April 29, 2018
Do you remember the days when you were a child and you couldn't wait to be an adult so you could make your own decisions? We just couldn't wait to grow up.
But now that we're grown...don't you sometimes wish you could be a kid again? It actually turns out that being an adult can be hard and exhausting. Who would have thought?!
And while adulting can actually be really fun, it does sometimes get a little overwhelming when we try to keep up with all the things we have to keep up with. And while there will always be hard adulting things we simply can't avoid, there are some hacks out there to make things just a little easier (and sometimes cheaper.)
Here are 7 simple hacks for adulting:
1. Dryel Starter Kit - Do you guys know about this?! I just learned about it this week and went out and bought a starter kit today. Dryel is a kit that allows you to effectively dry clean your clothes at home. The kit comes with a stain pen, odor & wrinkle releaser, a patented bag to put your garments in, and 4 cleaning cloths. Each cleaning cloth can dry clean up to 5 garments. So for just $10 you can dry clean 20 pieces of clothing at home. I am so excited to try this as I've been carrying around a bag of dry clean only garments for months. Remembering to take things to the cleaners is hard...
2. Ibotta - I've actually learned to enjoy grocery shopping, but it's taken years to get there. Either way, it's one of those chores that every adult must do, so if you're going to grocery shop, why not get rewarded for it? Ibotta is an app that gives you cash back for every day purchases. You simply check the app for offers before you go to the store, buy those products (obviously stick to products you'd were already planning to buy), and then take a picture of your receipt through the app. The cash is deposited into the app which can easily be transferred to your bank. It works for all major grocery stores, as well as various clothing stores, pharmacies, etc. Shout out to my friend Amy for telling me about this one a long time ago but I forgot about it until recently! :)
3. Crockpot liners - Speaking of food, one of my favorite time and money savers is making crockpot meals. You can make a ton of food for the entire week on the cheap. However...cleaning a crockpot is a real bummer. Thank goodness for crockpot liners! This easy hack makes cleaning up that massive meal super simple and who doesn't want that?
4. Walmart grocery pickup - Okay, let's continue on the food train, because why not? It's true that Walmart has always had incredible prices on all items including groceries. It's also true that actually going to Walmart is the favorite activity of exactly 0% of people. Enter Walmart grocery pick up and literally the smartest thing Walmart has ever done. You can now order groceries online, schedule a same-day pickup, drive your car to the pickup location, and watch as a kind Walmart employee loads your items into your car. All for FREE. No markups on your items or weird fees. As long as you don't mind allowing a stranger to pick out your produce this is an incredible to save time and hassle. And if they're out of the products you requested, they'll throw in similar products and other samples for free. I hear you even get $10 off of your bill the first time you use it. Genius.
5. Shopping at stores with point systems - Shopping at places that have discounts or point systems built into their products is a great way to save that money. I am a loyal Sprouts shopper for food, but often shop at Kroger for things like toiletries and pet care needs. When I use my Kroger card I not only get discounts on certain items, but I also get fuel points which goes a long way when I gas up my car. I've had times where I've saved .50 a gallon with those points. #winning Target also has their Cartwheel app that shows you which products are marked down that week. Again, if you're going to be buying these products anyway, might as well save some $$.
6. Paprika Recipe Manager - Apps like Paprika help you organize recipes, make meal plans, and create shopping lists to accommodate them, making grocery shopping a cinch. And if you're looking for an app that keeps all of the things together in one place, check out Cozi which allows you to share events, appointments, etc with other people. The grocery list is even in real time so you can see whether or not you need to swing by the store on your way home from work because your roommate forgot to pick up the butter for the cookies you guys are making for a party. Priorities, people.
7. Vinegar + water cleaner - Cleaning products can derail a budget really quickly if you're not anticipating the need to buy them. However, you can whip up an easy and inexpensive (and green) multi-purpose cleaner by adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of water in a spray bottle and voila! Easy and effective cleaner on the cheap. You can add your favorite smelling essential oil to that to make it smell less vinegar-y as well. Don't know anyone that sells essential oils? Hit me up - I know a girl ;)
What other hacks or tricks do you have for making adulting a little more bearable?