Money and Time. These are two things of which everyone wishes that they had more. Unfortunately, rarely ever does one gain more of one resource without sacrificing some of the other, which begs the question: does money really buy happiness? Research suggests that may be the case.
Research does not say that you need to be RICH to be happy, but it does suggest that money can buy happiness if that money is spent on items and activities that would save you time versus purchasing material goods. The lead author of the study said that individuals who splurged on time-saving services reported greater overall happiness levels. According to two surveys of more than 6,000 people, time-saving purchases include things like taking a cab, paying for laundering services, hiring household help, and ordering takeout.
The study also revealed that it didn’t matter if study participants were well-off or poor. Individuals benefited from purchasing time regardless of how much disposable income they had in their pockets.
If you find yourself with a bit of extra cash at the end of each month but constantly feel as if you never have enough time, it may be time to loosen the purse strings a bit and splurge on some time-saving services. Below are just a few that are relatively inexpensive that may still end up saving your sanity.
Professional Cleaning Services
According to the Pew Research Center, moms spend on average 53 hours a week taking care of someone or something other than herself. While the research also suggests that dads help out more than they used to, moms still spend twice as much time on at-home duties than their male partners.
Despite who does what, both Mom and Dad can relieve some of the time pressure by hiring professional cleaning services. A professional cleaner can deep clean your home in half the time it takes you to do a surface clean, and the services don’t cost all that much in the grand scheme of things. Yet, they could save you up to 20 hours of your life, making such services well worth the splurge.
Wealth is health, right? According to almost every study ever done on the subject, yes, it is. However, most people cannot find it in their schedules to work out for even 30 minutes a day at least, not if there is no one holding them accountable. Personal trainers offer that level of accountability that a mere membership simply does not. Plus, personal trainers are more apt to help you reach your fitness goals than you are on your own, as they can help you identify your weaknesses and use your strengths to tone areas of the body that you would, on your own, have no idea how to work out.
Don’t underestimate the power of delivery services; any type of delivery service. Whether you want to get your new car delivered or simply want the standard take out, opt for the assist. By getting your groceries delivered, you can save up to three hours a week on travel and shopping time alone. When you order takeout once or twice a week, that’s one to three hours you get to keep for yourself. If you really want to step up your time-saving game, have your laundry picked up, laundered for you, and delivered back to your front door for an additional four hours a week of your life back.
Invest in Meal Delivery Services
If you’re one of those people who runs to the grocery store every day after work because you “forgot to thaw meat once again,” or if you spend more than two hours total prepping and cooking a meal, your life will be changed by meal delivery services. Most meals-in-a-box require 30 minutes of your time, and most subscriptions cost less than $100 a work week; for two meals a day for two people. Your weekly grocery bill is probably more than that. By investing in meal delivery services, you can cut meal prep and grocery shopping time and it wouldn’t cost you much more to do so.
There are hundreds of services out there designed to make your life easier, many of which are not all that expensive. If you have a little bit of disposable income left over at the end of the month, invest in a few. You may be happier for doing so.