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Outsourcing Chores: 5 Household Tasks You Can Outsource

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There’s never enough time in the day to do everything you need or want to do. With never-ending bills to contend with — taking a long-term sabbatical from your job isn’t an option. But spending quality and leisure time with your family, friends, and yourself is important, too. Nurturing your mental health and relationships depends on being able to prioritize time and money.

When keeping your home, work, and life balance in check, you have choices. Here are five home services that allow you to outsource your chores if you want more time to enjoy life.

1. Grocery Shopping

We all have to eat, and it’s cheaper to eat at home than to order or go out for every meal. How much you spend, depends on where you live. The average family in Dallas spends about $285 a month on groceries. In Seattle, that figure jumps to $500 a month. Surprisingly, more than 50 percent of the items we put in our cart, are impulse buys. Grocery stores do their best to entice you into spending more by strategically placing things you really don’t need next to the things you do.

Grocery delivery services can help you curb the spending urge, by doing the shopping for you and bringing your bags right to the curb. Even better?  Most grocers have delivery services now, or you can buy items through companies that handle multiple stores. This is one of those rare occasions where outsourcing chores can save you time and money.

On average, shopping for food and other household products takes about 2 to 3 hours per week, not including the $2 you spend on gas, and the wear and tear on your vehicle. If your local grocery store is more than a couple of miles away, you lose time in transit. Don’t forget about the time you waste in those long check-out lines!

But having your groceries delivered will cost you. Walmart charges $12.95 a month, or $98 a year for the service. A more economical option is free Grocery pickup from supermarkets like Kroger. Giant food charges $7.95 each trip but will drop the fee by a dollar if you spend more than $100. The savings on impulse buys and time can make this service well worth the money.

2. Lawn Care and Outdoor Services

Mowing, weeding, edging, aerating, and fertilizing the lawn in spring and summer means that your weekends days are pretty much shot. If you have large trees on your property, you’ve got to find the time to rake or blow falling leaves in October and November. These projects can take up all your free time — time you need to relax and recharge your batteries to get ready for the workweek.

According to data from LawnStarter, lawn mowing will cost you about $40 per service, and optional additional services will run an extra $100-300 per year on average. Sure, this is a case where outsourcing chores is an addition to your monthly expenses, but the benefits are immeasurable.

3. Laundry and Cleaning

You’ve been cleaning your home and doing laundry for years, and it may seem that four or five hours a week is no big deal. But if you’re on the go all the time or want to spend more time with friends, family, and hobbies, it’s worth it to hire a person or service for these chores. Laundry services will charge you from $0.90 to $3.00 a pound to wash, dry, fold, or hang your clothes and deliver them directly to you.

Cleaning companies can save you time, of course. But the average cost for services is $167, even more, if you have a bigger home, or make bigger messes. Still, hiring professional cleaners reduces your daily stress, especially if work and other obligations take precedence. The regular cost of a cleaning service can add up quickly, so try to budget the cost on an annual basis. Always make sure to do the math before outsourcing chores.

4. Pet Care

You love your pets — they’re part of the family! Cats do OK on their own, but dogs need to go outside to “do their business,” and get some fresh air. When you’re working long hours or must go out of town, the care and safety of your pets is a priority.

If you don’t have a trustworthy neighbor to help look after your furry family members, a pet hotel or doggie daycare solves the problem. That will cost you anywhere from $12 to $38 a day. You also need to factor in the time it takes you to drop off and pick up your pup. You can save money and time by hiring a dog walker to come over once a day. The pricetag? About $20 for a 15 to 20-minute walk.

5. Home Maintenance

The annual cost of maintaining a home varies based on where you live. But owning a house means there’s always something that needs doing. Cleaning gutters, painting the shutters, changing furnace filters, and home repairs can take up much of your day. Do-it-yourselfers don’t mind these tasks, but pruning trees, cleaning the pool, sealing windows, and basic home maintenance can be too time-consuming. Sometimes the biggest challenge is finding a good handyman! They’re worth the $60 to $65 an hour they charge.

Monthly budgets can be difficult to stick to, but when it comes to outsourcing chores, it’s worth adding them to the expense sheet. Remember, life is short. Spend time with loved ones and leave the dreaded tasks, including bill-paying to the professionals!

Sheila Williams runs a successful fitness training business in Miami. She prides herself on keeping her costs low and passing those savings onto her clients. While she works hard at the gym, she outsources all of her home chores.

Author: Sheila Williams

5 Benefits of Laundry Pickup & Delivery Service

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One of the greatest time and money saving conveniences a big city has to offer is laundry pickup service. New York City’s favorite dry cleaning and tailoring experts explain why having your clothes picked up at your home to be laundered and dry cleaned provides incredible value to those who are always on the go.

5 Benefits of Using a Laundry Pickup & Delivery Service

1. Convenience

First and foremost, the top benefit of laundry pickup service is convenience. Your dirty clothes will be picked up at a time of your choosing and returned to you sparkling clean. There is no more efficient way to have your clothes and bedding washed or dry cleaned.

2. Big Savings

Without a need to do laundry at home, your housing will be much less expensive and more spacious than homes with bulky washer and dryers. The money you’ll spend on laundry delivery doesn’t compare to the expense of having an in-home washer and dryer, especially when utilities are considered.

3. Unbeatable Results

You simply can’t do your laundry as well as professionals who own the right equipment, hire highly trained staff, and have decades of experience. A home washer and dryer will not perform as well as commercial machines, and the professional performance of a laundry pickup service can’t be beaten.

4. More Free Time

In a busy city, your time is your most precious commodity. Instead of spending it in transit to a laundry and dry-cleaning service, use your time more productively and let the professionals come to you.

5. One-Stop Shopping

No need to drop your clothes off at different places to be laundered, dry cleaned, or altered. A full-service laundry pickup service can perform all three tasks, eliminating the need for multiple vendors.



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