I love using time-saving services to simplify my lifestyle -- and I'm always testing new ones. Here are three that are Ridiculously Efficient-approved.
1. Le Tote
Oh, how I love Le Tote. I began using Le Tote in January and haven't stopped or skipped a month since. I make strategic tote selections based on my 10-day schedule (work meetings, date nights, weekend backyard BBQs) and only buy fashion that I know I'll wear multiple times a quarter.
Since January, I've purchased five dresses (two LBDs, two day-to-night dresses and a fabulous evening/date-night dress), two shirts (both black, versatile, flattering and comfortable), a pair of earrings, a necklace and two cardigan-style sweaters.
Note: It would have been easy to just reorder the looks I liked, or keep the tote for longer, versus purchasing them outright. This is certainly the cheaper path. But it's fun to get new fashion in the mail, and that can't happen until you send your previous tote back.
If you haven't tried Le Tote, and hate picking out clothes for work, give it a shot. This link will get you $25 off your first month and me a $15 credit.
Meal prep and delivery services are hot, and I've tried many of them, but I keep coming back to HelloFresh. Each Wednesday, we select three of five offered meals; the next week, they're delivered to our door.
What I love about HelloFresh is that you get little boxes with all of the ingredients needed for that dish. So if you pick a specific meal to cook, you just need to take that labeled box and the protein out of the fridge, and you're ready to start. (Other services I've tried put all the ingredients for all the dishes in a single big box, which means you need to have the recipe card in hand while rooting through your vegetable crisper.)
Two other big things I like about HelloFresh: the meals are delicious (sometimes surprisingly so -- a few recipes seemed deceptively plain but ended up being show-stoppers), and I've learned several new techniques while cooking our meals.
Use the code PTKNM7 when signing up for HelloFresh for $40 off your first box. (I'll get $30 off my next box if you sign up.)
3. Amazon Subscribe n' Save
I honestly don't know why everyone doesn't use Subscribe n' Save when possible. We have so many things to remember to replace in our home or recurring purchases: air filters, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cat litter, body wash, deodorant, antibacterial soap, dish soap, kitchen sponges, laundry detergent, vitamins and nutritional supplements, and the list goes on.
With Amazon Subscribe n' Save, we just select these items once and schedule the interval. On the first of each month, Amazon sends that month's goods, and the box's contents direct our activities (for example, replacing toothbrushes, air filters and kitchen sponges).
Now, our shopping runs are focused on perishable groceries. Easy.