January is an awesome month. I write my goals (Link to my goal list HERE). I go into a mad cleaning frenzy. (This year it was my closet that got hit – I have about five shirts left. Okay, fine, maybe 25. But still. It’s emptier than it has been in a long time.) And I start the year off all excited and ready to go… but then reality hits (mostly the reality that baseball is still a long way off…).
And the reality is, it’s time to think about how I’m going to accomplish those goals – I can say “I’m gonna finish me some school!!” all I want, but until I put a plan into place as to how that is going to happen, ain’t nothing gonna get done, babycakes.
And with the weather and the fact that there’s no time left in the day, it’s time to outsource!
Here’s how I’m outsourcing January within the budget & to help with goals:
My first January lifehack is pictured above. It is my true love, Airborne. Take it every time you hear someone cough or say how sick they’ve been and you’ll be fine. Hopefully, it will help save you some sick time!
Peapod – the grocery delivery service. At first, I thought cost was prohibitive. But now I realize 1. I am really good at looking at cookbooks and making the food, but I hate shopping. So let’s eliminate the shopping, right? Sit there with Peapod.com up on your screen, write your meal plans and order the food right away. 2. Sign up with this link and get $20 off your first order. REFERRAL LINK – click HERE. 3. They deliver it to your door. Easy. No more stopping at the store, freezing, pushing a broken shopping cart, getting stuff off shelves, putting stuff on belt, putting stuff in cart, putting stuff in trunk, putting stuff inside, putting stuff in cupboards… STOP THE INSANITY!
Con: We do pay a tip to the driver.
Pro: But even still, our grocery bill is cheaper because I’m doing less impulse shopping and I’m buying lesser amounts of the ingredients to make my recipes.
matchup.io– This sounds like a super lame dating site. But I promise it’s not. Since I’m attempting to be better about working out consistently, I needed some inspiration. And what’s more inspiring than competition? Nothing. Nothing is.
Matchup is an app where you create walking challenges with friends and you compete to be the first to finish and to just accomplish the trail by the end date. The trails are of varying lengths – the one I signed up for and am doing with 9 friends is 70ish miles along the coast of Australia. Our little dots show up on the virtual map and it lists leaders for the day and the overall leader. Other options are to challenge a friend one-on-one to get the most steps, etc.
Pro: This is totally making me do the treadmill more this January – a good thing! There have been two days so far where I definitely would not have gotten on the treadmill if not for knowing people are miles ahead of me on the trail.
Con: It doesn’t calculate other workouts to count toward steps necessarily (you don’t get as much “credit.”) You need some way of tracking steps through an app on your iPhone or fitbit, etc.
Non-allergenic eyeliner – This isn’t necessarily an internet lifehack, but my eyes started having allergic reactions to makeup, which was a bummer since I’m older and needing more of Things to Make Me Feel Like I’m Human. Oh, and by “allergic reaction to makeup,” I kinda mean that the day after wearing eyeliner my eyelids would swell up to 400 times their size and I would have to wear my glasses out in public and bow my head when I saw people I knew, which probably made them wonder why I’m bowing and running from them?! So anyway, just for your information, if you have any trouble with reactions to eye makeup – the two kinds I’ve found that are hypoallergenic are Clinique and Almay. Almay seems to be the best for my eyes (check ingredient list online to make sure it works for you).
Pro: No more burning red eyes!
Con: Almay smudges (the best brand is Urban Decay, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me).
Starbucks – My husband bought me the tumbler from Starbucks where you buy the tumbler in December and get free coffee every day in January. I calculated it will take about 10 visits to make it worth it (if you consider you would have paid $20 for the tumbler anyway). Done. This has eliminated my desire to order mochas, etc. which are empty calories and helps me stick with the zero calorie coffee.
Pro: “free coffee”
Con: You have to remember to bring the mug along.
If you find yourself wondering what this has to do with outsourcing January and getting my goals done… then you do not know the power of coffee and we need to talk. Seriously.
Dollar Shave Club – This is for the husband, although it could totally work for women too… it’s a monthly delivery of razor blades. He’s super picky about what he uses and I’m super lame about remembering them on the list to buy at the store. So we subscribed. And I would recommend.
Pro: You get the razor in the mail and it’s high quality. Way cheaper.
Con: No more chances to roll your eyes when he asks if you remembered to buy them. LINK HERE
Those are my January hacks! So far, so good! Now if I could just figure out how to get doing the dishes outsourced…
We’ve also tried Amazon Pantry, Audible.com and Stitch Fix… all good products, but not ones we use consistently…