planningTime saving is something that every one is interested in, and believe it or not with simple planning ahead you can save more time than you imagined. I know that not everyone is into planning or making lists, however if you do both of these not only will you save time you will also save money.

I plan all of my meals for the week ahead of time, make a list for the grocery store in the order of the store layout and sort my coupons the same way. This helps me to spend less time in the grocery store and results in me not purchasing things I do not need. Planning my meals also saves time every night when I am preparing them, I do not have to think about what I am going to cook, as it has already been planned out, all I need to do is to get the items together that I need in order to make the meal.
I also make extras of meals that are freezable, make a double serving of things like Baked Ziti, Spaghetti sauce etc. I then freeze the second batch and when it is time to have that item again all I have to do is remove it from the freezer and pop it in the oven. I just saved myself on average an hours time in preperation.

Planning my events for the week also helps me in saving time, if I know that I am going to be taking the children to the zoo on Friday, then I have all week to get the things I need together for the trip so that I am not scrambling on Friday morning.

In my opinion planning ahead is the best way to save time in everything you do, it prevents you from having to guess what you are going to do and spend time thinking about your options at the last minute. This does not mean that things will not happen to put a damper on your plans, for example if it rains and you planned to go to the Zoo. I have simply gone to the aquarium or childrens museum instead. Have an idea of a back up activity to do.

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