We live in a modern, on-demand world. You can do everything from getting someone to pick up and do your laundry on-demand to having door-to-door trash removal. What’s great about a lot of the most convenient outsourcing and delivery services is that the prices are relatively affordable compared to the past.
If you’re a busy mom, choosing what to outsource can be a big decision, particularly if your budget is tight, but you still want to have more time to spend with your kids and doing things you love.
The following are some ways you can make your life easier by outsourcing tasks and receiving deliveries. You can spend less time on the logistics of life, and more time doing the things that bring you value.
Air Filter Subscription Service
This might seem funny, but think about how often you actually change your air filters. Probably not much, right?
If you sign up for an air filter subscription service, it’s convenient, but there’s more to it than that. It’ll remind you to change your filters, which can help your kids if they have allergies. Also, if you replace your air filters, it can lower your energy bill because dirty air filters aren’t as efficient as clean ones.
Different services are geared specifically toward shipping air filters on a subscription basis. Another option is to sign up for Amazon’s subscribe and save where you can get new filters sent to you regularly and automatically.
Subscribe & Save From Amazon
Speaking of Subscribe & Save, it’s a great service not just for air filters. You can log on and create a list of your household essentials that you use the most of each month. This can include everything from diapers to coffee. You can then get them shipped to you on whatever basis you choose.
It saves you a trip to the store, it’s probably going to save you money because you won’t be spending on impulse purchases, and it’s effortless. Put your supply shopping on auto-pilot.
There’s also something called Amazon Family. Amazon Family lets you sign for the program, and then you get discounts and other helpful things. For example, signing up for Amazon Family will get you 20 percent off things like baby food and diapers.
Outsource the Laundry
We mentioned the idea of outsourcing laundry above, and it’s a good one. A lot of moms are washing multiple loads of laundry every day.
Consider hiring a laundry service. You can hire a company but a lot of individuals offer their services as well, and this may be cheaper. Some laundry services will charge by the pound and others by the load. You can get as much as little done as you want, depending on how much you want to spend.
The idea of spending hours in the grocery shop each week is not appealing for too many busy moms. Unless you love wandering the aisles of your local supermarket, consider either online grocery ordering where you then go and pick up items, or you can do delivery to your home.
Both work well, and both usually cost around $5 in terms of the service fee. With delivery to your home, you do typically tip the person who brings your groceries.
Grocery ordering is good because it can help you stay organized with your list and avoid buying things you don’t need when you’re in the store. Of course, it’s also a huge time-saver because you can sit in your car and wait for someone to bring your groceries out to you.
Even more convenient is grocery delivery. If you live in an area where this is available, consider taking advantage of it. It’s often worth the few extra dollars to avoid going to the store altogether.
Party in a Box
Finally, planning a themed party for your kids (or yourself) is stressful and overwhelming. So why not let someone else do the planning for you?
There is a service called Little Miss Party in a Box that offers themed party supplies shipped directly to you.
Let’s say you pick one of their current offerings—“Mermaid Party in a Box.” For $89 this kit includes tableware and décor for a party with eight people. It includes glitter crowns, seashell plates, and food toppers. There are even pink lanterns included, birthday candles and all those cute little items that you might otherwise spend hours running around town to pick up.