Okay, we're all crunched for time. Between family life, friends, work, and outside activities, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get it all in! Well, we can't pad the clock and put more time into each day, but we can help you get more done in 24 hours. Small acts that save a few minutes each can add up to hours of free time every month. Try some of these tips and tricks and recover some precious time to do more of what you need to do, or more importantly, more of what you want to do!

Put an ice cube tray to use

Something as simple as an ice cube tray can be a great time-saving device. Take a moment to squeeze the juice from lemons and limes into an ice cube tray. Once those cubes are frozen, stash the cubes in a plastic zippered freezer bag. The next time you have a recipe that calls for fresh lemon or lime juice, tap into your supply of citrus-cubes. One cube equals about one tablespoon of juice. You can also use those trays to store fresh herbs. Fill each pocket with chopped leaves from the herb you wish to preserve. Add light olive oil and then freeze. Pop those cubes out into a freezer bag until you're ready to use them.

Pay your bills online

Come on, now: Are you still writing out checks every month? Do yourself a huge favor and make use of modern technology to save hours every year! Setting up your online payments is a one-time process that will yield plenty of free time, while relieving you of the burden of performing this task monthly.

Whether you schedule auto-payments, or you set aside time each month to do so manually, paying your bills online will turn out to be a huge time saver. Even better, you'll save money on reducing the number of stamps you use each month. Once you make the switch to online bill paying, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it before.

Set up regular delivery service

As consumers, there are many items we purchase on a regular basis. Think of the enormous amount of time you would save if you had these items delivered right to your home! From coffee-pods and water bottles to paper towels, toilet paper, and laundry detergent, setting up a regular delivery schedule of these items with Watchung Beverage Delivery keeps you well stocked in your staple products. Home delivery will reduce many of the last-minute and time-consuming trips to the supermarket every month.

Shop online

Many of today's grocery stores offer an "at-home" shopping option. Pop onto their web sites and load up your virtual cart while sitting in the comfort of your own living room. You can elect to pick your bagged and ready-to-go groceries at the store or have them delivered too you.

Make a meal plan

Set aside time on the weekend to plan your meals for the week. Take stock of what you already have in the house and what you'll need to buy, then make your shopping list. You can prep elements of your meals ahead of time and store them until you're ready to use them. Prepare meals – like a good homemade lasagna – up until the last step, and then freeze until you're ready to eat it.

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