Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to Save 10 Hours a Week

Here is my big secret for how to save yourself 10 hours each week.

How to save yourself 10 hours a week, and free yourself up to do what you want!

We all know I love to save time. I double sheet the cribs to avoid changing sheets in the middle of the night, pre-make birthday gifts, and keep my kids in bed until it's time to wake up. Most of that is so that I can sleep, read trashy romance novels that I then stash on our mantle, and so I can spend time with my husband.

So here is how I can carve out a little "me" time to be a better parent as well.

Amazon Prime.

What? That's not what you thought it was? Well, let me assure you, that for me, I save not only 10 hours a week, but probably $200 as well.

Here is how my typical week plays out.

Sunday: Meal Plan. Receive giant package of toilet paper that I subscribe to on Amazon, it just shows up monthly, so I never run out. Brilliant! Save 1 hour of drive and shopping time.

Monday morning: Grocery Shop.

Monday afternoon: My 5 year old has outgrown her PE shoes, and needs new ones. For this week. Order a new pair of Sauconys in the next size up. They will be delivered Wednesday. Save 3 hours in driving time and shopping time at Nordstrom, my favorite shoe store, and $100 by not getting makeup for me.

Monday night: realize I forgot something (olive oil). Order from Amazon. Save 45 minutes trip to grocery store, plus $20 dollars and hundreds of calories by not buying chocolate covered raisins while there alone at night:)

Tuesday: Cook, mommy, drive kids to and from school.

Tuesday afternoon: My 5 year old needs 100 "somethings" by Friday for the 100th day of school. She wants paper clips but after looking all around discover we only have 48 in the house. Order from Amazon. Save 1 hour trip to Office Supply Store, plus $100 if I had sent my husband and he bought the latest gadget or gizmo while he was there.

Wednesday: gym, cook, mommy, drive...

Thursday: Wake up to discover we have half a pack of diapers left, not enough to get us through the weekend. Order from Amazon. Save 1-2 hour trip to Babies R Us, countless minutes of whining when my kids see toys they like, and $50 in un-bought toys.

While online remember birthday party on Sunday. Order a book and paints (see my favorite birthday gifts for kids here) from Amazon. Save 1.5 hour trip to Target and $100 I would have spent on other adorable things Target carries.

Friday: relax and enjoy the weekend! Save 3 hours and avoid random "errands" on Sunday that I know I can do with Amazon.

Total time saved: 11.25 hours

Total Dollars saved: $370

Amazon Prime, lets me order almost anything off their site, with free 2 day delivery. Returns are super easy if you make a mistake or something doesn't fit, they will even schedule a pickup form your house. Can you see my plan to never, ever leave the house? Of course the kids and school don't really play a part in this plan, but when I was nursing the baby for hour son end, I could still do all the shopping with Amazon, so smart.


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Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

hahaha, I love it ... but would miss the chocolate covered snacks :)

Unknown said...

Discovering Amazon Prime was an eye opener for me. I love it. I use it all the time for oh, everything. Well not everything because for some reason I missed that there is food on there... must investigate.

And chocolate covered raisins, like not other!

Shandy said...

You may have just opened up a whole new world for me! LOL I've never used Amazon Prime, and we're out in the boonies, so drive time to the nearest store is at least an hour round trip. At least. Found you on the Weekend Wrap Up Party, and am a new follower of yours :) Have a great weekend!

Shandy @

Mariel said...

What a great post! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

Anabelle said...

I agree, I was a skeptic of Prime, but I now get packages at LEAST twice a week. Getting all those forgotten items. Random...did you guys know that you can SHARE prime? You can share your prime membership with up to two (I think its two) other people. So that $79 subscription fee doesn't seem so bad when you split it three ways! LONG LIVE AMAZON PRIME!!!!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

This is awesome! We have Amazon Prime but I've never thought of using it for groceries and things like that!

Tammigirl said...

I'm a big fan of Amazon Prime myself. But I have to say your plan would not save me the same time it saves you. I would never spend an hour going to get toilet paper because I buy stuff like that while I'm out (mostly always at Sam's club) buying other things. And diapers would be the same deal - stocked up on those.

That said, I manage to find a couple of things to buy on Amazon a week and sometimes much more. I did forget to buy the Bruce Hardwood floor cleaner twice in a row when I was out and ordered it on Amazon to just get it done. You must live far from things like I do.

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