Pantry Quickies: Quick Tips For Cleaning Your Pantry

Pantry Quickies: Quick Tips For Cleaning Your Pantry

It happens to all of us. We have the best of intentions for an organized pantry. We plan to use things before they expire and keep things rotating. Then one day we look in our pantry and it's a mess. Something has spilled, other things have  expired and our organized rows have become a jumble. When you don't have time to really take apart your pantry, here are some quick tips to help it feel more organized.  

Save Time and Money on Groceries

Grocery shopping is a hassle, especially with kids.  Either they don't want to be there, they don't want to sit in the cart, or they want you to buy things that you don't want.  Or their carrier takes up so much room in the cart, there's hardly any room for food.  No shopping trip highlights this more than when you try to shop in bulk.  How can your child pass by a bulk sized box of cookies?!  On the other hand, there are many great benefits to shopping in bulk.  You can get a better price and you can shop less often.  I have found an app that allows you to get the bulk prices you love without ever leaving the house and no membership fee!  Let me tell you about it.

Boxed Wholesale - Boxed is an app for people who like wholesale prices without the hassle of going to a wholesale store.  Through this app you can purchase non-perishable bulk items that will be delivered right to your door.  Shipping is free on your first order as well as on any order over $50.  Believe me, it's easy to get an order over $50; I have yet to pay shipping. 

 Boxed is great for bulky items like paper towels and toilet paper, as well as cleaning supplies, k-cups for your keurig, cereal, and snack items. I get T his chocolate milk boxes, Annie's Mac and cheese, and Belvita breakfast biscuits.   There are tons of items to shop for on a regular basis as well as seasonal items.  For example right now they have a bunch of back to school items. The prices are comparable to Costco, but no membership fee. 

This app definitely saves you time: you don’t have to drive to a store, shop, wait on line, checkout, load up your car, and drive home; gas: you don’t have to go anywhere - your order comes to you, money: you are getting wholesale prices, and sanity: you avoid the hassle of going to a wholesale store with your kids! There are no membership fees and the delivery is fast. 

The customer service at Boxed is great. I once had an item inadvertently missing from my order. I emailed customer service who got back to me quickly and allowed me to reorder the item for free. The reps were  very nice and accommodating. I also love the hand written notes in each package thanking me for my order. So personal!!

Another great feature is the Boxed rewards program.  For every dollar you spend on an order, you get 1 boxed rewards point. 500 points = $5.00 off an order.  This allows you to get an even better deal!  Boxed is always coming up with new freebies and discounts to add to your order.  With one order I got a free selfie stick with my order and with another order, I got a free flag.  On my latest order I got a free can of juice and a free roll of toilet paper. This free app is available in the Apple Store as well as on Google Play, so whether you're Android or Apple, you can get it.  

Bottom line, it's a free app that allows you to get bulk prices and free shipping on the items you need. There is no reason not to get it!

Click this link to get $15 off your first order of $60 or more on boxed!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!!



Awesome List App For Busy Moms

I have written about useful apps in various blog post throughout the past year.  They range from an app for maintaining password security, apps to help you relax, apps to help you make money, and an app for printing photos for free.  Today I want to talk about an app to help you maintain your lists. The app is called Wunderlist and it really is a wonder app.

Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks - 6 Wunderkinder

Wunderlist is an app who's sole purpose is to create lists. The basic use is to create various checklists for pretty much anything for which you need a list. They offer suggestions like a to do list, a shopping list, and a wish list. You can also create your own. I created a list for my Things to do Before 32 post. I also have a list of household projects to get done, a grocery list, blog post ideas, a list for each kid of things they need, gift ideas for the hubs, etc..

For each list item there are a variety of ways to enhance it. You can star the most important items so that they are easy to find. You can also arrange your list into your preferred order. Other features include adding a due date, a reminder, add sub-tasks, add notes, and even adding a file. For example, for my blog posts list, I can add a file to create that post. For a grocery list you can add a note about whether you have a coupon for the item. Depending on the particular list some of these items may not be necessary, but they are good to have.

Another feature that I like is that when an item is checked off it is removed from your list, however there is an option to show completed items. This is great for lists like grocery lists. I am regularly buying many of the same grocery items. With this feature, I can show the completed items and uncheck the things I need to purchase again. That way I don't have to type out a new list every time. It also reminds me of things I might want to check the levels on before I go to the store.

My favorite feature however, is the ability to share lists with other people. As long as your friends and family download the app, you can share and modify lists with other people. For example, there are several grocery items which I buy for the family which I do not eat, like my husband's seltzer. Therefore I may not know when it runs out. But with this app, I can share the grocery list with my husband and he can add that item. If he's in a store he can also purchase an item and check it off the list.

You can also share different lists with different people. Therefore, I can create a list of items my husband happens to mention he wants. I can then share this list with friends and family and when a holiday or birthday comes up they can just refer to the list and know what he wants. My husband on the other hand cannot see this list. This is a great way to share lists of things for the kids with the spouse and family members. Since everyone can check items off, you can also eliminate duplication.

I use this list all the time. In fact, I just checked this post off my list of blog post ideas. As a busy mom, there are so many things I need to do, buy, and keep track of. This app helps me keep these things organized and share the responsibility with other members of the family. There is also a paid version of the app, but thus far, the free version has fulfilled my needs so I have not used it.

Do you utilize lists to keep track of your tasks? Let me know in the comments.


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