We all need mom hacks. There’s just too much to do and so little time!
So this week, I thought I’d round up some of my personal favorite mom hacks, in hopes that you’ll get a bit more time (and sanity) back in your life.
And please, feel free to share your own mom hacks in the comments below!
Grocery Delivery with Instacart
Instacart is a grocery delivery app that you can use to get groceries from places like Safeway, Albertson’s, Fry’s and even Whole Foods, Costco and Total Wine & More.
Instacart is a game changer!! This has to be one of my favorite mom hacks of all time. I use it on a weekly basis and have saved SO much time and money ever since doing so!
Going to the grocery store with kids isn’t easy. And it’s time consuming! Yes, the prices are slightly different, but I do these two things.
- Pay attention to pricing. If it’s a few cents/dollar more I’ll get it. If it’s double the price I won’t.
- Take advantage of specials: They constantly have promos for free delivery so it’d easy to get!
There’s also an annual membership option, which I think is well worth it if you’re going to use it frequently.
I personally use Instacart for smaller hauls like milk, eggs, strawberries, etc. Once you start using the app on the regular, you’ll see “Your Items’ which makes it really easy to just add to cart.
Yes, the prices are slightly higher than the grocery store. But remember, your time is money. And secondly, I actually feel like I end up saving quite a bit because I’m shopping on an app so I stick to the list. I mean, how often do you really walk into the grocery store and only buy the things on your list? I dunno about you but I’m constantly tempted to buy about twice as much as I originally went in for! I end up saving time and money, which is why this is my favorite mom hack.
Prepping Snacks for the Kids
I am not a meal prep kind of a person. I find it is SO much work. And annoying. And I don’t like to eat the same thing over and over again.
But I do prep a few things in advance, mainly kid snacks. This is easy to do on a Sunday: cut up strawberries, veggies, fruit, whatever and put them in bags.
The only other meal prepping I do is I will try and make some chicken breast during the beginning of the week. It’s nice to have on hand for a quick salad, pasta or the kids lunch. My favorite method for cooking chicken breast is from Gimme Some Oven. It always comes out juicy!
To cook perfect chicken breast:
- Brine the chicken in salt water for 15 minutes
- Pat dry
- Season the chicken; rub in olive oil or butter
- Bake for 15-18 minutes at 450 degrees (uncovered)
Getting Essentials Auto-Delivered
I’ve experimented quite a bit with Amazon auto delivery and have had to make adjustments but for now, what’s working out perfectly is essentials. I get:
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
- Laundry detergent
Delivered on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. These are basically items I NEVER want to be without, so even if we still have some, a shipment is always welcome.
Plus, you get a discount when you subscribe and schedule delivery more than a few items at once. Try Prime here at a discount rate and never be without T.P. again!
Get a Good Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is another game changer. My hair needs to be washed every other day, but my lifestyle disagrees! So getting a great dry shampoo is definitely a top mom hack.
TIP: Spray your hair with dry shampoo before bed, not the morning of! It’ll soak up the grease overnight and your hair will wake up refreshed. Plus, the residue gets absorbed, no white streaks!
Create a Restaurant Entertainment Kit
The Target $1 Spot is my jam; I regularly pop by and grab random little things for the kids to stockpile for their “restaurant kit”. This is basically a little backpack I keep in the car with brand new things to entertain them while we are out.
You can easily assemble your own! And it’s so easy to randomly pick up and add new items to it, and so inexpensive.
Never Be Without Diapers
Speaking of the car, keep a diaper kit in there, too. My changing pad is always packed but just in case, I always keep several diapers and wipes in the back of the car. This may be one of the easiest mom hacks but trust me, this comes in handy!
Create a Missing Sock Basket
The missing socks situation is definitely a pet peeve of mine. I feel like I am constantly buying new socks or searching for missing pairs!
To solve this, I have a little basket off to the side where the missing pairs go until its partner reappears. It helps keep clutter out of the way and saves sanity.
What are some of your favorite mom hacks? Let me know in the comments below!