Did you know that 72% of moms with children over one-year-old work and moms with a full-time job spend 13 hours each day working at the office or at home completing family chores? Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom, or a working mom, you probably feel overwhelmed and as though you are always running out of time. Between managing jobs, the kids schedules, and meal planning, today’s mom does it all. So if you’re a busy mom who needs help with balancing the budget, balancing your schedule or just balancing “your act,” Carolyn Barnes from CleanMomma.com has some helpful ideas for overwhelmed moms on the run.
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A big money saving tip for your grocery budget. The biggest way you can save money is to stop wasting money and that starts at the grocery store. Carolyn says she didn’t used to have a plan when she went grocery shopping and she’d end up buying a lot of food that her family wouldn’t be able to eat before it went bad and literally waste $40 to $50 in groceries each week. She found that planning meals in advance and knowing exactly what groceries to buy saved her a couple hundred dollars a month. She now keeps a list on the fridge until she goes to the store and then Carolyn sticks to the list. She recommends that if your kids are with you when you shop that you teach them the list is “sacred.” Another important grocery tip is make sure you get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to have on hand as snacks for the kids. This is great for busy moms, since fruits and veggies are easy to prepare and healthy. Keep a bowl of fruit out on the kitchen table so that good choices are the temptation instead of cookies or potato chips..
How busy moms can get a little time for themselves. Busy moms can be a little a less busy with proper planning so time management and organization is key. Technology is great but Carolyn is also a little old school about making a list and keeping it on the fridge so she can keep adding items to it as I remember them. I also like that it gets it out of my brain and onto paper so my to do list is not cluttering my brain. If you take just five minutes to get organized, you’ll get time back for you at the end of the day or when you need it for exercising, relaxing or taking five minutes to look through a magazine.
You can watch a video of Carolyn Barnes’s Busy Moms Survival Tips courtesy of WKYC-TV in Cleveland.
Carolyn Barnes is one busy mom. A momtrepreneur with her own website, cLEANMomma.com, where she has great tips to help busy moms to conquer clutter and get fit in the process – both physically and financially. Her family has faced the same challenges many Americans have faced in the down economy and has great survival tips. Carolyn was recently featured on Good Morning America and has made numerous local television appearances Carolyn’s program has been featured on The Doctors, Style TV, KTLA News, CBS News, plus the L.A. Times, Washington Post, Shape Magazine, Fitness Magazine, and L.A. Parent.