and hassle of having to deep scrub downs on the tub and shower stall. Purchase pre-washed and already prepped produce such as bagged salads, sliced apples and fresh veggies. When purchased on sale, with coupons or at a membership warehouse, the added costs of such conveniences are negligible.

Whip out the foil to skip the clean-up. Buy yourself a bit of free time by making clean up a breeze by lining casserole dishes, baking sheets and even the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil.

Always, always, always opt for multi-tasking products. You’re a master at multi-tasking, and so should everything you buy. By opting for such products, you’ll increase your own efficiency. Using only one product that cleans a variety of surfaces means you’ll waste less time switching to different products. Using a detergent that’s specifically made to seek out and rid your laundry of stains means you don’t have to. Skincare and hair products that cleanse, condition and prep all in one step save you significant time as well.

Air freshener

Fake a clean house with automatic air fresheners. A few strategically placed air fresheners can help give the illusion of a freshly cleaned house even the reality couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Prioritize the pile before it becomes a mountainous mess. Whether it’s a pile of bills or a ton of to-do lists, sometimes or rather many times a pile of paper work is inevitable. Save your sanity and time by quickly scanning and organizing the stack according to priority or deadline, placing the most pressing items on top and the least on bottom. After all, if it can wait, it can wait under the pressure of everything else that can’t.

Go ahead, let your kid(s) do it! Think you’re being lazy when you delegate tasks to your kids? Think again! Many hands make light work and capable, independent children. Once again, way to go, Mom!

Sign up for automatic bill pay. Most banks and credit unions now offer free automatic bill pay services to their customers. You’ll not only enjoy the benefits of not having to worry about another late or missed payment again, but you’ll reap the savings of postage and potential late fees, too. Your credit score will effortlessly climb as payments are consistently and automatically made on time, and you can free your mind of one more worry and your time of one less thing to do.

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This post was written by Shannon M. Medisky. Shannon is an educator turned parent turned writer and focuses on sharing new and innovative ways to not just survive, but thrive on empty. Visit ThrivingOnEmpty.com to learn more. Her newest book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stretching Your Dollar is available in bookstores now.

4 Responses to “Quick “Cheats” that Can Buy You Time”

  1. Alexander |  Feb 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks so much for the post.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  2. Cindy |  Feb 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    No, double-check about lining the oven with aluminum foil. This is dangerous with some stoves.

  3. Nita |  Feb 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Please, do NOT line the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil. The foil will block heat and most manufacturers advise against using foil for that reason.

    For a juicy fruit pie just place a cookie sheet under the pie pan to catch drips.

    For casseroles use a baking dish that is big enough for all the ingredients so nothing spills over the dish. Or use two baking dishes and avoid any mess.

  4. Shannon Medisky |  Feb 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Interesting… Your comments lead me to do some more searches on this topic. It seems that Reynolds actually recommends against this practice as well. Though, my grandmother, my mother and myself have never had any issues/problems with it.

    Thank you, Ladies! :)