While some people find it easy to multi-task and manage time effectively, there are many who struggle to get everything that needs sorting completed. Time Management skills can have a big impact on one’s life and may free up space to do other things such as spending time with a partner, taking the children out to the park or simply to relax and have some personal time.
Household Time Management Tips – Bulk Buying
Especially in today’s difficult economic times, bulk buying is a practical, simple way to save both money and time. Head to the local cash and carry store and stock up on essential items which are required every day or every week. Most cash and carry shops have the price for both a single item and a box or bulk batch of items, making it easy to work out which is more cost-effective. Watch out for buy one get one free deals, particularly on more expensive items such as dishwasher tablets or washing powder.
Buying non-perishable food items, cleaning products, and toiletries in bulk will also reduce the time spent on a weekly shop and save petrol through not requiring quick last minute dashes to pick up any essential which have run out.
Household Time Management Tips – Meal Planning
At the beginning of each week, it is a good idea to get the whole family together and find out who is out at which meal times and the number of meals required for each day. This means that one will know exactly how much food is needed to save time and money. Next, think of a meal plan for the following week’s evening meals and list all the ingredients required. It is often significantly simpler to have certain foods on certain nights each week such as pasta bake on a Friday or fresh fish on a Monday and this way it takes much less planning time to sort out the week ahead.
A major benefit of buying the necessary ingredients for the meals planned for the week ahead is that it means there is no need to have to get to the supermarket or local shop more than once each week, thus saving time and money.
Household Time Management Tips – Organise and File Bills
An effective way of dealing with the various bills that come in each week requires having a specific location such as a drawer or letter holder where each bill gets placed. Writing on the bill the due date or highlighting the date using a marker makes it less likely that the date will be missed. Another idea is to note on the calendar the week that a bill is due.
Once a bill has been paid, use a marker pen to clearly state that this is the case and then place the relevant letter(s) in a special ‘paid bills’ folder. Where possible organizing direct debits can save a lot of time and hassle. It is also worth finding out which bills may be paid over the phone or online with the latter usually be the most cost-effective method. Writing the cheque number on the bill to be filed will also help if a problem should arise in relation to the payment.
As highlighted above, there are various ways to use time management and organizational skills to one’s advantage within the home environment. Both money and time can be saved through simple, practical means such as bulk buying, planning meals and having an efficient bill-paying system.