The following is a guest post from momAgenda COMM blogger Michele McGraw.
As a busy mom with four kids and a tech blog, I am always looking for ways to do more in less time. I have enlisted help with these 5 tech tools:
1. Online Grocery Shopping. I use PeaPod because that is what is available in my area. PeaPod is linked with my local grocery store and I can place my entire order online and have the groceries delivered to my house when it is convenient. I usually do one large order every month and then in between, we will go to the grocery store if needed. My grocery list is saved on the site each time I order and this is also a great way to save money because I don’t make any impulse buys.
2. Online Contacts. It doesn’t matter which service you use. We use Google because it syncs well with our phones and all computers. Each member of my family has their own contact group and now I have all of the information for my kid’s friends no matter where I am.
3. Local Library’s Online Services. Most local libraries offer online books and resources if you have a library card. You check out the book just like you would a print book and you can usually check it out for 2-4 weeks depending on the book. My local library also offers tech books and other services which have been very useful when my kids are learning something that I do not know anything about. We go to the online library services and see what we can find. So, check with your local library and see what they offer. In most cases, it is completely free if you have a library card.
4. PBS Learning Media. PBS Learning Media is a new resource that my kids also love. PBS offers this great resource which is geared towards teachers, but is so helpful for homework. My younger kids use it all the time to learn more about whatever topic they are learning in school. My 9 year old is a very visual learner, so finding videos that explain the concepts is awesome. The topics are broken down by subject and grade.
5. Volunteer Spot. VolunteerSpot saves you a lot of time and effort when it comes to coordinating volunteers for just about anything and it is free. If you have kids, then you volunteer. All of my kid’s schools have also started using VolunteerSpot so I now have all my volunteer schedules in one spot. VolunteerSpot lets you set up schedules and volunteers can sign up (without needing to sign up for an account.)
What tech tools do you use to help you save time?