I was recently inspired by the Dollar Shave Club and their motto of “shave time, shave money. I’m a frugal lady and I always have intentions of saving time and money with almost everything I do. Not that I’m against buying things full price or taking the long route to my destination but these days as a new momma, wherever I can spare time and money I’m all about it. So I got to thinking, what do I “shave time, shave money” on?
This is a no brainer. I like to consider myself a smart lady shopper. My constant online browsing allows me the opportunity to scope out the pieces I want/need and then I stalk them until sales being. Luckily for all of us, most new trends and seasonal clothes come out a season in advance. While I don’t need winter clothes that are hitting the stores now, I can wait until they go on sale and scoop them up for a great price. Why spend full price when I can wait for a sale?
The Beard and I work within 2 miles of each other and most days during the week our schedules overlap. Carpooling is essential for us most days so we save on gas and keep from piling on the miles to both of our cars. And while we both don’t agree with each other’s driving skills, it’s a great time for us to catch up on our day-to-day lives before we come home and have to be parents to the babe.
- Leftovers for lunch
I can already sense some of my friends cringing at this statement but hear me out. I’m not talking about 2-3 day left overs but meals from the night before. If you are used to cooking for 2 you know how hard it is to NOT have left overs. Most recipes are made for 4 or more, so in our simple home of 2 we always have left over food. When I got into cooking about a year ago I started taking leftovers for lunch at work the next day. Why? It was not only saving us lots of money (eating out adds up!) and I was able to enjoy all the amazing meals all over again. Since then I have become the envy of the people around me as my lunches always smell great.
- Meal Planning
Every sunday we plan out our meals and head to the grocery store. This has helped tremendously with saving time during the week especially with the new babe. We know what meals we’re having, when we are making them and who is accountable for them. We no longer have the fuss of trying to decide what to have for dinner and bouncing ideas back and forth for over an hour until we end up eating out. Now, dinners are served promptly once we get home which means more time with Ava.
It’s no surprise that I love make and beauty products and I love to splurge. But I’m frugal these days and can’t justify spending a ton of money on all of the products I want. I’ve set out to try to find the “drugstore” brands of products that I like and now love. Not everything works the same which means some expensive things will forever stay in my makeup bag but now I have a go to options when I’m in a bind and would rather buy a cute outfit for Ava instead of makeup for myself. Mom life.
- To-Do Lists
I love a good list. However if can prioritize my day, especially at work, I’m all about it. Post-its, notepads and calendar reminders make up the majority of my day and it’s become a critical time saver. I’ve determined how to squeeze in all the meetings, all of the tasks and still make time for myself.
- Divide & Conquer
Life as new parents can be stressful and we both want as much time with the little babe as possible. Each night we divide out what needs to be done and attack! This can range from The Beard starting the laundry to me getting Ava dressed for bed. Or me starting dinner and The Beard giving Ava a bath. Once the evening comes we both can sit around and enjoy our little bundle of joy.
How do you “shave time and shave money”
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***Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated or provided with free products for my thoughts in this post. All opinions are my own***