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5 time-saving services that take care of everyday tasks so you can get some hours back in your day

Instacart

Instacart
Get groceries delivered by Instacart here

What it is: A same-day grocery delivery service.

How much it costs: $3.99 - $14.99 per delivery (price varies by store and delivery time)

How it works: Make an account on Instacart (don't worry, it's free) and browse the grocery stores in your area. They have a pretty good selection of stores, including more local specialty stores, as well as wholesale stores like Costco. In New York, Whole Foods is one of the more popular options.

Pick a store, and then shop for your groceries as you would shop for anything else online — simply add whatever groceries you want to your cart. Instacart also shows you all the promotions and deals going on at your local grocery store, so while the delivery fee for some stores might seem expensive, it ultimately could save you money with easy-to-find deals you might not have noticed walking down the store aisles.

When you're done shopping, check out and choose a delivery window — this is when your food will be delivered right to your door. Delivery prices vary by store, but you can often snag free delivery deals. If you have other tasks to complete at home, this is a great way to save some time and get all the food you need.

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Handy

Handy
Make a Handy appointment today, here

What it is: An on-demand handyman and cleaning service.

How much it costs: Price varies based on task, zip code, and service date.

How it works: Pick the service you'd like, then the date and time when you'd like it done. Handy offers a wide range of services including home cleaning, home painting, furniture assembly, and housekeeping, among others. Handy recommends the amount of time you'll need to get different tasks done (for example, a cleaner will likely need more time to fully clean a large home than a small apartment). After filling out all of the information, Handy will send you a price quote. You can then book instantly — Handy appointments can be scheduled as early as one day in advance.

From there, you can easily use the Handy app to pay, reschedule your appointment, and communicate with your Handy professional. All Handy professionals are vetted, not only to ensure they have experience in their given field, but also to make sure they have a clean background. Additionally, you can see reviews of your Handy worker on the app, including how many jobs they've completed and their rating out of five stars. If you like shopping at Wayfair, you may be familiar with Handy — the two brands have a partnership to make furniture shopping and assembly easy.

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TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit
Find a TaskRabbit Tasker available near you here

What it is: A service that deals with just about any task you need done.

How much it costs: Price varies based on task, zip code, and service date.

How it works: TaskRabbit was one of the first time-saving services I'd ever encountered, and it's likely because of the breadth of the services they offer. You'll find the classic handyman and home cleaning services available, but TaskRabbit can also help you with a lot of niche tasks, too. Through TaskRabbit, you can pay someone to organize your closet, do research for you, help you move, build your IKEA furniture, bartend at your party, or even wait in a line for you. Once you choose the task you're interested in, you'll see a list of all of the qualified professionals aka "Taskers" in your area and how much they charge. TaskRabbit uses independent contractors who all set their own hourly rates — you can filter Taskers by their rates, number of positive reviews, and tasks completed to find the right person for the job.

Once you find the right Tasker for the job, schedule your appointment either online or on the app. You can usually find available appointments for the day of, or you can book further out — it really depends on the schedule of your Tasker. The day-of booking is particularly convenient in the case that you think you can do something yourself, but then realize you don't have the right tools or enough time.

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Amazon Home Services

Amazon Home Services
Book an Amazon home & business service here

What it is: A selection of home services offered on Amazon.

How much it costs: Price varies based on service, zip code, and other factors.

How it works: Just when you thought the list of Amazon's products and services couldn't get any bigger, you can now count on the e-commerce behemoth to help you out with housekeeping services, furniture assembly, technology installation, and home maintenance.

There are two ways to find the services and providers available in your area. You can search for services you need specifically at any time, but you can also choose to add installation to many of your Amazon orders.

When you pick the service you'd like, Amazon will give you an estimate based on your location and a few job-specific factors. Some services may not be offered in certain locations — it all depends on the pros that Amazon has available at any given time. Amazon is very transparent about exactly what the fee will get you, and provides information about how to change your appointment and what additional requests might be available as part your service. If you already have an Amazon account, using this service will be easy.

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Thumbtack

Thumbtack
Make an appointment with a Thumbtack pro here

What it is: A service that pairs you with pros in all different fields.

How much it costs: Price varies based on service, location, desired appointment date, and other factors.

How it works: You can find professionals in all sorts of fields on Thumbtack. On the easy-to-use app (or online), search for the service you're looking for — Thumbtack offers a huge selection from event DJs to makeup artists, piano teachers to painters, and lots more. Once you've decided what you want and put in your zip code, you'll see the pros in your area. In order to get a full price estimate, you'll need to put in some more info about what you need specifically. Then, you'll get to see everyone in your area who can help you out. Each professional has a profile with ratings, reviews, and their typical pricing.

Once you've looked around, you can schedule your appointment right through the app or website. Lots of professionals have their contact information on their profile, so you can clear up any questions you may have before your appointment. The interface is very informative, making it feel comfortable to use for the first time. Thumbtack has roots in all fifty states, and not just in the big cities — you can find Thumbtack pros in small towns across the country too.

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