Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Put all your bill paying materials in one folder for easy access.

Use competition to get the kids dressed faster in the morning.

Melted butter makes faster, better cookies.

Easy bill paying

There's no question, paying bills can be a pain. To avoid wasting time or last-minute fees, try creating a bill-paying folder. Compile stamps, bills, envelopes and your checkbook into a pocketbook or day planner compartment, then whip those out the next time you are waiting for the doctor, the dentist, or even your morning latte in an extra-long Starbucks line.

Race to the finish

I have started having a contest with my son to see if he can get dressed before me. It is a lot less work than trying to get him to get dressed in the morning. I still have to check on him, but a lot less than before! If you have more than one child, have them race each other and reward the weekly winner with an extra half hour of TV on the weekend.

You make me melt

When making chocolate chip cookies, melt the butter and add it to the mixture. Not only will it cut down on stirring time, but it makes the best chocolate chip cookies ever.