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Time-Saving Tips and Anecdotes

I'm Asking: What's Your Time-Saving Tip or Confession?

When I came across Real Simple reader accounts of how to save time on dinner, housekeeping, etc., I couldn't stop laughing. So many of these reader stories are hysterical — but mostly, because they're so true. Some of the most inventive (read: not tastiest) meals I've made have come from a lack of time and ingredients. And like another Real Simple reader, I can totally relate to last minute touches to my work wear, though instead of "duct-tape [at] the hem of my work pants" mine was a safety pin at the buttonhole of my pants.

So, whether you've got a hysterical story to share for laughs, or maybe have a pretty handy time-saver to tell, I want your time-saving tips and confessions here. Be sure to share in comments and I'll be sure to round up all the best tips, advice, and all of your funniest anecdotes.


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Angelica Angelica 6 years
If I had my druthers I'd have a fancy transporter type machine to cut my commute and save time. But, since I don't, I try and use that time to plan dinner and my shopping list (if I need to pick something up). My iPhone is the best pocket planner ever. I make lists, cruise through my email one last time to close up the day and even calendar items for the next few days. It makes better use of the 40 minutes and then I don't need to do it when I get home.
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