May 4, 2016

Time Savers: Tips and Tricks from Mom

Happy hump day! As we pass over the hump of the week and the weekend comes into view, so does something very special - Mother's Day!

My mother just moved back to Germany last summer, so this is the first Mother's Day where she'll be overseas. She is an absolutely amazing mother who always was and still is there for my sisters and me when we need her. She's even there when we don't need her, but just want her.

In South Africa :) Left to right: my big sister, me, my mom (our dog below)
She also taught us all sorts of important time saving tricks:

* Pre-soak shirts in the sink if there's a stain, so you don't spend ages scrubbing.

* Organize assignments in writing, ideally in an agenda but a stray napkin will do in a pinch, to prevent midterm freak-outs.

* Have an assigned cleaning day so that you actually get it done regularly and don't have to waste hours on a deep clean when the squalor becomes unbearable.

* Always use a cast iron skillet pan when you're making pancakes.

Recipe here!
* Cook favorite meals in bulk and freeze leftovers to save on cooking time.

* Be a good person, so you don't have to waste time feeling crappy.

She definitely deserves to feel special this Mother's Day. Now that we don't live in the same country anymore, or even the same continent, gifting is a little bit trickier. But not impossible!

Whether it's to send money for a shopping trip for a spa day or a special meal out, there has to be a convenient and secure way to send money overseas. There is! Especially during holidays, like Mother's Day, it's so great that PayPal and Paypal's Xoom are a fast and secure way to send money anywhere, even overseas - like to my mom in Germany!

 Xoom is a PayPal service that powers international payments to family and friends in more than 40 countries around the world - and the number one recipient group of Xoom payments is mothers!
It makes sending money as easy as sending a text!

Sending checks takes a long time and even longer if you, like me, don't use checks much and would have to order them first. Sending cash also takes a long time and is anything but secure - I strongly advise against it! Even if the money gets there, and I wouldn't bet on it, now the giftee has to deal with the hassle and cost of exchanging the cash for whatever currency their country uses. Boo! We all work hard for our money, so managing it properly and safely is really important.

Of the old methods, the one that my family used most often was a direct bank transfer. Unfortunately, that takes more time, since some banks require you to go to the bank in person to do it. It also often takes a few days for the money to arrive, which is bad for pressing things and those of us who forget to do things until the last minute sometimes. With Xoom, you can track each payment via SMS alerts and get a text message when the money has been received. There's no more wondering if it's there yet and that's such a relief when it's time sensitive.

If you want to send a less open-ended gift, check out the great Mother's Day deals and egift cards from the PayPal Digital Gifts Store! You can also check out for shopping deals from stores like Macy's and Kiehls.

What is a time-saving trick that you learned from your mom?

How do you celebrate Mother's Day?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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