There never seems to be enough time as a parent. Taking care of your children is only part of the equation. Most parents still need to factor in a job, work, cooking, cleaning, running a household and all the errands that come with that. Since I had twins five years ago, I learned a valuable lesson in realizing that I can’t do it all. There are certain things that I have to ask for help with or even “outsource.” It saves my sanity and helps me check a lot more off my ever growing to-do list. Technology and apps have made some of these services more attainable for those with a budget, like me.
Hire a House Cleaner
Getting help with the big task of keeping your house clean can really save a lot of time. You can ask for recommendations with your friends and family. Most times you’ll have a few names if you ask on Facebook. Depending on how much you need to be done and how regular cleanings would be, a house cleaner can certainly fit into your budget.
This is a huge time-saver for me. Going to the grocery store with my kids is difficult. During the time they are at school, I’m usually working, so I’m thankful to have such a great grocery store/personal shopping service so close to home. Having someone else complete the shopping is actually easy and inexpensive. The cost, at our local grocery store, is only $10 and they run promotions all the time that eliminate that. You can also look into meal delivery kits – there are so many companies. When they run promotions to sign up or save, I usually order some kits for when I have busy weeks. I like cooking and the work is already done with these kits.
Save time a Prescription Refill Service
If you or a family member has prescriptions that need to be filled regularly, a service like Phil can be a big help.
My son has medications that need to be filled every month and our daughters’ still take a prescription vitamin. Phil is a prescription refill service that delivers ongoing prescription medication right to your door. For me, this means no more trips to the pharmacy, lines at the counter or finding the time to pick up. What I like is that Phil partners with top-rated, locally owned pharmacies (licensed by the Pharmacy Board). The pharmacies will deliver your medications to you and deal with the doctors and insurance so you don’t have to sweat it. You can refill your medications on your own terms. Phil is essentially free to the customer!
They guarantee that your copay will the same as what you pay at your current pharmacy (outside rare exceptions that you will be notified of for approval). Most insurance plans are accepted and if you don’t have insurance, Phil partner pharmacies will quote the lowest price possible. Delivery is always free – meaning more time for me to do what I need to at no cost. This new service is quickly expanding to all 50 states with the convenience of door delivery and management of your prescriptions – like troubleshooting insurance or chasing down doctors/pharmacies. As a consumer, I appreciate that if you are not 100% satisfied, Phil will gladly transfer you back to your old pharmacy.
With nothing to lose – try Phil. First time customers: Phil will pay up to $20 off your insurance copay or $20 off the cost of the medication if you’re uninsured, while supplies last. Now, that empty prescription bottle doesn’t have to mean more work or another item on your to-do list.
I use a pickup/delivery laundry service from time to time. Three kids produce A LOT of laundry. Sorting and folding all that laundry can be a huge job. If I have a busy week, I simply cannot get to it unless it’s at 1 AM! Research drop off or pick up services – they really are reasonable for when you need the extra help. I pay $1 a pound and delivery is free. Most times, I’ve only paid about $20 – and my clothes are delivered sorted, folded and done.
Getting to know local shop owners in town can actually save you time and money. We shop locally at a toy and gift store. Because we do, I know that both will pick out something for me if I’m running low on time. For example, my husband needed a last-minute gift for a retirement dinner. I made a call to our local gift shop and the wonderful owner sent me 5-10 pictures of items in her store. I chose one, she wrapped it AND delivered it to me free of charge. Sometimes, local shop owners will go above and beyond to keep your business.
Budgeting for Services
We all have a budget and I don’t use all of these services all the time. Some services, like Phil, doesn’t cost me anything and I can use them monthly. For other services, use them when you need them. If you find yourself with laundry piling up and a week that is not letting up, it’s a great relief to have a laundry service. With services at your fingertips, you can save time and accomplish more.
How do you save time on your tasks? Are there any services you use to make your life easier?