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Holiday Time-Saving Tips

Holiday Time-Saving Tips

1. No more backtracking! A lesser-known “route planner” feature on MapQuest helps you save both time and money by mapping out an entire journey – with multiple stops – all in one convenient step. You can add up to 26 destinations along any route, and the tool gives you the fastest route. Since launching in July, it has saved North Americans more 3.2 million miles!

2. Road trip rules: Seasoned holiday road-travelers live by three simple rules: 1) invest in a quick pass to whiz past hour-long lines at the tolls, 2) plot out where to get the cheapest gas along the way by using a “gas prices” feature on MapQuest, and 3) pre-pack energy-boosting snacks and beverages to avoid crowded rest stops and fast-food joints.

3. Babysitting or playdate exchange: Gain kid-free time to make your way through your holiday to-do list by coordinating a playdate exchange with another family.

4. Find a holiday helper: Save time and relieve stress by finding a holiday helper to assist with household chores and last-minute errands. Don’t hesitate to ask your normal sitter, cleaning person or a neighborhood college student who is home for the holiday stretch. And don’t be afraid to delegate household chores to your own children home for winter break!

5. Make sure it's in stock: Nothing wastes more time than driving from store- to-store in search of a specific item. Do yourself a favor and call ahead or better yet check store inventory online before you leave home. Many major e-tailers offer customers the convenience of purchasing items online and then picking them up in-store…some with express pick-up lines.

6. Wrap it up: Socialize and wrap up your holiday duties by inviting your friends over to chat, nosh and yes, wrap gifts! Everyone brings a roll of wrapping paper, ribbons and other decorative elements to share with the group. Also, watch for “free gift wrapping” promotions from online merchants. Sometimes you may have to spend a certain amount to get the promotion to kick in, but it may be worth it given the time you’ll save on the backend.

Here are a few of the Bank of America tips that have helped me to save time:

  • Bank on the go: It’s easy to set up mobile banking and secure access to your money wherever you are. Download the mobile banking app and you can check balances, transfer money, pay bills, and locate ATMs.  Sign up for text banking and you’ll be able to send a text message to get your balance instantly in a reply.
  • Make quick and easy deposits: Holiday means a lot of extra work, so eliminate the labor of depositing checks.  With Bank of America’s Deposit Image ATMs, you simply feed checks or cash into the ATM with no envelopes or deposit slips required.  You get images of your checks and a listof cash deposited on your receipt as proof.
  • Save a trip to the bank: Don’t worry about making an extra stop to the bank during all of your holiday shopping.  Keep track of your spending by using Bank of America’s online banking: set up alerts, check balances, and transfer money.

To learn more about time-saving and other finance tips, make sure to follow Bank of America on Twitter. Or check out their website.

One lucky reader of The Divine Miss Mommy has the chance to win a pre-loaded $50 gift card from Bank of America. This contest is hosted by and solely fulfilled by The Divine Miss Mommy plus Mom Central.

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DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Bank of America and received a Bank of America preloaded gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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  1. Donna B.

    I do all of my shopping online – it saves me a ton of time (and usually a lot of money too!)

  2. lei

    My time saving time is drinking coffee while unloading and reloading the dishwasher in the morning, while checking my account balance 🙂

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  10. Mandala

    I save time by shopping online in between chores (waiting for food to cook or laundry). If I need to go to the store, I make a list of all I need so I don’t have to make several trips.
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  42. Katherine

    I try to have all my shopping done by December first so that I can have time to enjoy all the other holiday festivities.

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    I save time by ordering on amazon – free shipping!

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  47. Kim

    It takes forever to wrap presents, so I hire a neighbor’s daughter to wrap them for me. Saves me tons of time and gives her a little more spending money for the holidays!

  48. Lynn

    My best tip is to buy gifts online. It saves you the driving and waiting-in-line time!

  49. I would say by shopping on black friday
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  57. Mari

    I save time by shopping online and skipping the crowds at the mall. This year Amazon matched Black Friday ads, which was great incentive to shopping at home.

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  60. Kelly D

    My time saving tip is to complete most of my shopping online and to combine errands when I need to go out to the store.

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  74. Kathleen

    My best time saving tip is to have a plan. If you plan out your day, you will save more time and you tend to not look over things.

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  79. I buy gifts throughout the year so I’m not in a rush to do it all at once. Thanks.
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  85. Anne

    My best time saving tip is to delegate tasks to other people – I had my son make most of our Christmas cookies this year.

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    My best time saving tip is to shop online & wrap everything in bags.

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