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.

Google calendar1. Google Shared Calendar
Every family is busy with work and social commitments. I have a cute photo calendar of the kids, but I don’t ever write on it. When events come up, both of us can access our shared Google calendar. I also use it for work appointments, and Chase forwards his Outlook from work to our shared calendar, so he has it at home. We save time not having to call each other to see if we have plans on a certain day (assuming we both remember to use it).


Paint baby wipes2. Baby wipes as a painting tool
I have repainted every wall in this house, along with doorknobs, cabinets and furniture. Everyone says that the worst part of painting is the prep work, and I agree. But, I’ve found a time-saving trick. When you’re painting on hard surfaces (don’t try this near carpet or fabric), use baby wipes to wipe away your mistakes. I don’t tape off hardware or trim anymore, I just have a baby wipe in my hand at all times. If I paint outside the lines, I wipe it away quickly. Saves time and still looks good!


Costco bedding3. Costco Bedding
I was at Costco last week when I saw these nice bedding sets and couldn’t believe the price. For a king size set that includes a comforter, coverlet, shams and pillowcases, it was only $72! I don’t need new bedding, so I didn’t buy it, but I liked several of the patterns, so I was tempted. If you need (or want) some, check it out!





Rustoleum metallic4. Rustoleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint
For some strange reason, all the doorknobs in our house were gold. I’m not sure who would have chosen this in 2003 (when our house was built), but I couldn’t stand it. I replaced all the interior door knobs with new ones from Home Depot a few months ago, but at $150+ each I didn’t want to replace the locks and handles for our three exterior doors. In comes this spray, one of many Rustoleum products I love! It took about 20 minutes to spray them and they are now “satin nickel” like the rest of my doorknobs. All for $7!




Delta AmEx5. Delta Skymiles American Express Card

I’ve written about my love of airline reward credit cards, but after buying our Christmas plane tickets today, I had to give another shout out to my Delta AmEx. I pay a $90 fee each year, but in addition to accruing miles for purchases, I get an annual companion ticket for $99. So one of my four tickets to North Carolina was $99 instead of over $500. Saving more than $400 on that purchase alone makes it well worth the annual fee!



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