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IStillPickUpPennies said:   This may sound silly to some, but I used to use a TV Tuner card to record most of my TV entertainment.  Then I went through the recordings and edited out the commercials.

  Instead, now I just wait and get the season DVD's for free from the local library.  If I can't get through all of the episodes before it has to go back, I can archive the remaining episodes on the hard drive, and we delete them as we watch them.

  It saves me a heck of a lot of time, and doesn't cost anything extra.  No more playing around with tuner card software, missing an episode, etc.  Plus, they can't cancel the show on you in the middle of the season if you are getting them a full season at a time, after the fact.

  I do that, plus
We have Netflix, so we watch past seasons of shows with no commercials whenever we want , vs the network schedule.
Occassionally we watch a current season like GRIMM and its so painful to sit though commercials knowing my life is ticking away....

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I like going to the office for 10am, then be the last one to leave at 6:30, traffic is light, and I can take care of all the sudden emergencies that popup at 5pm.

I also love working from home whenever possible - saves 1.5 hr commute that day.

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This is a unique thread I think because the usual topic is how to save money. Great strategies here.
Save time by paying bills online or even make it auto-debit on monthly basis.

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What about having two laundry baskets, one for underwear and the other for everything else. I do wash them separately anyway.

I plan to do this, since I like the idea of maybe spending a few more seconds every day to dump your clothes into different baskets, as opposed to spending a few more minutes sorting them out before washing. What do you (if you do laundry on your own) think?

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yadayadayadayada said:   What about having two laundry baskets, one for underwear and the other for everything else. I do wash them separately anyway.

I plan to do this, since I like the idea of maybe spending a few more seconds every day to dump your clothes into different baskets, as opposed to spending a few more minutes sorting them out before washing. What do you (if you do laundry on your own) think?

Wash everything in the same load.

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bytem3 said:   Wash everything in the same load.
  Yup.  While "batching" it away from home on a long term assignment, everything went into the washer or hung up for a 2nd wear as it was taken off.  When the washer looked suitably full, a quarter cup of Tide and away it went.  Sheets and pillow cases went through with jammies.  Reds, blues, greens, black, whites... it all came out just fine.  I wouldn't do it with a nice white dress shirt, but for casual business wear, it worked swimmingly.  

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Great thread! Learned a lot of stuff! Thanks so much! )

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msquickie said:   Great thread! Learned a lot of stuff! Thanks so much! )
  Glad you are here.

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Minoritydan said:   This one saves me alot of Time.

I fill my car up at Costco Gas Pumps, but they are notoriously crowded during normal hours(forget the weekends). Sometimes traffic is backed all the way up to the entrance and you cannot even enter the Pump lanes.

The pumps close an hour after the store, so during the week I swing by after 9pm and usually pull right up versus a 10-15 min wait earlier in the day.

  sounds like aBuc-ee's

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This thread is brilliant! I've been advocating strategies like these to friends and family, but it seems people are resistant for psychological reasons. Kinda like seeing a lawyer waiting an hour in line for a free beer; I see it all the time.

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Bandalar said:   This thread is brilliant! I've been advocating strategies like these to friends and family, but it seems people are resistant for psychological reasons. Kinda like seeing a lawyer waiting an hour in line for a free beer; I see it all the time.
  If the lawyer is standing in line with the client, the client is being billed for that hour.  Nothing like going out to lunch with your lawyer and getting a $900 bill for his time.

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DavidScubadiver said:   www.blueapron.com 

Ingredients delivered to your door with instructions how to prepare meals. $10 per person per meal. No time wasted shopping for food.

  at $10 a meal, two meals a day comes out to be $140.  I think I can hire a personal chef to go grocery shopping for me and cook a week worth of food.  Makes it even more cost efficient for two people or a larger family.

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aleck said:   
DavidScubadiver said:   www.blueapron.com 

Ingredients delivered to your door with instructions how to prepare meals. $10 per person per meal. No time wasted shopping for food.

  at $10 a meal, two meals a day comes out to be $140.  I think I can hire a personal chef to go grocery shopping for me and cook a week worth of food.  Makes it even more cost efficient for two people or a larger family.

  Not sure what you are saying, but if you are saying that you think you can pay someone to do your grocery shopping and cook you 14 meals, and only be out of pocket $140, I think you are living in a dream world or a third-world country. Even if they made them all a week ahead of time (which would seriously compromise how good they were).

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If you are headed to/from Newark Airport in NJ from/to Morris County area or points west, take the Garden State Parkway , if traffic is not an issue, from I-280 East, instead of going through Newark.

I hate tolls on principle, but in this case it is lesser of the evils.

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I paid someone to read this thread to me.I saved time by not reading that long ass post.

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I saw this article today and thought it was relevant to this thread. It is basically saying that many successful people wear the same outfit every day to avoid "decision fatigue" so they can be better at making decisions when it matters.

http://elitedaily.com/money/science-simplicity-successful-people... 

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swedishlionfish said:   saying that many successful people wear the same outfit 
  they are men so they just throw on a suit ... cmon!

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debentureboy said:   
bytem3 said:   Wash everything in the same load.
  Yup.  While "batching" it away from home on a long term assignment, everything went into the washer or hung up for a 2nd wear as it was taken off.  When the washer looked suitably full, a quarter cup of Tide and away it went.  Sheets and pillow cases went through with jammies.  Reds, blues, greens, black, whites... it all came out just fine.  I wouldn't do it with a nice white dress shirt, but for casual business wear, it worked swimmingly.  

  
I use color-catching sheets and detergent. You don't even have to think about what clothes you're washing.

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swedishlionfish said:   I saw this article today and thought it was relevant to this thread. It is basically saying that many successful people wear the same outfit every day to avoid "decision fatigue" so they can be better at making decisions when it matters.

http://elitedaily.com/money/science-simplicity-successful-people...

  
many of us in IT industry have 8-10 polos, same tshirt, diff colors
I just pick one every day

still decision but not too bad

I try to stick to same brand same material, basically i like smooth feel and stay away from cheap stuff

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BlueSeaLake said:   I like going to the office for 10am, then be the last one to leave at 6:30, traffic is light, and I can take care of all the sudden emergencies that popup at 5pm.

I also love working from home whenever possible - saves 1.5 hr commute that day.

  

you are my brother from another mother

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can someone save my time.. and consolidate this in a quick read list.. so I can power read through this... or is there a way to export all the 20 pages into a single PDF

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Leaned a lot here. Will come back to read more carefully. Thanks, everyone.

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Eat 1 meal per day at dinner. Saves both time and money. Done good things for my abs too.

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Can't believe this one hasn't been mentioned. The ultimate time saver is to find an unlazy stay at home wife/husband. You'll have so much time on your hands you'll be bored. Of course this is also the most expensive possible option as well.

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DavidScubadiver said:   
aleck said:   
DavidScubadiver said:   www.blueapron.com 

Ingredients delivered to your door with instructions how to prepare meals. $10 per person per meal. No time wasted shopping for food.

  at $10 a meal, two meals a day comes out to be $140.  I think I can hire a personal chef to go grocery shopping for me and cook a week worth of food.  Makes it even more cost efficient for two people or a larger family.

  Not sure what you are saying, but if you are saying that you think you can pay someone to do your grocery shopping and cook you 14 meals, and only be out of pocket $140, I think you are living in a dream world or a third-world country. Even if they made them all a week ahead of time (which would seriously compromise how good they were).

  I'm thinking DSD must be a principal in Blue Apron or something.  He sure defends it energetically.  A service that charges you $10/meal when *you* have to do all the work is pretty dumb, IMO....

... but then, we already knew that! 

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Krazen1211 said:   Eat 1 meal per day at dinner. Saves both time and money. Done good things for my abs too.
  ummm that can't be healthy.

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I just got an android phone and using the calendar for everything is a stress reliever. I set appointments for even easy tasks that I want to get down like "ship package," "refill windshield washer fluid," or "call xxxx." It saves time and stress because I do not worry about remembering to do it. I take it off my mind completely until the reminder pops up on my phone. Then I complete the task.

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caterpillar123 said:   I just got an android phone and using the calendar for everything is a stress reliever. I set appointments for even easy tasks that I want to get down like "ship package," "refill windshield washer fluid," or "call xxxx." It saves time and stress because I do not worry about remembering to do it. I take it off my mind completely until the reminder pops up on my phone. Then I complete the task.
  I do the same something similar but now I have so much backlog that I am stressed am I ever going to catch up? 

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catanpirate said:   I'm too poor for most of these strategies!
  I'm kind of new here, don't know my way around FW. I'm posting partly to subscribe (WTH do I do that without posting??? I've looked above and below...)

Well, I can relate to the quote there. I was dirt poor for a really really long time and know a lot of strategies to be frugal, probably a lot more than is good for me.

Regarding time saving, I can't help but recall and will relate something that my girlfriend said so many years ago. She was enrolled at Wisconsin, her family was in L.A., as was I. I wanted to marry her at one point, she was ideal in a lot of ways. I mentioned some task I had to deal with and she said something like "hire some kid to do it." It's not stupid or egregious, but it was anathema to my way of dealing with life.

I will only relate one thing at this time, not having read the thread yet: My top priority is to stay strong and healthy. I spend very little time dealing with disease and infirmity. I do spend a fair amount of time doing athletic things, working out, skating, biking, golf, gym work. Like a guy I knew told me, "it's a positive addiction." My gym membership is arguably the best investment I'm making.

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Good thread.

Things that have helped me in this regard:

1. I pay off everything in full, use auto-pay whenever possible.
2. I DVR everything I watch on TV, and I don't watch a lot. I don't need to know what CBS's lineup is these days, I'd rather not know. I may find out about something on TV one way or another and check it out, it happens once in a while... not often. I FF through 97% of commercials.
3. I use tax software.
4. I cut my own hair, it's actually faster than going and getting a haircut, I'm good at it now.
5. I won't buy an all cotton dress shirt or pants. 50% polyester doesn't require ironing.
6. Buy in bulk!
7. Buy things that are made to last, screw planned obsolescence.
8. I'm reading faster these days, been reading more and have been consciously increasing my reading speed. Got a Kindle Paperwhite and changed the default orientation to landscape, this is known to increase reading speed.
9. Here's one from Friedrich Nietzsche: "Have an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath."
10. Take the train, do your reading there. Screw driving.

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caterpillar123 said:   I just got an android phone and using the calendar for everything is a stress reliever. I set appointments for even easy tasks that I want to get down like "ship package," "refill windshield washer fluid," or "call xxxx." It saves time and stress because I do not worry about remembering to do it. I take it off my mind completely until the reminder pops up on my phone. Then I complete the task.
  
If that type of system works for you, great. For me, I prefer to only use my calendar for hard appointments that I have to be at, calls I have to make, etc. Then I have an organizational system which keeps track of everything else. The problem is assigning due dates and prioritizing. If the world won't end if I won't ship a package on a certain date or refill my washer fluid, I don't assign it a due date. The "getting things done" system has worked well for me.

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I get hair cut at the beauty school. It is $5.

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sunsetcliff said:   I get hair cut at the beauty school. It is $5.
 Although a good money-saver......how does this save time?

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No line and only takes two minutes.

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CaptainCool said:   
sunsetcliff said:   I get hair cut at the beauty school. It is $5.
 Although a good money-saver......how does this save time?

  they cut off more than you wanted so you go get a hair cut less often.

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Does anyone have any experience with taskrabbit? My neighbor pays a guy $15 a month to clean up his dog poop in the backyard. He loves it, but I have also heard nightmares.

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