Five Best Working Mom Resources
I have never been known for my organization skills.
I have to say I’ve been a LOT better this year because I made it my mission to become more organized, and stop forgetting things like school events that are mandatory for the kids to attend (yep, done that many times) …or…forgetting to pay bills and having the electric shut-off (yep, done that many times too).
My organization skills are improving, but I’m trying to also be more efficient and knowledgeable. Nothing sets up a joke like a blond not knowing the answer to a question.
I made it a priority to use my calendar this year…it’s been a life changer…who’d a thunk it? It’s crazy how much more I can get accomplished when I’m not forgetting so many things.
There are SO many resources I use, but I have five that I could NOT live without. I mean, without them I would be sitting under my desk, sucking my thumb, and babbling incoherently.
I love, love, love thrift shops. My mom and I used to plan a Saturday where we would just tour thrift shops throughout the county…I was in heaven, however, as both of our lives got hectic, we stopped our outings.
A few years later I was reading a Mommy blog and the blogger mentioned thredUP. I was curious, so I went on the site…OMG!! It’s an online thrift store with brand name, really good-condition clothes, shoes, and accessories. If you haven’t gone…go…right now!! You will become addicted!
If you click HERE, we both get $10 to spend.
I am horrible at saving. I have read dozens (probably hundreds) of articles that say you must have three to six months of your salary as an emergency fund.
I don’t have one week of my salary for an emergency fund.
I’ve read dozens of articles that say you need to invest for your future. How can I invest in my future if I don’t even have enough for an emergency fund?
So, after reading another Mommy blog (I’m starting to see a trend), I found the Stash app on my iPhone (they also have it on Google Play). With Stash, you can put in as little as $5 a week, and it’s automatically deducted. Even I can spare $5 a week!
You have different choices for the investments, and there is a LOT of information. It’s awesome!!
I missed out on a whole lot of savings and perks because the store cards I signed up for were floating in the black hole of my purse. Sorry…I’m not going to hold the line up for an hour while I search for the card. My husband found this app when we first signed up with Planet Fitness. OMG…so much easier!!
I downloaded my cards and voila…easy access! I haven’t seen some of my cards forever…but I can easily access them on my phone.
It’s rare, and I mean really rare, that I meet someone who has not heard of Pinterest. Pinterest is like Candy Land for adults!! Type in what you want to search and you will get a bunch of pictures that link to websites. You “pin” these pictures on to boards you make. It’s super easy (even for me), and you will get truly addicted.
Click HERE to see an example of boards you can set up.
I’m still trying to find the best planner to help me stay organized. Every year the paper planners I buy remain empty. I LOVE looking at Bullet Journals on Pinterest, but I am SO not creative. I had to find a way to remember appointments, and kids’ activities!
I have been using the free version of Cozi and so far, really like it. The app links to my husband’s email so he always knows what’s going on (no more excuses of “you never told me about that”).
Working moms are always searching for better ways to stay organized…what apps/web sites can you not live without?