Time saving and the holidays…almost an oxymoron, right?
But, we all have our little hints that help make life easier and less time consuming for us.
How do we same time (and money) during the holidays?
Make a budget.
While this might not seem like a time saving tip, it really is. We make our list of people to shop for, and set the amount we are going to spend. It makes it easier to shop for them knowing our budget. Often, we include an idea or two for a gift on that same list so it’s all in one place.
If you are going from store to store, make sure you have mapped out the most efficient and effective route to and from each store. Don’t waste time or money driving around without a plan.
Babysitting or playdate exchange
Gain kid-free time to make your way through your holiday to-do list by coordinating a playdate exchange with another family.
While it might seem like a no brainer, as two busy parents working full-time jobs out of the home, we really don’t have time to peruse the racks and go from store to store, especially with the busyness of the stores and the traffic. Often, we have the ships mailed/shipped directly to the recipient because our family is all out of town. And, of course, you can pay for gift wrapping (or leave it to your wonderful parents or in-laws to do it for you and save you some money.
Bank on the go or online
Often, our family “goes in” together on gifts meaning we getting a bigger dollar item and split the cost. Fortunately, we all use Bank of America. I easily set up mobile banking with secure access by download the mobile banking app. I am able to instantly transfer money to them to cover my part of a gift and not leave it for another time, or mailing them a check. If my computer is nearby, I will do it online. Of course, I often check balances, and do all of my bill paying online as well. If you didn’t budget (see my first tip), you can sign up for text banking and you’ll be able to send a text message to get your balance instantly in a reply.
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