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Mommin ain’t always easy y’all. Now that I have gone back to work, I am fiercely working to minimize the time it takes to do every single errand so that I can spend more weeknight and weekend time with my little girl. The plus side to being back at work (besides the fact that I do get to have lunches now where there doesn’t seem to be anyone actively working against me taking a minute to myself) is that I have more income to be able to pay for a few services that help me reduce the time it takes to complete a few of my routine errands. Which means more time for me and Kinsley to have dance parties, food fights (these are one-sided) and take walks.
So whether you are a working mom, or staying at home (snaps for you! that is TOUGH work) or just looking for a way to make life easier, I have put together a list of my favorite services that I use to make my life run with a little more sanity and saves me time!
- Instacart – Having a service that makes your grocery shopping easy is a MUST as a working mom. Most grocery stores are rolling out with their own type of delivery service on online order/curbside pick up, but Instacart is my favorite. You can order from several different stores and have all your groceries delivered to you for just a $10 delivery fee (Get $10 off your first order as a gift from me to you! Takes care of the delivery charge!). In my region you can buy goods from Whole Foods, HEB, Central Market, Costco (without having to get a membership!), Specs, CVS, Petco and Snap Kitchen. So basically I don’t ever have to go in a grocery store again. I choose to pay for the $140 yearly plan which brings my delivery fee down to $0. I order off Instacart every 2 weeks so the yearly fee is worth it. The cost is more than justified by knowing that I don’t have to take time in my evening after work to go to the grocery store when I could go straight home and play with my daughter while someone else is picking up and delivering my groceries straight to my front door. Instacart is a slam dunk for the working mom.
- Amazon Prime – If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you are missing out on probably the most convenient membership service there ever was. You get FREE 2-day shipping on plenty of products sold by Amazon. And when was the last time you couldn’t find what you need on Amazon? For just $10.00, you can even buy 1,500 Live Ladybugs on Amazon (ship them to a friend for the worst practical joke ever). There are SO MANY things that you get with your Prime membership (movies, photo storage, free books), but I don’t think I can live without Prime Delivery. Remembering on Wednesday that you need to get a gift for your friends baby shower on Saturday? Amazon Prime has you covered. Running low on diapers? Amazon Prime those suckers (and get 20% using the Subscribe & Save feature). As a working mom who is also involved in (too) many other activities, you need to have Prime on your side. This cuts out hours spent running errands on the weekends and free that time up to hang with your family. Try a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime! I kid you not – It is life changing.
- ThredUp – ThredUp is a consignment store that is run completely online. You can order a “Clean Out” bag from them (FOR FREE) and fill it up with the clothes you no longer wear AND also the clothes that your kids have grown out of. Once the bag is full, mail it off (via USPS) and in a few weeks, they load your account with your payout. It is just like going to Plato’s closet, but you don’t have to load the clothes in your car, unload them at the store, wait an hour while a teenager judges your clothes, and take back everything you came in with aside from two items. With ThredUp you can choose to let them keep (and donate to charity) the items they don’t buy from you, or you can pay a shipping fee to have the remaining clothes sent back to you. While you can use your earnings to buy from ThredUp’s extensive catalog of consignment clothing, I mostly enjoy the easy and convenient way this service helps me clean out my closet. If you would like to try it out, use this link to get $10.00 to use on ThredUp!
- ChatBooks – Whoever those moms are that find the time to put together gorgeous photo books or scrapbooks (or even fill in all the pages of their kids baby book) are better women than me. Chatbooks is an app that automagically pulls in photos from Facebook, Instagram or your photos app from your phone and makes photo books for you. You get 60 photos per book and books start at $8.00. In fact, use this link and you can get your first book FREE.
I am always looking to grow my list of time saving products! Let me know what products you can’t seem to live without in the comments below!
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