Saving Time on Household Purchases

I was recently asked how I save time shopping.  I shared before that I do quite a bit of shopping online- so I can order when it’s convenient for me (or have it on subscription).  That maybe while I’m eating my lunch.  It may be while I’m waiting on my daughter at one of her activities.

This reader asked for specific examples of what I purchase online, so I thought I would share some of my Amazon subscribe and save items and a few items I order on a fairly regular basis with you.  (The links below are affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting this site.)


Toilet Paper  (This shows up at my house once a month so we do not run out.)

Dog food 

Dishwasher Detergent

These are just a few things I order on a regular basis.  Can you find them cheaper elsewhere?  Probably- but these are things I find it worth a little extra to have show up at my door on a regular basis.

I also order from Wal-Mart and have items show up at my door as well.  I do try and make a grocery run around twice a month.  I’ll add in a quick stop here and there for fresh items.

Do you order household items online regularly?



Science and 4-H wrapped into one…


In the last week or so we have attempted to start some houseplants from seed.  My homeschooler is responsible for watering them and charting their growth.  (Edit, I really hope they grow.)

Not only is this a science lesson, but if they grow, they can be shown at 4-H Show.  It’s a two for one project- which is one way I try to save time as working homeschooling mom.

Maybe you do not have a 4-Her, but are in another organization such as scouting.  Are there ways for you to have two in one projects?  Have you completed a two in one project before?  I’d love to hear about it!

Involving your homeschooler in the community…

If you are a homeschooling parent, you have no doubt been asked, “but what about socialization” or “are they around other children?”  If I only knew how many times I’ve been asked those questions.

Because I work part time outside the home, I serve in a local community organization (Kiwanis Club) and on a few boards for community causes near and dear to me.  I sometimes, depending on the service project or event, take my homeschooler with me.  She has a chance not only to serve the community but learn from others who do as well- sometimes while her peers are sitting in a classroom.

Truth be told, she enjoys going to the weekly Kiwanis Club meetings with me- especially if we have a speaker that is about a topic of interest to her.

You don’t have to be in the same organizations or groups I’m in to give these opportunities to your homeschooler.  If you are part of an organization that serves the community, do you take your homeschooler?




Our new schedule…

As you may remember reading, I went through a job change late fall.  The days and hours I work are different.  On days I work, our routine for school looks like this:

5am (or earlier)- I’m up and have my quiet time.  I also use this time to do the books for my husband’s business, do a load of laundry, start dinner in the crockpot or occasionally clean.

6:30am- School starts while we also eat some breakfast.  (No one here is much of a breakfast person.)  This is the time when we tackle new concepts in math and English if possible.  If time allows, it’s also a great time for piano practice or discussing science and history.

8:20am- Out the door.  I head to work and my child goes to wherever we have planned for her for the day. While she is at her planned location (it varies, but could be with Dad or grandparents or a sitter) she works on handwriting, spelling words, reading (she reads proficiently, so I assign reading and book reports almost weekly- depends on the length of the book), history/geography, science and then any review math or English I send with her.

Evening- When I arrive home in the evening, it’s usually before dinner.  We discuss her history and science and then finish anything we did not before we left in the morning.  I’ll usually have a little dinner prep left to do (though the slow cooker is my best friend).  I try to do a little cleaning each evening and prepare the next day’s school assignment (which I plan out a week at a time, so other than grading papers, this does not take long).

We also try and have family time in the evening during our school months.  In the summer, we all spend a lot of time outside and in the garden.

On days I am off, school work is done in the morning and then we often work on a 4-H project.

Please keep in mind, this schedule is what works for our family with me as a part time, employed, homeschooling mom.  It’s took me a couple of months of trial and error to find a schedule that works for our current situation.  I’d love to hear what works best for your family.

Science supplemental reading

As you may remember, I’ve been struggling with the “right” science curriculum.  I’ve been using The Answers Books for Kids from Answers in Genesis as some supplemental reading to go along with what we are working on in science (which at the moment is geology).  You can check them out through the affiliate link above or check with your local library.

I think we have decided to stick out the year with what we are using and transition to something new next year.  Apologia has come highly recommended to me, as has some material from Answers in Genesis.  If you have other suggestions, I would love to hear them!

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You know you are a 4-H mom if…

You know you are a 4-H mom if you lighten the school work load for a few days to work on some 4-H projects.  Anyone else doing this?

I do try to encourage projects that go along with what we are studying.  Outside of the church, I probably gained more from 4-H as a youth than any other program.  It’s why I do not mind spending a few days focusing on projects.

Crockpot Ham and Beans

Do you have leftover ham from a holiday get together?  Why not use it in slow cooker ham and beans on a busy day?

I soak dry navy beans overnight.  Add ham to taste.  We like our ham and beans seasoned with seasoned salt and pepper.  As long as a I soak the beans, I can cook all day on low in my slow cooker and it’s ready for our evening meal.

Do you have a slow cooker recipe to share?