Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you free time and scientists are saying that can feel like the same thing. People who spend money on time-saving investments report greater life satisfaction. There are time-saving services for basically everything you could think of: dog walkers, massages on demand, news aggregators, and so much more that are well worth the investment.
1. Peloton Bike
Cost: $1995 for the bike + a delivery fee and a $39/mo subscription
When you have a busy schedule, fitting a good workout in can be impossible. Luckily with the Peloton bike, you can access studio-quality cycling classes from your home, anytime! There are live sessions where you can interact with the instructor and compete against other riders, making working out at home actually fun. Avoiding the registration rush 24-hours before class time and not worrying about arriving late and losing your registration is a game changer. While the total price may cause a bit of sticker shock, you’re still coming out ahead when you compare this to paying over $20 per class at places like SoulCycle with rigid class times and strict cancellation fees.
2. Roomba Vacuum Cleaner
Cost: Models start at $299.99
Don’t worry about vacuuming your house when you get home - get a robot to do it. You can schedule your Roomba to clean your house whenever you want. They have an extensive battery life, they’re self-charging, and Wi-Fi compatible. They even have a mopping version and a pool cleaner if those are tasks you despise! Never walk into a dirty house again.
3. News Roundups
Trying to stay up to date on all the latest news, tweets, and other trendy articles can take up a lot of time. What’s worse is not knowing about that important international event or hilarious new meme that everyone is talking about. Fortunately, popular email newsletters like theSkimm or The Hustle deliver everything need to know for the day news-wise, plus a few extra tidbits in an easily digestable format. If another email sounds more annoying than helpful, try NPR’s Up First podcast. It delivers the top news of the day in just 10 minutes - perfect for listening to on your commute.
If sitting in rush hour traffic is infuriating, using a traffic app like Waze will help ease your commute and bring a little more joy to your day. It provides up-to-the-minute information on how long it’ll take to get to your destination. This info is sourced from other drivers who are actually on the road, so you know it’s accurate. It’ll even tell you if there is an accident up ahead and when you should depart if you need to arrive somewhere at a specific time.
Cost: $14.95 a month for 1 monthly credit or pay a la carte
It is pretty difficult to multitask when reading a book. So when you’re busy, reading is often one of the first “time-luxuries” to be eliminated. If all your friends are raving about the Game of Thrones books, and you feel like you’ll never have the time to read them, try Audible and listen to books on the go. You can buy books individually or pay for a monthly subscription to encourage yourself to read at least a book a month. Catch up at the gym, on your commute, or while you’re doing laundry. Really, you can listen to books almost anytime.
6. Meal Kit Services
Cost: Terra's Kitchen meals start at $9.99 per serving
Not all meal delivery services are the same. Terra's Kitchen has over 50 meals you can choose from with quick and easy instructions. All ingredients are delivered pre-portioned and pre-chopped, and all meals can be cooked in 30 minutes or less. Don’t worry about having to be home for your shipment, either. The deliveries are made in a climate-controlled, eco-friendly vessel that’ll keep your meals fresh for the whole delivery day.
Cost: Pricing varies depending on who you hire
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to tackle a home repair or project you aren’t qualified for, especially when you’re short on time. TaskRabbit connects you with top-rated handymen for all your home service needs. From furniture moving to TV mounting, TaskRabbit will help you find the right person for the job. No need to make friends with the guy with the truck anymore. All you need to do is place your address, describe your job, and select the person for the job. Their services don’t stop there. TaskRabbits can help with everything from waiting in line for the new iPhone to picking up your dry cleaning to assembling IKEA furniture.
8. Clothing Subscription Services
Cost: Usually you pay for the items you buy minus the styling fee
Who has time to shop for clothes anymore? Driving to the mall, looking for the right sizes and fits, trying them all on - your day is over. Try using a delivery service that sends you outfits based on your style preferences and only pay for the goods you keep. Stitch Fix and Trunk Club set you up with a personal stylist who hand-picks pieces of clothing to send to your door. Try them on, pay for what you keep. It’s that simple.
9. On Demand Massages
Cost: $99 for a 60 minute massage
It can be difficult to schedule in time for personal care luxuries like massages, however, if some time frees up on your calendar you can schedule an on demand massage using Soothe. You can choose a male or female therapist, the style of massage and how long you want your session to last (between 60 and 120 minutes). Your therapist will arrive at your own home or even at your office with everything they need to give you a massage so you can just relax.
Spending your time wisely can help you get the most out of your life. There are services out there to help with almost anything you need. With meal delivery from Terra’s Kitchen, you’ll know you can prepare a healthy meal in 30 minutes or less. How will you use that extra time you’ll save? Get started today.