The Best Time Saving Tip for Busy Moms

It’s no secret that I, like most moms, am pretty busy. One glimpse into a day in my life, and it would be very evident that I need to take shortcuts wherever I can. And, boy do I! As much as I would like to strive for perfection in all that I do, it’s just not possible. So, I prioritize and decide ahead of time what things I need to spend the most time on and what things I can cut corners on. So, with that, I want to share the single most valuable hack I have for busy, working moms (or any moms, really).

Outsource.

Some may consider outsourcing to be cheating. Not me. I consider it to be smart. Time is my most valued commodity and I value it over most everything else. I started outsourcing my house-cleaning a couple years ago and what a God-send that has been! Recently my once-per-month deep-cleaning housekeeper retired, though, and since I haven’t found anyone else (because time), I to had to do it myself and oh. my. word. It took an entire day to clean everything and then a couple additional hours cleaning the floors the next day. I have way better things to spend my time on (like my kids) so the search for a replacement is definitely on.

I recently also discovered HelloFresh, a weekly food-delivery service, and partnered with them to bring you this post (see my disclaimer page here). Hello convenience! So, you just select which meals you want included in your box for the week, select servings for 2 or 4, and let it come to your door! Meal planning and grocery shopping not necessary! Hello time savings!

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I was initially concerned about a box of fresh food waiting for me at my front door (in fear it would go bad) but HelloFresh was on top it it! Everything was packed in such in a way to make sure it stayed cold.

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The meals’ ingredients come fresh and boxed together so you can easily store them and just pull everything out of your fridge at once! Each HelloFresh box also comes with a recipe book that gives you step-by-step directions to making your gourmet, delicious meal! Their recipes are healthy, quick, and convenient!

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Todd and I had fun working together to create meals we hadn’t made before. We also got a good chuckle out of having to Google what “lemon zest” is. We enjoyed eating the dinners the most, though!

Disclaimer: Bear with me here; I’m not a food blogger by any means so my food photos aren’t great (and I forgot to shoot one of the three meals), but trust me when I say that the meals were delish!

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I realize not everyone can spend the money to outsource everything, which is why HelloFresh wants to help you save by offering you a $35 discount off of your first box using code MEMOIRS35!

Some other ways to outsource include:

  • Hiring a dog walker
  • Target’s Subscription service for your regularly needed essentials (or Amazon)
  • Hiring someone for yard work
  • Using a virtual assistant
  • Laundry services

Now save yourself some time and get to outsourcing! What time-saving tips do you have? Share them below!

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61 Comments

  1. February 15, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I love this article! I have always thought about giving HelloFresh a try… maybe I will with your
    coupon idea!

    • Shannnon
      February 15, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Yes! You totally should! Thanks for reading!

  2. Latasha
    November 18, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Oh, wow! Sounds amazing! 🙂 I think I will try it out.
    Thanks for sharing your review. 🙂

    • November 18, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      It totally is! You should totally try it!

  3. itsahero
    November 17, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    I’ve yet to use Hello Fresh, but I’ve used other meal services like it and I LOVE them! I’m so nervous to cook. Having step by step instructions and already prepped ingredients makes me feel so confident!

    • November 17, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      I agree! Use the discount to try Hello Fresh! You’ll love it!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:41 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  4. November 17, 2016 / 10:01 am

    This sounds like a great service! I’m not a natural chef by any means; I can follow a recipe, but that’s about it. I don’t branch out from my tried-and-true meals very often. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Neither am I so neither do I! This was great for us so we could try something different!

  5. November 17, 2016 / 8:48 am

    I’d love to be able to outsource like that, it looks great.

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      I want to outsource everything! LOL

  6. November 17, 2016 / 7:15 am

    I love Hello Fresh! Such great recipes!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      I agree! They’re so good!

  7. ktgoff3
    November 17, 2016 / 12:35 am

    I am doing a review for them next week and I can’t wait! This all looks delicious!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      I hope you love it!

  8. November 16, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    I use Hello Fresh sometimes too. It’s been great!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      It really is! Thanks, girl!

  9. November 16, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    i have had so many friends say that hello fresh is awesome! I need to try it!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      You totally should!

  10. November 16, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    We have tried Hello Fresh before and love it! It would make a great Christmas gift for someone!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Gasp! That’s genius!

  11. Elizabeth @ CrazyBusyHappyLife
    November 16, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Amen on the outsourcing!!!!!! It’s not cheating, it’s just plain smart.

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Right?! Thanks, girl!

  12. November 16, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Ah! I’ve been wanting to try this out. Looks delicious!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      You’ll love it! Thanks!

  13. Daily Delivered
    November 16, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    This is one I have yet to try!!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      You should definitely check it out!

  14. November 16, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    That shrimp looks amazing! I don’t think it’s cheating to outsource some of your tasks. If it frees you up to do the things that matter most, it’s a win!

  15. sgmtucker2016
    November 16, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    It’s so nice not to have to run out to the store for dinner!! This is one I need to try.

  16. sgmtucker2016
    November 16, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    It is soooo nice not to have to run out to the store! I will have to try this one!!

    • November 17, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      Yes! So nice. You will love it!

  17. 2mysillymonkey
    November 16, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    I outsource too! Very helpful. Prime, Cleaning lady every 4 weeks and I order from the grocery store deli online and just set a pick up time.

    • November 16, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      You’re ahead of the game! Awesome!

  18. mckinziebean
    November 16, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    I agree I think outsourcing where you can is so smart! I do outsource a few projects for my business and it is such a relief to me!

    • November 16, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      That’s super smart!

  19. November 16, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    I keep meaning to try a boxed meal service. Maybe I’ll have to make that a New Years resolution!

    • November 16, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      Yes! You totally should!

  20. November 16, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Some of my local grocery stores let me order online and pick up. That is amazing, if I’m in a hurry or need my husband to pick up for me.

    • November 16, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      Gasp! That is huge!

  21. Growing up zee
    November 16, 2016 / 11:56 am

    We love Hello Fresh too!

    • November 16, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      They’re awesome!

  22. November 16, 2016 / 11:55 am

    Amazing tips! I have never used a boxed meal company before! Now I’m sitting here wondering why?!

  23. bitesofflavor
    November 16, 2016 / 11:17 am

    What great tips! I am not a mom (yet), but I can tell you that my mom friends totally agree with you on hiring a cleaner. Time with family is way more valuable than money!

    • November 16, 2016 / 11:34 am

      I feel like EVERYONE should hire a cleaner! 🙂

  24. November 16, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Totally agree! We use a box meal company too!! So much easier on those crazy weeks

    • November 16, 2016 / 11:34 am

      That’s awesome! Which one do you use?

  25. November 16, 2016 / 9:46 am

    I need to find a new cleaning lady!!! Outsourcing is key! And those meals look so yummy!

    • November 16, 2016 / 9:53 am

      I need one, too! Agh! And, they were delish. For real.

  26. November 16, 2016 / 9:04 am

    I started having Target ship larger products like toilet paper and diapers. It’s super helpful as it makes my shopping trips easier as I don’t have a lot of room in a cart for big items with 2 kiddos.

    A local grocery store ships groceries for free. I may try outsourcing the grocery shopping during the cold winter months!

    • November 16, 2016 / 9:35 am

      That’s so smart! Target and Amazon’s subscriptions are lifesavers for me!

  27. November 16, 2016 / 7:28 am

    This definitely sounds like a great time saving option for busy mom’s! A much better option than fast food!

    • November 16, 2016 / 8:07 am

      Yes! Although, fast food is so tasty! LOL

  28. carissagarabedian
    November 16, 2016 / 7:17 am

    I have a few friends who use this service ans really like it. I agree, we need to outsource what we can and allow ourselves a little break!

    • November 16, 2016 / 8:07 am

      Yes! It’s super convenient. I’ll take all the time back that I can get!

  29. November 16, 2016 / 6:04 am

    I couldn’t agree more! I need to outsource more. You can’t get precious time with your babies back!

    • November 16, 2016 / 8:08 am

      Exactly! Thanks for reading!

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