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fast-foodDo you need to try to set the new Guiness World Record for most McDonald’s Apple Pies in 1 minute? Not really, you can still enjoy your food normally and still get a bit of your time back.

Most individuals receive a 30 minute or 1 hour lunch during the course of a workday. This can easily be eaten up in the commute to a restaurant or while waiting for food to arrive.

Select locations that are close to where you work or with relatively fast preparation times (like fast food restaurants).

Another way to save time and possibly some money is to pack a lunch from home. Not exactly glamorous to brownbag it, but when you have an extra 15-45 minutes for your lunch break, you can find other activities to enjoy besides eating

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healthy-snackI am a very busy person during week days and find it very difficult to sit to eat either breakfast or lunch. But I’m also a person with a healthy appetite, so if I go without eating I end up with a headache or feel very grouchy.

To solve this problem I’ve started to buy certain food staples in bulk and to parcel out small amounts of food for my breakfasts and lunches. I bring these with me in my briefcase and munch all day long (as long as I’m not in a meeting).

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housecleaningEffective time management can help busy moms to keep time under control.

First of all, moms should keep a list handy and should jot down important things as they come to mind. This will save you time, frustration and needless trips for forgotten items. Secondly, you should plan meals for the upcoming week beforehand. You should shop in bulk and keep a good stock of grocery items in order to save time and money. You should prepare enough food for several meals and store them in freezer bags. Next time, whenever you feel pressed for time, you will need to simply heat the food and serve it.

Doing a little bit of cleaning each day will save you much time. It will help you to keep your house clean and uncluttered every morning. You should not let the housework pile up otherwise you will have to spend an entire week-end catching up on it and it will also lead to stress and strain. Children should be given various chores depending on their age and abilities. This way, besides getting help, moms can teach children to be responsible.

These tips will definitely help moms to enjoy more family time.

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lunch-bagMy favorite time saving tip is to take premade lunches to work instead of purchasing my meal. I have found this makes me be more productive during the day, and I eat more healthy as well.

The first step is to create a shopping list for the week. Purchase all of the items you will need for the week.

The next step is to make the menu. When making your menu, think about what ingredients you need to use sooner so you do not lose any to spoiling. Read the rest of this entry »

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food-prep1My favorite time saving tip is to prepare most of my meals and snacks ahead of time. I grocery shop early in the morning on Saturdays. As soon as I get home, I start preparing most of the food my family will consume during the rest of the week.

I use a whole box of mix and freeze pancakes in individual stacks of three. I cut carrot and celery sticks and package them with small cups (available at any party supply store) of peanut butter and cream cheese. Read the rest of this entry »

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crockpotA big time saver when it comes to cooking meals is using a crock pot. After working all day, no one really wants to fix a meal from scratch and frozen alternatives are often not the healthiest choices.

If you put 2-4 chicken breasts in a crock pot set on low, along with some carrots and potatoes and a little water or broth, you can come home to a nice, home cooked meal seasoned the way you like. You’ll also have leftovers for the next night, or lunch the next day.

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cook_pasta1My favorite tip for saving time with preparing and cooking meals is to cook ahead. I work full time and the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is think about what we will have for dinner. So now I cook a whole week’s worth of dinners in one day!

On Fridays I write out a menu for the week, and grocery shop. Then on Saturdays I get cooking! I make five different dishes and usually make enough so that there will be leftovers for my husband to take to work the next day. Then I freeze them. Read the rest of this entry »

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family-cooking1My favorite way to save time is to cook for several meals at once. Granted that this only works for people who enjoys to cook, cooking a large amount of food and then separating it into two or three meals will save you hours of cooking time.

You can feed yourself several meals if you simply cook more. The effort required to cook more is minimal. All you need to do is scale it by adding more of everything. Add more pasta, more rice, more chicken. When you’re done with everything, simply put excess food into Gladware containers and organize it into next meal.

Imagine the time you save by not having to prepare, marinate, fry, and wash everyday single day. Washing alone is reason enough for me to cook fewer times but with more food. Think how it would be to have a home-cooked meal ready for you simply because you took the time to put more pasta into the boiling water the night before. All you would need to do is to throw it into the microwave and food will be ready.

Cooking also saves money by not having to eat out. It is also way healthier than eating all that junk from fast-food restaurants.

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