First things first, while Dollar Shave Club inspired me to write this post, all opinions are my own and zero things or dollars were received by me. The reason I wanted to write it is because we actually use and love DSC in our house.
My life is not as hectic as some, but still - in this day and age we all want to fit more in a day, and there are so many ways to do that.
1. Bust out the straightener rather than the iron.
My straightener heats up in .2 seconds and my iron is like, on the other side of the house. So if I have some wrinkles I use my straightener. This doesn't work on everything, but hey. It works for me.
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2. Get your shit together the night before.
Clothes, gym stuff, lunch, whatever. Get it all sorted the night before. I forget to do this a lot, and it always slows me down and makes me curse the world in the morning.
3. Audio Books
I love to read, like a lot. Some books need to be read, and other books are so fabulous to listen to. I know it's not for everyone, but I love listening to audio books while I am running because I am not focusing on how fast I am going or the distance, it's just like I'm curled up with a good book except I'm in motion and almost dying. I also love listening to them in the car, or whilst cleaning or cooking. KC listens to podcasts.
4. Makeup wipes.
Yeah sometimes I'm that girl. It's just so much faster than washing my face. I know, ew. I don't do it that often, but sometimes I do...
5. Coordinate your workouts to save shower / hair washing time.
Ok, hear me out. Normally I coordinate my working out to work with my hair washing. Am I the only one? Say I go for a run on Monday morning, I wash my hair afterwards and before work. Then I have fresh hair for Monday, and second day hair for Tuesday because I do not work out in the morning, but in the evening. Then I go to sleep with gross-ish hair, and work out Wednesday morning and repeat the whole process. Sometimes, I work out Wednesday morning and don't wash my hair, but then that is a 'sock bun / dry shampoo for days' kinda hair day. I try not to shower morning and night because that's not my jam, but sometimes it can't be helped. And I always like fresh clean hair for special occasions, so that screws my whole routine up, but it really helps during the week. Extra 10 minutes or so of sleep.
6. Do things together / split chores.
Unless you don't have a together person, then you should ignore this. I love cleaning and dislike doing yard work. KC likes yard work (well.. kinda) and dislikes cleaning. But we do things together. I mow while he does the weed eating, he vacuums while I clean the bathrooms. It seems to go faster when we are working together, and it helps that one person is not being lazy while the other is working their booty off.
7. Shop online
aka Amazon for the win! Prime is the best thing that ever happened to me, thank you old colleague who said I was your cousin so I could get free 2 day shipping. Waiting 2 days blows, but it's better than 5-7 business days or worse having to actually go to the store for stuff. Boo. Also, sometimes I can't find things in stores, and have more luck online (flaxseed, chia seeds, gluten free stuff, aussie stuff).
8. To do lists!
I love lists (if you couldn't tell) and one of my favourite things to do when I have so.much.to.do. is write all of the things down so I can tick them off and feel accomplished. It also helps remind me what I need to do, because I have a memory like a sieve.
9. The Daily Skimm.
Steph recommended The Skimm to someone else in a comment and I immediately signed up. I am really bad with keeping up with news and whatnot, and it makes me feel like a terrible human being. I get an email each day and I can catch up in just a few minutes, and not feel like a clueless idiot. If I want to know more, I just google.
10. Dollar Shave Club.
I mean, duh. Point of the post, y'all. But how does Dollar Shave Club save you time? Well, you don't have to go to the store. Bonus. For me, I always forget how many razors I had (I used disposable) and would always run out when I really, really, really needed to shave my underarms RIGHTNOW so I had to go to the store. But KC? He used to shave like old school. I am not making this up. With a little brushy thing, some pastey thing, honestly, I didn't pay attention, I just knew if he was going to shave he would be in the bathroom for at least an hour and a half which was super annoying when we only had one bathroom (love ya honey).
He mentioned DSC to me, and I was like sure whatever, but he never did it. Then his birthday (or was it Christmas?) rolled around and as usual, I had no idea what to get him - then I remembered the razors, and which ones he wanted (the $6 monthly ones) and voila 'best birthday present EVER' -his words ladies, I do not make this stuff up. Ok, KC is easily pleased with socks or steam gift cards, but really, he loved his new monthly razors, mainly because now it only takes him like 10 minutes to shave, and we now have 2 bathrooms.
I'm all about saving money. Who isn't?
1. Get rid of cable.
Well KC and I have never had cable, but we have considered it many times. Eventually we were just like, screw it. Not worth it. Sure I want HGTV but I can survive. I never had it growing up, and he did. We do have Netflix but we don't use it as much as other people, though it's a fabulous idea and much better than cable. If you love cable, keep it, but if you don't watch it, seriously - kick it to the curb. It's like the first list on every single 'save money' list - so how is cable even still a thing? If everyone got rid of it, maybe they would lower their prices... But don't get rid of the internet. That is a basic human right.
2. Skip the froofroo coffees.
I don't drink coffee so this one doesn't really apply to me. Except I love love LOVE Starbucks frappuwhatsits with extra whipped cream please. They are $5 each, with a complimentary 'why are you buying a non coffee drink at a coffee shop' glare that I so appreciate. But if I get this just once a week, it's over $20 a month and $260 a year. Yowzers. I could buy 2 pairs of Hunters for that.
3. Trick the online websites.
Ahem. Trick who? Have you ever put something in your cart and then said 'hells no' when you saw the price of shipping? 9 times out of 10, when you close the page without checking out, the company will send you an email saying 'hey you forgot us!' that normally includes a discount code. Holla! also, I made that statistic up, but it has happened to me before.
4. Meal planning + bring your own lunch.
I suck at meal planning the way the pinteresters do it, but I at least have an idea of what is in our fridge and pantry all the time, and I always have an idea of whats for dinner, even if its just cereal or PB on toast. I am really bad at eating out for lunch because Jimmy Johns always sounds so much better than whatever I brought, but again - if I got JJs once a week, it's over $40 a month and $520 a year. WTF.
5. Write a shopping list before you go - and don't go hungry!
You are probably rolling your eyes at this, and I don't blame you. We've all seen it a thousand times, but how many times have we listened? Myself? Probably about 10 times. When I go shopping hungry, I buy more. Especially junk. If I don't write a list, I assume I need everything, which means I buy everything, and waste more than half of it.
6. Just don't walk down the aisle.
Ha - not that aisle (although you will save ALL the money if you avoid that one). The junk aisles. The aisles that have shit you don't need. Don't do it. KC and I normally stick to the outer parts of the grocery store, sometimes going down to get cereal or bread. I don't go down the cereal aisle, because my sneaky grocery store puts them in the same aisle as candy. RUDE.
7. Buy frozen fruit.
Random, but hear me out. I suck at getting all my fruit + veg daily. I suck even more at eating produce before it goes bad, so I love frozen fruit, and I use them in smoothies. A bag of frozen berries is like $10 and while that's a kick in the pants, it lasts longer than fresh and if it means I'm not wasting the fresh stuff, I see that as money saved, er I mean shaved.
8. Buy used.
Clothes, books, furniture. We were not well off growing up, so I never knew any different. Most things we got were secondhand, and I love 'op shopping' as mum and I called it. I love thriftbooks for used books, and I use eBay and poshmark to search for certain clothing items. Craigslist kinda sucks in my neck of the woods, but I have gotten some fun things off it, as well as Peddlers Mall or yard sales.
9. Sell your stuff.
I am all about donating clothes and stuff to goodwill, but first I try and sell anything and everything on eBay. And the rule is the money you get from selling is free money to buy whatever you want with, and not share with your husband.
10. Dollar Shave Club.
Wait, dollar shave club saves money as well? Awesome sauce. Here's the thing. Before, when KC was doing the old school stuff, he had fancy blades and fancy face stuff and it cost fancy dollars. I was buying a ton of disposables because I rarely used them more than once. Soon, KC had like 75 razors from DSC and I started using them as well (we use separate ones!) so we were both saving money. But they started to pile up and we have thousands of them, and DSC has the option to do 'every other month' which we eagerly changed our subscription to. I couldn't tell you how often KC shaves, like once every week or so? But if you or your man needs to shave more often than that, you wouldn't need to do the every other month, but it's a great option and saves us $6 a month. Boom.
Really you guys, we have used DSC for over a year and KC loves it. If you are stuck with gift ideas, this is seriously brilliant. Also, you can use them yourself. Winning. If you don't think DSC is worth it, read this here.
What are your tips for shaving time and money?