Ever wish your busy family had more time together?
You're not alone.
It's something Michelle & I work on so we can spend more time with the Intern.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as more time.
We get the same 24 hours each day and if we assume sleep & work takes up 18 of those hours, you're only left with 6 hours each work day.
And what happens to all those things we don't find time for during the work week?
Good-bye weekend family time!
So how does one reclaim time when you've got more things to do than time available?
Here's the great thing about money:
You can exchange some of your money for goods and services that make your life easier and free up previously occupied time.
That time can then be spent doing fun things as a family.
Here are a few examples that we implemented that you might find helpful:
Make Your Food Come To You
If you have a child / children and you both work full-time, you're probably spending a couple of your available hours each week navigating trips to Costco, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc.
We were too. Then we switched to Door to Door Organics.
Every Sunday, Michelle assembles our grocery list online. I then add a few extra meat products & generally unhealthy items to balance out our order, and it shows up on our door step the next day.
Convenience, peace of mind, and reclaiming the hours we used to spend going store to store are major benefits that I'm happy to exchange money for.
Become A Better Cook
We like to eat out but eating out can get expensive fast. Especially when you like good food, but are not creative nor do you enjoy cooking.
Enter Sun Basket. You receive exactly the ingredients you need with step by step instructions to prepare 3 to 5 dinners each week.
We've managed to turn something we both did out of necessity into a fun family activity 3 nights a week that the Intern helps out with too. And the food & flavors are still restaurant quality despite our amateur preparation skills.
Eliminate Chores You Don't Like Doing
If you live in a neighborhood full of well manicured lawns and you are not horticulturally inclined (i.e. me), the time and expertise that you lack to maintain your lawn can be exchanged for money. I highly recommend it.
The same goes for our bi-weekly cleaning service. Weekends spent doing fun family activities are much better than weekends spent arguing over who's turns it is to clean toilets. I've also been told it's much cheaper than marriage counseling!
Now let me address the elephant in the room.
Yes, all of these are luxuries that cost money and it would be cheaper to do them yourself.
To be clear, I'm not suggesting these luxuries as basic human rights.
You need to be in a good financial situation to be able to support these luxuries.
But at the end of the day, your time & money is all about trade-offs and how you manage them. And I'm happy to exchange my money for more time with my family.
How about you?
Looking for more time & freedom for your family?