If you are constantly on the go, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself and your family. Whether you’re carting around kids or making your daily commute, there are a few ways to make your busy life a little easier.
Make ‘Me’ Time
Make sure to reserve time for you. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of appointments, meetings, social obligations and chores. Set aside time every day to do something that puts you first. Whether it’s listening to relaxing music, going to a yoga class, having coffee with a friend or watching a favorite TV show, do something that helps balance your day.
With the high cost of gas and limited time for shopping, every stop counts. Maximize your time and dollar by shopping at a discount retailer where you can pick up an assortment of staples in one stop. For example, choose the smaller stores that carry bread, milk, eggs, snacks and other foods, as well as cleaning and paper supplies, health and beauty items, apparel and home décor items. They are usually less crowded that the larger chains, making it easier to get in and out. Plus, less crowds mean better parking, right?! Another bonus: small crowd = small lines.
Automatic Renewal Programs
Consider signing up for automatic renewal programs to ensure items you use and replenish most often are delivered directly to your home on a schedule you determine. You can order items like coffee, diapers, pet food, cleaning supplies on a weekly, monthly or bi-monthly basis. While these programs can help you save time, they often come with special discounts to help you save money too.
Preparing daily meals can be just as time consuming to plan as they are to cook. However, studies suggest that the creative element in choosing and preparing food for cooking is not only relaxing, it stimulates creativity. The trick is to find a few recipes that are low-key and full of color. Even on your busiest days, cooking simple and tasty meals can help you unwind and give you additional time to prepare for the next day.
When you’re constantly on the go, making smart and savvy choices can help you save time and money.