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  • Buy greeting cards in bulk! Make one main trip per year and buy a birthday card for each family member & close friend, plus a couple new baby, sympathy, get well cards. Add 3 or 4 thank you cards. Last but not least, get a few blank cards, too. Store them in a special file folder or storage container near your address book.

    by Diane on 23rd September 2008
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  • Each day when I get home from work, I immediately take care of all the details that need to be dispensed with for the next day. I check my son's homework, make his lunch for the next day and put it in the refrigerator, make sure my daughter's bag is packed for daycare, and make sure my bag is packed for work the next day. Once that's out of the way, I can relax, cook dinner with my son, and enjoy the time with my family without worrying about what needs to be done for the next day.

    by DSMom on 11th May 2009
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  • Routine is my lifesaver. When school starts, my eldest goes back to college, my (disabled) teen starts high school, and I go back into the classroom, too. We depend on routine to keep us sane and get everything done. Morning routine: creakfast (together), then teen on the bus, then straight to school for me. This extra morning time built into my routine is another lifesaver; it allows me to leave right after school.

    by Daisy on 7th July 2008
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  • Join a Babysitting Coop! This gives a whole network of moms a resource of babysitting at no charge which enables us to have a night out with husband, friends, or simply alone to relax and recoop.

    by dhanyata on 21st July 2008
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  • I spent $300 on a little freezer so I could cook our favorite casseroles ahead of time and freeze them! I also am now able to buy more meat and poultry when I find it on sale.

    by JenX on 7th July 2008
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  • Okay, so, I hate cleaning the bathroom but with a potty training kid it has to be done frequently. Now I keep a spray bottle of pepperminty cleaner and a box of baby wipes under the sink; when I'm bathing the kids, I grab a wipe and spray down the sink and counter, wipe, and throw away. I repeat with the toilet area. It takes 2 minutes, I'm in the bathroom anyway, the peppermint makes it smell good, and the wipes are cheaper than "special" cleaning wipes. Win!

    by SisterWisdom.com on 27th June 2009
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  • I made a 2009 resolution to keep my kitchen island free of clutter. I am not a neat freak by design, so this was a huge challenge. However, 11 months later, I'm happy to report that having this one space free of clutter 99% of the time has helped reduced stress levels. Now onto the next clutter free space for 2010!

    by mother's den on 10th November 2009
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  • Just say no. If you're not sure about the question, whether it's a commitment, a new activity, a request for help, an expense... if you have that little nagging feeling of uncertainty, just say no. Wait. You can always change your mind and say yes later, but once you've committed it's hard to undo. I've been saved many a mistake by saying no, stepping back, and considering.

    by SisterWisdom.com on 9th June 2009
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  • In addition to my weekly meal schedule (on a wipe off board that hangs on my fridge), I also have a leftovers board on the fridge. Whenever we have something left over, we put it in the fridge, then we write what it is and the date we had it on the wipe board. When we need something for lunch, we can look at the board and see what's in there that is still good (less than 4 days old at our house). It cuts down on the disagreeing about when we had something and it's easier to read a list than attempt to look at containers and figure out the contents. And it's a reminder that there are leftovers in there which get them eaten which means we're wasting less food!

    by Jenni on 10th July 2008
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