Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized.

gymboree pants1. Gymboree Uniform Pants
We were going Chase’s cousin’s wedding reception when I realized that Clay didn’t have any pants to wear. I ran to the mall with my Gymboree 20 percent off coupon and these were the first ones I saw, so I grabbed them. The said they are wrinkle-free, but I was skeptical. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled them out of the suitcase in Big Bear, and they still looked great. They are super soft too. They’re on sale for $20, so with the coupon they’re only $16. Not to mention the time you save not having to iron. I’ve had great luck with Gymboree clothes holding up well, so I may get a few more pairs!

12. Costco Wedding Invitations
Going to Chase’s cousin’s wedding and receiving two wedding invitations recently reminded me how expensive invitations can be. There are many more options now than when I got married – back then the only discount I found was through Costco. They have changed their vendor since then, to Wedding Paper Divas (the wedding arm of Tiny Prints), but they have nice designs and Costco members get 20 percent off. So, if you’re planning a wedding, check it out!

 

Happy hour3. Happy Hour Dinner
I’ve always been a fan of happy hour, but until I moved to San Diego, it was mostly just drink specials. Here, we have restaurants with great food specials before 6:30 p.m. Chase gets out of work fairly early most days, and the kids are still in a good mood and easy to take out to eat if we go early. We hit our local Mexican restaurant, brewery and sushi restaurant before 6:30, and we can have dinner for half price. And we’re still home in time for the kids’ bedtime!

 

closet organizer4. Amazon Hanging Shelf Closet Organizer
When we looked at our house, we didn’t realize there were two closets in the master bedroom. So imagine my surprise/delight when I realized I could have the walk-in to myself, and Chase could use the smaller, regular closet. We soon realized we needed some extra space for his folded items including shorts, jeans and (many) t-shirts. Our old house had amazing California closets and I really wanted those, but when I found out the cost, I had to find another option. They aren’t solid hardwood like the old ones, but they work well to create space and stay organized for only $14!

Painter Clay5. Put Your Kids to Work
My kids are getting older, so I save time by asking them to help with projects around the house. Sure, at three and five their skills are limited, but every little bit helps. I lost my mind last week and decided my kitchen cabinets needed another coat of paint, so Clay painted the drawers. Avery is vacuuming my floors as I type this. Now if only I could trust them to do dishes and laundry…

 


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