100+ Ways to Manage Your Time and Money and Stress Less
You know the saying, ‘Time is Money’?
I know, I know - this is a health and fitness blog - why am I talking about money and time?
Because saving time and money means less stress for you.
Also, even though the two areas (money and/or time management and health) appear somewhat unrelated, they have a LOT in common. Mostly that you’ve developed habits around both and you have autopilot behaviors that may ..or may not …take you where you want to go with either.
However, what I’ve seen is that once you get a handle on one, it’s easier to apply the same principles to the other one.
For example, you probably manage your money and your time the same way you manage your health. You’re either Type A - have a good idea of what you have saved, how much you will earn this week/month/year, know what you’re spending it on, are pretty disciplined about spending, and you’re mindful with your purchasing habits. You’re proactive, putting money away for the future, knowing that sure it would be tons of fun to splurge more often, but you're thinking long term and know you’ll want to have something to fall back on in the future.
Same with your health. You’re either super aware of what’s going on with your health, you’re pretty diligent about eating vegetables, not loading up on processed food or added sugar. You have the occasional treat but it’s done mindfully, not emotionally. OR you’re more of a ‘live for today’ type, enjoying every delicious opportunity that appears in front of you and giving in to every inclination to comfort eat that comes along.
Also, the fact that you might not be great with money or have a solid knowledge about what’s going on with yours might lead to some low grade, chronic stress, which isn’t great for your health. You might not have full on panic attacks but the constant worry going on in the back of your mind about it is going to have some eventual side effects on your health.
Take a look and see if there are a few things here that might help you save money and stress!
Prep and pack Mason jar lunches
Batch cook - double the recipe and cook extra to freeze for later
Use a Bullet Journal instead of a planner to get more done in less time
Organize your refrigerator to prevent spoiling food and wasted money
Make your own salad dressing instead of buying prepared
Use a Vitamix to make your own nut butter
Make your own yogurt pouches
Use grocery rebate apps like Ibotta and Checkout51 to get cash back on groceries
Bulk shop for pantry staples
Make your own baking mix for pancakes or quick breads
Go Meatless on Mondays (go to www.meatlessmonday.com for ideas!)
Get a SodaStream and stop buying expensive soda or seltzer
Use an Instant Pot to maximize your time cooking dinner
Make your own water flavoring
Meal plan to save money on last-minute takeout meals
Get a filtration system, like a Brita and reusable water bottle and stop buying overpriced bottled water
Make your own bread
Learn to can vegetables
Shop your pantry. Use up the items that have been sitting in there that you may have forgotten about
Buy dried beans instead of canned
Stop paying late fees on credit cards (set a reminder on your phone or sign up for autopay!)
Cancel your gym membership and workout at home
Refinance your home if your mortgage interest rate is high
Use credit cards with membership rewards programs like American Express
Organize linen closet with bins for medicines, first aid, baby items, sheets, pillowcases
Create appt reminders so you don’t forget appointments and incur no-show fees
Evaluate your car insurance to avoid overpaying
Stack your errands to save money on gas and wear and tear on your car
Set up a home organization station like this one (from atcharlotteshouse.com) to keep family members organized
Outsource time-consuming tasks like lawn care
Use a home cleaning schedule to keep your home neat and clean, stop wasting time cleaning rooms that are hardly used or seen
Pack your lunch night before and streamline your morning routine (Psst… lunch bags don’t have to be fug! THIS ONE is adorable!)
Set up Help Yourself snack bins for your kids
Get into the habit of going to bed earlier and get more sleep (want to know how your sleep impacts productivity?)
Maximize your gym time by doing more circuit or HIIT-style workouts
Use a purse insert to save time and stay organized
Pack emergency items, paper towels, trash bags, extra clothes, back up snacks, and water in a Car Box
Make your own ice packs (here are five different ways to do it)
Purchase refurbished electronics. Amazon now offers certified refurb items on their Amazon Renewed site. You can get refurbished smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets, home and kitchen appliances, game consoles, office products, and more!)
Make your own jewelry cleaner (Here’s how!)
Use washable microfiber cloths for cleaning
Wake up earlier and be more productive before the day starts (Click here for tips on better sleep)
Make your own 2nd day hair spray (xoJane.com has a great recipe here!) cut your shower time in half
Shop with the season, buy things during the time of year they usually go on sale
Use Amazon Subscribe and Save to save you the time and hassle of shopping for items you use regularly
Use flickering LED lights instead of candles. Romance AND safety!
Make your own spice mixes instead of buying expensive premade ones (Wellnessmama.com has 14 recipes right here!)
Use Rent the Runway for formal dressing occasions – don’t buy outfits you’ll only wear once!
Create a capsule wardrobe and stop buying clothes you won’t wear (Don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is or how to create one? Click HERE)
Buy brand name preloved clothes on poshmark and thredup
Buy higher quality items in classic styles and wear them for several seasons instead of buying cheaper, trendier, disposable clothing every few months
Shop around for travel deals using websites like Expedia or Trivago
Use the Gas Buddy app to find the cheapest gas in your area
Order car parts online (Did you know you can buy replacement side mirrors on Amazon??)
Maintain your car to keep it running longer! Make sure to regularly check your air pressure, change your oil, and change your air filters! (Get your air filters on amazon and change them yourself instead of paying the dealership an arm and a leg to do it!)
Shop at stores (like Kroger and Costco) that offer points to use as discounts on gas
Buy an Entertainment book and find coupons for local attractions
Find deals for local events on Groupon
Use Redbox to rent movies and video games
Cancel cable and stream your entertainment with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon using a Firestick, Apple TV, or a Playstation console
Get active and find a local ‘Get Started in Sports’ program near you
Use your local library to check out books instead of buying them at a bookstore or ordering from Amazon
While you’re at the library check out movies instead of seeing them in the theater
Host a Moms’ Night In instead of going out. Play Bunco, host a book club, or a craft night! Need more ideas? Check here.
Buy pre-owned games and game systems at GameStop
Take a Staycation – explore your own town or county and find some hidden gems
Use reusable snack bags Bumkins Reusable Snack Bag Small 2 Pack, Crocs & Turtle (B2)
Shop consignment sales for deals on gently used toys and clothes
Buy discounted gift cards on Raise.com ahead of time if you know you are shopping at certain stores
Buy themed items for next year the day after it happens this year – Halloween costumes, Valentine’s Day cards, Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving place settings
Stop spending too much! Use the Krazy Koupon Lady’s stock up price list!
Go on a cash diet – take your credit and debit cards out of your wallet and replace it with cash – you’ll be less tempted to spend money
Use Earny to get cash back (it scans your email to find receipts and gets your cash back if it finds a cheaper price elsewhere)
Use Snipsnap app to find coupons for in-store and online shopping
Look at Groupon Goods
Watch Amazon’s Lightning Deals feed to snap up big discounts that are only available for a limited time
Schedule “leftover night’ on your weekly meal plan to make sure you use up anything that didn’t get eaten during the week. (Want more help creating a family menu plan? Click here!)
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or Registered Dietitian. The information presented is purely to share my experience and for entertainment purposes. As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities or ideas from this site.