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.

Costco Carter's pajamas1. Carter’s pajamas at Costco
When the kids were infants, I thought Carter’s had the cutest little outfits. My kids outgrew onesies years ago, but I still think Carter’s pajamas are among the best around. We have a Carter’s outlet, but the best prices are at Costco. They have seasonally appropriate ones for kids up to age eight. I just stocked up on Clay’s winter ones (I bought Avery’s few weeks ago), and they were on sale for $7.50 per pair. Even at the regular price of $8.99, they’re a great deal!

 

Cuisinart pan2. Cuisinart non-stick skillet
We were lucky enough to receive a set of cookware for our wedding, but after a few years we had to replace some pieces since the non-stick surface quickly became sticky (and annoying to clean). After replacing the main skillet at least twice, I decided to just buy a cheap one at Bed Bath & Beyond for the many quesadillas we make. It was only $20 (after my 20 percent off coupon), and I have to say, about two months in, it is holding up great. Even eggs don’t stick to it, and it’s super easy to clean. Love that it saves me time at such a great price!

 

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 2.28.21 PM3. Sephora Beauty Insider program
I love makeup. It’s not cheap. The great thing about Sephora is that you can save time by going to one store (or online) for everything. My makeup bag is comprised of many different brands and all but one they carry at Sephora (Chanel…sigh). Their Beauty Insider program is great. You get points that give you free stuff, they give you a birthday gift and a few times a year they send you a coupon for 20 percent off. If you’re spending $100 on makeup (which I wish I could say I’ve never done), you’ll save $20. It’s great and easy to sign up!

 

R + F Logo4. Consider a side job
Saving money is hard. Sometimes it seems like your entire salary goes to monthly expenses, without much left over. As a communications professional, I’ve often taken on side projects in addition to my day job. I’ve done editing, PR outreach and more. There are also some great options for working at home. Direct sales for companies like thirty-one, stella & dot and my personal favorite, Rodan + Fields, give you the ability to work on your schedule. It’s a great way to make extra money and it’s also really fun! I’m not sure what I’m saving my Rodan + Fields money for yet (college funds?), but I’ve been able to squeeze it in with all of my other commitments. The company is growing exponentially, so if you’re interested in joining my team, let me know!

 

garage bin5. Garage bin for jackets, shoes and backpacks
Have I mentioned I hate clutter? And we’re always rushing out the door? When school started, I felt overwhelmed by the pile of shoes and backpacks in my entry way. Now it’s cool in the mornings, so we’ve added jackets to the mix. I found an old Rubbermaid storage bin and put it right next to the door between the house and the garage. When we get home from school, we put shoes and jackets directly into the bin. We get out the day’s homework and the backpack goes back in there. It keeps the mess out of our house and makes it quick and easy to get out of the house in the morning.


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