Posted by Kate Potters, COO at Glenmont Group
As a working Mom of 4, with a busy recruiting business, I sometimes feel that it’s a miracle that anything gets done. Since starting our business 12 years ago, my husband/business partner and I have used every tool at our disposal to make things work. There are 3 simple things that have been a tremendous help.
Number 1: Grocery Shopping Online
While we used to spend 2-3 hours a week walking the aisles and waiting on line, it now takes 30 minutes tops. As I’m shopping online, I can look up a recipe and buy all the right ingredients or check the fridge to see if we’re out of milk (we usually are). It’s also been a money saver since you eliminate most impulse buys and can easily sort prices low to high. Every year, my family spends a week at the Jersey Shore and we wasted half a day at the grocery shore. (Seriously, it’s not all Snooki and beach bars, we go to the other Jersey Shore, Long Beach Island. If you want to see some beautiful homes click here www.beneescola.com.) This year we discovered that Peapod offers delivery there. What a wonderful thing to be relaxing on the beach and get a text that your groceries have arrived, go to the house, meet the delivery person and be back on the beach 15 minutes later!
Number 2: Outlook’s Email Calendar
I put everything on my calendar. It’s a to-do list, interview tracker and soccer practice reminder all-in-one. The best part about it is the ability to invite others to the appointment and set an alarm. We have a Percolator at work-yes they still make them. Once or twice we forgot to unplug it, which is not good. I added an alert on my calendar and invited one or two other coffee drinkers in the office. Now I can sleep at night, knowing we’re not going to burn the building down.
Number 3: Banking Online
I started using this for work and then decided to handle personal banking this way as well. It not only saves time but also helps for budgeting. I haven’t used the photo deposit feature yet but why not. I’ll do just about anything to avoid waiting in line at the bank.
If you have some time saving tips to share, please add a comment below.