Sometimes there are tasks that we need to do, but don't necessarily have the time for. One way to get things done is to outsource. Here are a few options that will help you save time, without spending too much money.
For those of you who dread house cleaning duties, BidMyCleaning can help you find a reputable housekeeper at a rock-bottom price. Simply enter your location and needs, and the site will instantly load a list of local, low-cost cleaning services, complete with customer ratings and feedback. You can even choose to have your home tidied up with eco-friendly products at no extra cost.
If you tend to procrastinate when it comes to online errands -- like scheduling, making reservations and shopping -- try using FancyHands. This site connects you to a team of professional contractors who are ready to help around the clock.
Membership prices vary depending on how often you use the service. Five requests per month costs $25; 15 goes for $45; and you can get 25 requests for $65. If you decide to go long-term, their yearly plans are 25 percent cheaper than paying monthly.
Finally, if you're looking for a little creative assistance, Fiverr will help you find people to design logos, make videos, edit podcasts and more. Like the name implies, each task costs only five dollars, which makes Fiverr a great place to try outsourcing for the first time.
So, if you need to buy yourself some time, outsourcing can be the way to go. Sometimes saving a few hours a day can be worth the investment.
Apps That Manage Your Money For You
Save Time by Outsourcing Your Life -- Savings Experiment
Mint made the Mac App Store's Best of 2012 list for a reason. This simple, clean app shows how much you are spending in each category of your budget by monitoring all of your transactions. We love signing in and getting a quick, dirty rundown of where our money has gone over the last week, and using their personalized budget tools to stay on track. We highly recommend adjusting your budgets for summer months. You might spend less on transportation when the weather is nice, and chances are you could use that extra cash to flesh out that restaurant tab, right?
This is the all-in-one financial organizer. Manage all of your accounts, from credit cards to magazine subscriptions, in one place and even make custom accounts for your rent or cleaning service. Get reminders for bill payments, and monitor all of your travel reward points, too. You'll always know what you owe, how much money you have and can plan for upcoming bills and expenses without having to sift through tons of paperwork.
If you want to isolate the expense tracker function of Mint in a super simple day-to-day app, then DailyCost is a great buy. A wide variety of categories lets users input all of their daily expenses. Holding your phone horizontally, you will be able to see graphs and statistics on your spending. The app also tracks your weekly and monthly spending by category and can be backed up to iCloud for Mac users, so you'll never lose your data.
If you're a heavy traveler, Toshl is an excellent expense and budget tracker. It works with any currency and lets you separate your travel budget from your day-to-day expenses. It comes with all the trappings of a regular money management app, too, such as bill organizer and alerts, and can be synced across all your devices.
Next time you organize a group activity, Tricount will split up the expenses for you. Create the expense report on your phone and organize by person, how much they owe, and then share via email so everyone knows their share. With options for expenses, balance, share, and configuration, the app does all of the math for you.
Never miss a bill payment again. This app reminds you when your payments are due, and lets you pay on the spot from a bank account or credit card, or you can schedule a payment for the future. Connect all of your accounts to the encrypted app and then view them all in one place for easy access and payment options. You'll never overdraft or miss a payment again.
Make and share payments with friends. This app uses the same technology to pay as LivingSocial, Uber and Airbnb. Pay with your debit card or transfer funds from a linked bank account, right to a friend's Venmo account. It is Verisign Certified.