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12 Time-Saving Tricks

12 Time-Saving Tricks

time saving tricks

Time is almost as precious a commodity as money these days and knowing how to save some of that time is very important.  Below are 12 time-saving tricks that are easy to implement and will save you hours of time.  However, will you spend all that extra time?  Well, that’s up to you, but for me, I can think of a lot of ways I’d spend it!

Time Saving-Tricks for Paying Bills

pay bills

There are two ways you can save time when paying bills and the first one is to simply have your bills drafted out of your bank account or use the bank’s bill pay.  That’s the way I prefer to do it, however, my older sister like to write checks and mail each and every payment!

She does have a great system though and it’s quite smart if you think about it.  In December of each year, she addresses twelve envelopes for each monthly bill she has and even goes so far as to put the postage stamp on them.

These envelopes are all kept in a bill binder and when it’s time to pay the bill all she does in write the check in stick it in the mailbox!

Regardless of which method you choose you will save hours of your time over the span of a year.

Stop Taking Endless Trips to the Garbage When Cooking

potato peelings

This one I was so guilty of until I learned how to save those steps.  When cooking you are always peeling, chopping, or opening boxes of something and there is always garbage.

If you keep a large bowl or small trash receptacle close by you can drop all the garbage in it and make only one trip to the kitchen trash can.  Saving steps do save time! See the receptacle I love! Just click on the image to read about it.

Cook Breakfast in Bulk

cook in bulk

It’s so easy when cooking eggs, bacon, or even pancakes to cook in bulk.  Breakfast foods taste great days after they are cooked and only take warming in the microwave.  You only get everything out one time, mess up the pans one time, and most of the cleanup is at one time.

Shred or Trash Junk and old Mail as You Read It

paper trash

Keeping a paper shredder or small trash can next to where you put the daily mail is a great way to keep things from piling up.  We all get so much junk mail and even the envelopes our regular bills come in have to be thrown away.  Why not shred them and save yourself from identity theft at the same time.  I personally have a shredder.  Click on the image to learn more.

Just Say No!

just say no

Stop feeling like you have to agree with everything people ask you to do.  This is especially true for working women.  Sure we would all love to bake six dozen cookies for the church bake sale or work on a children’s party at school, but the truth is we can’t do it all.

Do what you truly want to do and can do without stressing yourself out and say “NO” to the rest.  If your friends don’t understand then they weren’t really your friend anyway!

When You Enter a Room Pick Up or Wipe Something

I don’t know about you but when I’m home I go through my bedroom to the bathroom, or I’m working in my office, but then I go to the kitchen for a coke, etc.  You can see how you visit many of your rooms multiple times per day.

I started picking up something that’s out of place, straightening a shelf, or wiping down a cabinet each time I enter a room.  It takes less than 60 seconds and makes an amazing difference in keeping your house clean.  You are going to that room anyway so make it count!

Multi-task When Working in Kitchen or Cooking

laundry

My laundry room is right off my kitchen and I’ve found that between stirring a pot on the stove and waiting for something to bake I can fold laundry, put in a load, or clean the microwave.  There are lots of little chores that can be done while waiting for the pot to boil or the oven to preheat.

The point is, make each minute count since you are standing in that room anyway.  This will really free up time like you won’t believe.  Give it a try and see for yourself!

Squeeze and Freeze

This one I read about the other day and fell in love with it.  When cooking with lemons and limes you usually have a half of one or more left.  Squeeze all the juice out and place in ice cube trays.  Place the trays in the freezer but once frozen pop the juice cubes out and store in freezer bag.  Now you have the juice you need without having to cut open a fresh one.

Shopping and Errand List

If you are not keeping an ongoing shopping and errand list you are probably running back to the store for forgotten or needed items which not only waste time, it waste fuel. Just as a side note you should also be making a weekly menu and shopping list as well.  Both save extra trips to the store!

Shop Off-Peak Hours

There are many stores that are open 24 hours per day in the larger cities.  I know Wal-Mart is and I think some CVS Pharmacies are.  But even if you store isn’t open 24 hours you can still shop at times when it’s not so busy.  This saves time getting down the aisles and time at the checkout stand.  We spend so much of our lives waiting in line!

Do your shopping early in the morning or late at night if possible.  For some women, shopping late at night after the kids are in bed is almost their Me-Time.  The husbands or other friends stay with the children of course.

Save Time on Pet Cleaning

Most of you know that baking soda has so many good cleaning abilities but you may not be aware you can use it as a dry shampoo for your pets.  When washing your pet is out of the question but they smell you can cover them in baking soda and rub in really good.  Once rubbed in you take a brush and brush them down real good.

The baking soda will not hurt their skin, nor hurt them if they decide to lick it!  You can buy it in large quantities by clicking on the image below.

Those Dreaded Ashes from Self Cleaning Ovens

I have a self-cleaning oven which I love but those ashes are a pain to get washed up when it’s over.  The new way is to take your vacuum cleaner and suck those pesky ashes up before you wet wipe out the stove.

If you don’t want to lug a large vacuum you can use a handheld one like the one below.  They are great for other quick cleanups in the kitchen as well.

I hope these 12 time-saving tricks will work for you just as they are for me.  I’m all about saving time and money everywhere possible!  What are some time-saving tricks you use?

 

 

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