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   Posted 2/21/2010 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Sunday is the day we share ideas on making our lives easier and more enjoyable to live. There's no secret that we are up against many problems that most others aren't but by sharing solutions it does help other members more options to an easier life.

Today let's share ideas on running errands. What tips and tricks do you have to make getting these chores done more easily? Hire someone else to do them? Pay bills online or over the phone instead of in person? Share a ride with a friend or neighbor? Lots of ways we can make this part of life easier...what's yours?

I think the one thing I do that helps me the most is to be very organized about my errands. I'm try to live as cheap as possible, try to be thrifty, so I will make a list of the stops I need to make, which order is the most efficient and the purpose for each stop. Sometimes I prioritize them by how important it is for me to do. If one stop is the fabric store or somewhere for a "fun" item that I don't need right away then it will be at the end of my list. If I get too tired then I don't go but at least I have the most vital stops already done. I'm mentally good for about 3 stops when I go out and most often only make it to two. As long as I know this and keep to my plan then I do fairly well. But if I push it and stop at too many places...well since we can't use the 'P' word, let's just say I'm stupid if I do it. tongue

What tips and tricks do you have to share on getting errands run?
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   Posted 2/21/2010 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
We pay our bills online, which is a big help. Also, if I am too tired to go to the store, then I ask my hubby to go. When I go to the store myself, I always have a list of the things I need. Then, I remember which aisle has which item and I do a big circle, so to speak. That way, I am not walking here and then walking there and wearing myself out by the time I get to the checkout.
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   Posted 2/21/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Our Walmart is about 20 miles from home so we go on Sunday after church and Wednesday after bible study so we don't have to make an extra trip to Leitchfield. 
We pay our bills on line and that is really a big help.  Some of them come out automatically and I just subtract them at the beginning of the month.
After I get home from work I try to pick up and clean a little only on one room a night so when the weekend comes I don't have it all to do at one time.
I still need lots of tips.  I hope we have a big response to this one Chutz.
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   Posted 2/21/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I pay as many bills online as I can. I also make a list of where I need to go when running errands and what route to take to be as efficient as I can and not have to think about where my next stop is while driving. I live in a small town and make many of the same trips over and over so not much to think about. Also do the important stops first and pleasure stops last if I still have the energy.
I also keep an index card with what bills I have each month on top of my calender on my computer table so nothing gets over looked. I'm kinda paranoid these days that I am going to forget to pay a bill.
I have two dogs which is about like having children and I have a little office chair that I roll around the floor on to pick up all their toys when I'm ready to vacuum, this saves a lot of bending over. I also use a little basket to pick things up that go to other rooms to save trips. Every step I take during the day is precious energy spent so I try to use it wisely.
I'm blessed and have a wonderful hubby that does the heavy scrubbing for me in the bathroom and kitchen but that is mostly due to the arthritis in hands but it also saves me a lot of energy. Never thought about how much energy those things use til I got fibro and had no energy. I do some vacuuming of carpets but if the whole house needs to be vacuumed he does it. I do vacuum the hard surface floors in the house but that doesn't take as much energy.
I have a steam mop and a swiffer mop which saves rinsing out a mop constantly, that saves time and energy.
That's about all I can think of at the moment.
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   Posted 2/21/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I write my list according to the store so that I am not going back and forth so much. That makes it easier for me. Also if I am going to more than one place, I write it down so I travel less.

I give myself extra time because I am so slow.

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   Posted 2/21/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I pay as many bills online as possible.  I use to be a big shopper in general and also loved Wal Mart.  But I just get too worn out going through the big stores anymore and just don't really enjoy shopping anymore in general.  I have adopted going to the Dollar General for the things I can get there, the store is small and most things are very accessible so I'm not in there long and don't have to walk too far and their prices are also good.  The remainder of items I have to get I go to one of our local grocery stores and I don't have nearly as much time involved since I've gotten quite a few things already from the Dollar General.  Once or twice a month I will go to one of our Health/Organic stores for a few things.  Majority of the time for clothes (and other items) I try to buy online as well.  I try to conserve as much energy as possible for getting in a bit of exercise at least a few days a week.  I have also been doing a few light house hold chores every evening (if I feel like it) that way I'm not so piled on over the weekend with absolutely everything to do.  If all else fails and I am feeling really bad I will send hubby.

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   Posted 2/21/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
well, over the past few months, i've put my KIDS to work for me. does that count? lol.

also ... I have learned to say 2 important things: "Please help me" and "No, I can't do that". wow ... HARD things to say!!!! but worth it ....

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   Posted 2/21/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
We do all our banking online and whenever I run errands I always try to take someone with me. Usually it's my DH but sometimes I can con my teenage son to come with me. If it's just a small errand my hubby will just go in by himself. Just having someone opening the doors for me saves me some energy lol. I do appreciate the help they give me no matter how insignificant. smile
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   Posted 2/21/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I'm the odd one here.  I write checks to pay my bills.  I'm not comfortable with online banking...too many hackers out there for me.  I make a chart in January (takes me about 15 minutes) for the entire year.  I list all my monthly bills and then check them off when I pay them. 
I'm like Chutz...very organized.  I map out my route when leaving the house.  I never waste gas that way and it's actually quicker.  If I have an appointment of some type, I stop to think if there is a store that is close by that I need to go to.  That kills two birds with one stone.  I can manage to go to five or six places in about 2 1/2 hours that way. 
I always get appointments and do my errands, cleaning, etc. in the morning because I have the most energy.  I plan on being back home or having my chores done before lunch.  Then, that's it for me until I prepare dinner.  I rest or get on the computer during this time.  It's my "me" time.

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   Posted 2/21/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My Wednesday is your version of Sunday as I have it off and work on Sundays. First I start by taking myself out to breakfast....I'm
worth it. Then I meander to Wal-Mart and see if there is anything I can't live without. Then I hit whatever stores that I feel I need
to visit. Pay bills if I need to. Pick up my grandson from school and take him out to supper...we're worth it. Than take him home
and watch movies or play games until one of his parents come to pick him up.
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