CLOSED!!! New Windows Phone 7 – Giveaway

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 17, 2010

Update: This giveaway is now closed! And, the winner is…

LisaE says, “As many others have said, lists, lists, and more lists. It is such a great feeling crossing off everything I have accomplished in any given day!”

**Winner has been notified via email with further instructions.  Plus, stay tuned for the upcoming $5 Dinners 12 Days of Christmas – Cookbook Giveaway beginning December 12th!**

I’m often asked…”How do you manage it all?”

The answer is simple, a basic principle…”Do more with less.”  I have a number of “systems” in place that help increase my productivity and other tools that help me best manage my time.  All these systems and time management tricks, allow me to do more in less time.

I am all for tools that help me do more with less. And the brand new Windows Phone 7 does just that!

I want to help you do more with less. I want to give you a tool that will help you accomplish more. That’s why I’m thrilled to be giving away 1 Windows Phone 7. The giveaway is open through the end of the month.

Official Contest Rules. See entry details below…

Giveaway Details

1. Contest ends November 29th at midnight EST. (That’s 2 weeks away!)  Winners will be announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

2. Entry: Leave a comment just sharing one tip that helps you be more productive or creative in managing your time.

3. You may enter one time per day.

4. Winner will be selected by

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*Disclosure: This giveaway is brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7. Less tech tired. More tech trendy: Learn about Windows Phone online [] and see it in person at local T-Mobile stores today. Click Command: []

Diane November 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

When I cook/bake anything, I clean as I go so I don’t have a lot of dishes at the end.

Christine M November 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I ask others with kids how they manage their time and find that their advice helps too, I’m not afraid to ask for help =)

Lisa Ault November 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I buy vegetables that are often used in cooking in bulk chop and freeze them and that makes cooking days easier.

Gail November 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I use a pretty lanyard on my car, house, etc key chain with the ONE store membership scan card that I use the most on it. I can see at a glance where my keys are and that I have them. No more locking myself out of the house or locking my keys in the car. BUT – if I do, the spare set with all of the rest of the store scanning keychain ‘cards’ (organized) are on this spare set, always in the bottom of my purse. I may walk off without my keys, but always have my purse – with the spares tucked inside.

Turtle Mom November 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm

This phone would help keep me organized so that I can do more with less!

JB November 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

One way we do more with less is with leftovers. Especially during Thanksgiving time. An example would be using ham for lunch sandwiches and using the leftover turkey for quesadillas or my favorite turkey and tortilla soup!

Wardell M November 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Plan your saturdays to be big cleaning days and get stuff done that you didnt get done throughout the wk done on this day

Jose D November 28, 2010 at 11:38 pm

How to do more with less? I have in my own house a soda vending machine, when I feel like drinking one, I buy one. At the end of certain period

of time, I open the vending machine to recollect my profit!!!

Kate November 28, 2010 at 11:43 pm

do more with less for me means staying organized

Schmidty November 29, 2010 at 12:06 am

Doing more for less means delegating more responsibilities to the kids so my time can be used more productively.

Sarah Davis November 29, 2010 at 7:29 am

I stay organized by sticking to a schedule and making shopping lists and planing appropriately.

Shannon Runnels November 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

When baking/cooking, I make a double batch so we can freeze some.
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LisaE November 29, 2010 at 9:17 am

During the Christmas season, I keep a running list of presents bought for everyone. I keep a master list with everyone’s name and under it items I plan to buy, then another list for everything already bought. This way, I know who still needs to be bought for and what I have so I am not standing in a store wondering if I should buy a product or not because I couldn’t remember if I already bought it.

I also write down every price next to items I bought so I can compare prices and make sure I have the best deal.

Alyssa Stec November 29, 2010 at 9:57 am

My calendar never leaves my side. ;)

Erica Best November 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

i use baking soda to clean and green and it saves alot of money.

Lori November 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

On my keys I have a clip to attach them to either my purse or my belt loop so I never lose track of them!

Lauraj November 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Mine isn’t earth-shattering, but I’m just learning how many dishes I can make double the batch and freeze half for later. Waffles during the week are awesome and only take a few extra minutes on Saturdays!

k8t November 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Is this phone going to be on T-Mobile?

Christen Flowers November 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I always clean as I go and I get my kids to help me. It saves time and we spend time together.

Diane November 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm

When I have made a large bird for dinner (whole chicken or turkey), when dinner is done, I remove the remaining meat and immediately start making my stock. I can allow it to simmer overnight then turn off in the morning for draining and putting in individual containers.

Christine M November 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I like to cook my meats when I first buy it weigh it and freeze it so that for meals I can just dump the precooked food in and dont have to wait for it to thaw.

Diana November 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

There is only me, but I have never quite learned how to cook only enough for one after my divorce. So I put half on my plate, and put the other half in the refrigerator for leftovers either the next night or sometime later in the week.

JB November 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I do more with less by combining my errands into one drive and trip so I save gas. An example would be going to the store, post office and barbershop in one trip, rather than going at different times of the week. This way, I can do more with the money I have because of the less money I have to spend on gas!

Kate November 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

doing more with less for me means staying organized and planning ahead

Jose D November 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I used to check my email through a browser; a few months ago I started using an email client. Now I can check all my email accounts at the same time! That’s doing more with less!

Turtle Mom November 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I keep lists on a chalkboard so they can be added to, changed, and deleted easily.

ANGIE November 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm

One thing that has made me more productive is putting my grocery list on my phone. I can’t count the times I got to the store and LOST MY LIST! Then I was in a world of hurt just tossing things in the basket. I feel much more organized being paperless! I just have to keep up with my phone now :)

Sarah P November 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

When I come home from work at the end of the day, do everything I need to do (laundry, dinner, cleaning, kids ready for bed) before I sit down. Once I sit down, I tend not to get back up!

Justin Castillo November 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Glue paper plates under paint cans instead of newspapers. It will save the time and space as well as paint stains from ruining the floor.

Joshua November 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I finish all of the things that require less work and is easier and I spend the most time on things that take more work and thought.

Pammie November 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I prepare my next day’s lunch as I am putting away leftovers from dinner. Save me time in the morning for sure!

Eileen November 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

We are lucky..YES lucky, we have a teen that loves to run errands! We send her to the store for groceries and she loves it! While she learns about prices and couponing, we have extra time to manage the household. Plus, she gets out of dishes and laundry help. I’m Ok with that! win, win!

Elisa November 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I stay organized by using a calender/dry erase board on the fridge. I make sure to put all the kids appts, etc on there so we keep on top of everything.
I also keep a running grocery list on the fridge so if I think of something I right it down, so that way I dont forget things at the store.

Katy November 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I get my almost 2 year old to help me with the laundry :) I hand him the wet clothes and he puts them in the dryer. Saves me time and my back!

Susan J November 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm


Heather Reese November 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I spend time before hand to plan out whatever it is that I’m doing so that i won’t waste time once I’m doing it!

Bill L November 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I sync my work and personal calendars to keep all appointments in line so I don’t overbook my time

Jennifer N November 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I use a weekly planner. PAPER version. I love my smart phone calendar and use it for bdays, appts, etc. but for DAILY things like to do lists, homeschooling, etc. I find having a paper planner IN FRONT of me is much more effective!!

Vicki November 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm

A kitchen calendar with tons of notes on it – couldn’t live without it!

Linda November 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I find that keeping a running list of tasks (phone calls to be made, paperwork, etc) helps to keep me focused on what I need to accomplish. It also doesn’t seem so overwhelming when I see it in print and I am able to cross off what I have taken care of. What I don’t complete today, starts my list for tomorrow.

Cindy Wong November 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I keep recipes on my phone. Ready and accessible at spill times.

Jessica November 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm

In order to be more productive, I rely heavily on my spouse. If you’re a control freak like me, this is no easy task, but there is no end to the gratitude and sheer opportunity one can feel when the weight is lifted off your shoulders. Sharing the tasks simply makes for better time management.

Lori Wintrow November 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I try to cook some items ahead, for example make taco meat, sloppy joes, ect, and freeze for a future meal. I also will double a recipe and freeze half for later.

Glenda November 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Google Calendar!!

Jennifer November 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I use my current cell phone’s calendar options to alert me ahead of time of things needed to be done, if there is a dead line.

Glenda Penny November 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Organizer keeps me on track

melly November 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm

i convince myself if i hurry up and get all my cleaning and stuff out of the way in the morning before the kids go to school i will be able to go back to school when the bus picks them up. hahah gives me that boost of energy i need….even if i DONT end up going back to sleep like i had hoped LOL

Craig November 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I’ve been doing more kitchen cleaning with less effort after buying a Roomba. It’s a pet that cleans my home… awesome!

Stacy November 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Lists help more than anything and keep me on track and feeling accomplished!

Cathy D November 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I use a daily/weekly routine to keep me on track!

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