Saving time and money working at home

I realize I’ve been a bit off-topic lately, but sometimes life pushes you in a different direction. Career change, family issues and loss all seemed more important than giving tips on saving time or money. Life goes by so fast and I want to savor it, which is why I started this blog in the first place. It’s funny that a change in my career brought me to this post today…the great ways you save time and money working at home!

For the first few years I had kids, I worked from home a few days a week and loved it. Until they could walk I had them home with me, which was great. I don’t think I realized how good I had it until I took a new job that required me to be in the office for eight hours. every day. Needless to say, I am so glad to be working at home again!

Many companies allow telecommuting, and I really think those who don’t, should. Even for non-parents. It allows a better work/life balance and ultimately creates happier and more productive employees. It also saves companies money on office space utilities, etc.

Here are some of the great time- and money-saving aspects of working from home:

Saving Time

1. Without a doubt, number one on this list is commuting time. I did not have a long commute (15-20 minutes), but it was still a process every morning. I had to take the kids to two different schools before heading to my office. We had to leave by 7:00 for me to get there by 8:00. We rushed around like crazy people. Now, I take them when I want (at least until kindergarten starts), and I can get work done before we even leave the house. And in the afternoon, I do both pick ups in 30 minutes before we head to the park or pool. It’s lovely!

2. I multi-task. Most moms are expert multi-taskers. I can write a blog post, send out a proposal and do laundry all at the same time. I can sit at my computer on the phone with the cable company. I don’t have to spend the time doing these things after work, when I’d rather be with my family.

3. I can cook dinner – every night. When I was working in the office, I had no choice but to work out in the evenings, so Chase ended up cooking a few nights a week. Now I can go work out after I drop the kids off or at lunch. I pick the kids up earlier and have dinner ready when Chase gets home. This is common in some families, but it’s new to us. And it’s fantastic!

4. I shop during the day and not on weekends. Costco, Target and all my regular spots are much less crowded during the day on weekdays. For an impatient shopper like me, this is heaven!

Saving Money

1. Gas expenses – I have a large SUV that guzzles gas, so I’m thrilled that I only have to get gas every 10 days now. My drive to the kids’ schools and my workout studio isn’t far, so we’re definitely saving money there.

2. Food – I was pretty good about bringing my lunch when I was working in an office, but you can only eat so many turkey sandwiches and Lean Cuisines. I would sometimes go out for lunch, spending about $10 each time. Now that I’m home, it’s easy to walk into the kitchen and make something, and it would actually be more trouble than it’s worth to go out.

3. Starbucks – I don’t drink coffee, but I love Starbucks hot chocolate. You may think that’s a strange drink for someone who lives in Southern California, but it can be cool in the mornings and my office was always freezing. I went every Friday to celebrate the end of the week, and then sometimes just to get out of the office for a bit. Now that I’m at home, I don’t need an excuse to get out, and I control the temperature. We still do our Friday Starbucks routine with the kids, but I’m not spending the money other days of the week.

4. Makeup, dry cleaning and laundry – I don’t have to dress up or wear makeup very often anymore. In fact, some days I wear my workout clothes all day, then shower at night and change straight into pajamas, making for less laundry/money spent on detergent and utilities to run the washer and dryer. Even on days I have meetings, I only wear business attire for a few hours, so I can wear one outfit several times before taking it the cleaners. My sweet dry cleaner might miss me, but I don’t miss the expense!

I feel like I’ve gotten back so many hours in my day and money in our budget, just by working from home. Granted, I am starting a business, so I’m not really making any money yet, but that will come…I hope! At least I’m saving time and money in the meantime!

Do you work from home? What are some ways it saves you time and money?


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