School is back in session, and that means everyone’s schedules are back to crazy. To help you stay sane, I thought I’d share a few of my best time-saving tips. These won’t cost you any extra money, but they will save you a bunch of time and trips to the store.
Stock Up on Poster Board
I used to run to the store for poster board every time one of my kids had a project. And. that. got. old. quick. Now, I just buy a big stack of the stuff once a year, and we’re all set. (Target puts it on clearance in the summer).
Stock Up on Field Trip Lunch Supplies
We use a no-waste lunchbox system for our everyday lunches, but that doesn’t work for field trips. They have to have throw-away stuff for that. I keep a stash of juice boxes, bottled water and paper bags on hand, so I don’t have to make a special trip to the store the night before. Buying ahead also allows me to take advantage of sales and coupons. Cuz paying retail? That makes me a grouchy Mom.
Create Activity Totes
Having to hunt for sports equipment, scout uniforms, sheet music, fill in the blank when you’re already struggling to get everyone out the door on time is the ultimate in lame. I solved this problem by creating a tote for each activity. Now, they just grab the right tote on their way out.
Pre-print Permission Slips
Both of my girls are in scouts, and over the years, I’ve printed many a last-minute permission slip. I finally got smart last year, and started printing a big stack of them at the beginning of the year. Since the forms are editable, I fill in all of our contact and medical information before I hit print. Now, all I have to do is write in the trip details and sign.
Do you have a time-saving tip that helps you manage your family’s busy schedule? I’d love to hear it.