5 Ultimate Holiday Hacks

Holiday season is upon us once again.

If that sentence generates instant anxiety, you probably feel like you never have enough time or money during the holidays. But fear not, there are shortcuts to make your life easier at this time of year.

It’s important to take care of yourself, reduce stress and actually enjoy the festivities. Here are five holiday hacks to make your meals and entertainment simple.

Take advantage of apps

You name the holiday issue, and there’s a handy program to help simplify your life, get the best deals and save time. For example, there are apps for couponing, managing grocery lists, holiday gift buying, party planning, budget tracking and making smart food choices in the store. You’ll even find apps for beauty and makeup tips and for sharing your to-do list with other people in your home (delegation is key!).

Order online

Who needs the hassle of taking time out to shop with the masses at this busy time of year? Take advantage of online grocery ordering through PC Express and have someone do it for you. Hot tip: A PC Insiders1 subscription has the edge with no pick-up fee on online grocery orders with PC Express, free shipping and 20% back in PC Optimum points on purchases at Joe Fresh (blackout periods apply), and free shipping on online orders of items in the Beauty Boutique Luxury Beauty section at shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Make quick and easy dinners

Slow cookers and pressure cookers are your best friends when it comes to preparing yummy, healthy dinners with minimal effort. Toss ingredients into your slow cooker in the morning, switch it on and arrive home at the end of the day to the aroma of a fully cooked meal. Burdened by last-minute dinner decisions? A pressure cooker can help slash the time and energy needed to prepare a meal.

Prepare ahead of time

Cooking and baking are two of those to-dos that can be done early in the season. Most holiday baked goods, such as cookies, pies and tarts, can stand up to being frozen in advance and thawed when you need them. And a home-cooked frozen dinner can also taste as good as fresh, especially when made with fresh ingredients (remember: PC Insiders subscribers earn 20% back in points on all PC Organics products). Save your last minutes for activities that truly need to be done at the last minute.

Use a laser projector for your outdoor lights

Who’s got time for installing—or uninstalling—elaborate outdoor holiday displays and lights? Go easy on yourself and still catch the eyes of passers-by with an easy-peasy laser light projector.

Put these five tips into action and you’re sure to have the time, money and frame of mind to enjoy your best holiday season.