Let’s imagine for a moment. You have a magic clock which allows you to buy time. You can use that time for anything you wish. Sleep more. Play with your kids. Have dinner with your friends. Read a book. Spend time with someone special. Anything.
How would just a few hours a week improve your life this busy season? How much would that extra time be worth to you?
You won’t find a magic clock, but I can show you the next best thing. It’s not only possible, but incredibly simple to buy literally back your free time.
Outsource Your Life
I used to think hiring someone to clean my home or wash my clothes was a luxury. I’m not rich. I have student loans to pay! How could I “waste” money on such things?
Then I tried it. I made busy season just a little less busy. I’m happier, and healthier. And it’s some of the best money I ever spent.
Some friends still ask how I can afford it. I always answer that question with my own, “How much would you pay to spend an extra hour playing with your kids? Or reading a novel? Or with your significant other?”
Does $10-15/hour sound fair? Because that’s about what it costs to buy one hour of your time. To me it would be a bargain at twice the price.
Getting Started Is Easy
I’m all about actionable advice. So here’s a few simple ways to buy back your time and make busy season a little better this year.
- Wash & Fold Laundry – Call you local laundromat or dry cleaners and ask if they offer “wash & fold” service. You’ll never fold laundry again. Cost: $1-2/lb.
- Amazon recurring shipments – Skip the store and schedule deliveries of the stuff you use most. Buy diapers, toiletries, or non-perishable food items on autopilot. Plus, you get a discount for using the service. A few items I’m buying this year are Snack sized almonds, Breakfast bars, and Coffee. Price: Free.
- Groceries – Even in busy season, you gotta eat. But grocery shopping takes time. And it’s a hassle. Get groceries delivered right to your door instead. Peapod has been around for a while, and newcomer Instacart is making a splash by going to any store in your area to pick up exactly what you want. Price: Price of groceries plus a small service fee or tip.