Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

Time Saving Secrets for Moms plus Linky & Giveaway

by heather

I have two full-time jobs. I take care of sick kids and then I take care of my kids. Since I have gone back to work full-time in recent months I’m finding that sometimes my time is more valuable than money. My job as a mom is so important. My kids will never be 2 & 4 again. Now is the time that I need to be with them, to let them know that they are loved and help them to learn so they can grow into strong and productive people. Now is the time to enjoy their discoveries. However, this doesn’t change the fact that my husband is currently going to school more than full-time and somebody has to pay the bills. (This is a short-term situation, only 2 semesters and then we’re back to part-time working mommy. :D) So I thought I would share a few ways that I have found to cut corners without cutting out what is important.

    Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers, Size 4, 140-Count
  1. I buy my diapers from Amazon. I hate buying diapers. I hate that they are so expensive, they’re just going in the garbage. I hate that whenever there’s a really good deal on them if I am not at the store within the first 3 hours there aren’t any left in the size I need. However, if you buy them by the case from Amazon they are delivered to your house within 2 days (free shipping, baby) and are a significantly better deal than your average Walmart/Target prices, even without coupons. And you can have them shipped to you on a regular basis so you don’t even have to think about it. I love that.
  2. Bountiful Baskets I know lots of people have been talking about how wonderful this produce co-op is for awhile, and I finally jumped on the bandwagon. (I was somewhat afraid that if I bought one most of it would go to waste before we could use it. I hate wasting food.) I split a basket with a friend and got a lot of fresh produce, for less money and less time than if I had gone to the store/farmer’s market myself. Plus I love the randomness. It forces me to add variety to our diet. 
  3. I hired a cleaning service. This one was a little painful at first, and made me feel somewhat guilty paying someone to do something I can do myself. I just wanted someone to help me with the deep cleaning, which I really just don’t have time to get to. It is kind of expensive to have someone else come and clean my house, but they can clean at least twice as fast as I can and more thoroughly (probably at an even faster rate if you take into account they are not distracted by small munchkins.) After they were done, I was so happy. I love it when my house is clean. It removes so much stress. And the next day I had off instead of worrying about cleaning my house I played with my kids. It was great.
  4. I’ve stopped clipping coupons. Well sort of. I only clip the ones I need. Here’s the system I use.
  5. I use my food storage. (Usually with the aid of my crock pot) I know that I talk about food storage a lot, but since I’ve been working more I have been using it more than usual. When I plan my meals around what I have, not only am I saving money I also spend far less time grocery shopping. It may sound a little crazy, but give it a try and see if using your food storage doesn’t make your life easier.

Now for the very first linky on my blog! Share what brilliant time saving hacks you have found that give you more time for the things that really matter. And of course a giveaway. This month I’m giving away a $20 Amazon giftcard. So here’s how you can win it.

  1. Be a follower. New or old, it doesn’t matter. Just leave a comment telling me that you are interested in the giveaway. And if you don’t follow through Google Friend Connect, just mention how you do follow.
  2. Link up a time saving secret. Or you can just leave one in the comments.
  3. Become my friend on Facebook. (FB is where I talk about any great deals that I am snagging, and if you’re my friend and I find a great FB offer I will pass it on to you.)

 This giveaway runs from now until September 28, 2010 at 2359 MST. The winner will be announced September 29, 2010.

    47 Responses to “Time Saving Secrets for Moms plus Linky & Giveaway”

    1. Ken and Jen says:

      I'm a follower, and a $20 giftcard sounds awesome!

    2. Ken and Jen says:

      One time saver that I use is to double a recipe as I am cooking it and then freeze one to have for later. Then on those nights when the kids are crazy/ I'm tired/ whatever, I'm not tempted with fast food.

    3. T @ The Happy Clipper says:

      I'm a new GFC follower! I would love an Amazon gift card!

    4. T @ The Happy Clipper says:

      facebook friend requested

    5. T @ The Happy Clipper says:

      I added a link. I pick out my clothes for the next day to save time in the morning.

    6. Anita says:

      Google connected imnotarunner is publicly following you

    7. Anita says:

      time saving secret, cooking all your meals ahead of time on sunday and freezing them.

    8. Anonymous says:

      I am a new follower on GFC! Would love to win! -Liz I.
      chlives at hotmail dot com

    9. Anonymous says:

      I also buy my diapers on Amazon! Something we do to save time is make crock-pot meals in the morning when I have more time, so around the busy evening time, dinner is already done!

    10. Samanta/Sammy says:

      I am a new follower on GFC! Would love to win

    11. Samanta/Sammy says:

      facebook friend requested
      Samanta Tancredo Galv√£o

    12. tcwilson says:

      I follow you on my favorites!

    13. tcwilson says:

      Make your lunch for the following day the night before.

    14. Debbie says:

      I now follow Secrets of Mom.

      Debbie P: rebbiedeed(at)hotmail(dot)com

    15. Debbie says:

      I sent you a request to be my friend on facebook.

      Debbie P: rebbiedeed(at)hotmail(dot)com

    16. Debbie says:

      My best time saver is meal planning. If I don't know what I'm going to cook, I take forever trying to figure out what to make. Meal planning saves so much time and energy.

      Debbie P: rebbiedeed(at)hotmail(dot)com

    17. Latoshia says:

      I'm a follower!

    18. tips4green says:

      I'm a GFC follower!

    19. tips4green says:

      My best time saver is having my kids help with stuff around the house, lol. Pretty much … delegate!! Most of the time I have to go back and do some stuff over, but I do not have to spend so much time picking up the little things, like toys ect, when they already did all of the foot work. Plus, they help with laundry, putting dishes away from the dishwasher, sweeping the porch, etc. Family pitching in together makes a big diff!!

    20. tips4green says:

      Sent you a friend request on FB!!

    21. Watch Calder Grow! says:

      I'm a new follower on GFC!

      courtney.reiser at gmail dot com

    22. Christie says:

      Get laundry out of the dryer while it's still warm–this cuts down on wrinkles, and therefore ironing and re-washing clothes to get out the wrinkles.

    23. tattgiff says:

      I am a new gfc follower!
      tattgiff at centurytel dot net

    24. tattgiff says:

      My mom hates this but I don't fold my sheets. I roll them up and "log" them in my sheet drawer.

    25. tattgiff says:

      I have liked you on facebook.
      Thank you for the giveaway!!
      tattgiff at centurytel dot net

    26. tyson2468 says:

      Following via gfc. Fun giveaway – thank you for the chance to win! :)
      tyson 2468 (at) charter (dot) net

    27. tyson2468 says:

      My favorite time saver is weekly meal planning. Makes for less stops at the grocery store. :)
      tyson 2468 (at) charter (dot) net

    28. Michelle says:

      I am so bad at checking my friend's private blogs! Do you think you could add me to your email list alert when you post? If it is full then no problem…

      I would love to enter this giveaway. How fun are you?!

    29. Nancy says:

      I just requested to be your friend on Facebook!!!

    30. Nancy says:

      I also am now a follower on GC

    31. Anonymous says:

      I use Peapod to shop for groceries and only allow myself to spend $100.00 every other week– if I go over, I have to "put something back". Peapod is a bit more expensive but they take coupons and shopping on-line helps me see exactly what I have in my "cart" and how much I am spending. –Paula Marie (just joined you on Facebook)

    32. Melinda says:

      I am a GFC follower (Affording Common Cents).
      The Amazon gift card is a great giveaway!

      jmdanials (at) gmail (dot) com

    33. Melinda says:

      Time Saving Secret- I make my kids school lunch the night before and I have them set out their clothes for the next day.- Makes mornings much more relaxed.

      jmdanials (at) gmail (dot) com

    34. Liz says:

      I am now following you.

      lrohler630 at gmail dot com

    35. JR911 says:

      I follow you

    36. JR911 says:

      My time saving secret is to make double meals and freeze some for another time. I always try to cook in bulk so I'll have a dinner ready in no time.

    37. Downtownbb1976 says:

      I friended you on Facebook! Thanks!

    38. Janice says:

      I'm a follower!

    39. Janice says:

      I love to plan out the meals for the week. It makes dinner prep so much easier and quicker!

    40. Amber L. says:

      I found you through MSM and now I just keep checking in. I find your stage in life close to mine…hectic! :)

      alehman1983@gmail dot com

    41. The Schneiders says:

      I just posted a link and realized I should have entered in the comment section. :) I'm a follower now. :) Sorry about that.

    42. The Schneiders says:

      I try to fold my laundry straight out of the dryer.

    43. Northern Mama from the South says:

      We all make our lunches at night. There's less rush time in the morning and it's easier to keep up with who's eating what and what they're running out of.

    44. Northern Mama from the South says:

      I'm a follower too.

    45. Monica says:

      I'm a follower
      couponmoni at gmail dot com

    46. Anonymous says:

      GFC follower Astrogal

      nemesis_33012 at yahoo dot com

    47. Anonymous says:

      FB friend

      nemesis_33012 at yahoo dot com

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