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10 Things You Can Do Now That Your Kids Are Back in School

by Paige Estigarribia

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Schedules definitely can change during the summer. Kids are home more, and as a parent, you often have to adjust your own schedules and planning to accommodate your kids' at-home schedules and activities during the day. So as you prepare your kids for back to school, don't forget about adjusting your own schedule and planning too! If you're thinking about how you'll spend your time once the kids are back in the classroom, here are a few ideas to think about:

1. Take on a side gig.

Why not take on an extra job or start a side business? If you need extra income, and you have some extra time once the kids go back to school, research some options. You might find that the extra hours could also mean some extra dollars in your wallet. One option to check into is flexible work at Flexjobs.com. You can earn extra money working from home.

2. Clear out your clutter

Once the kids are back in school, why not spend some time cleaning out cluttered closets? Weed through all the clothes that no one wears, and go through books and other items no one is using. You can donate these items to charities in need, or you could even try to consign or sell online.

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3. Catch up on your favorite TV series.

Been meaning to watch the third season of House of Cards? Never got a chance to watch the third Sharknado? Want to catch up on the Hunger Games movies? Maybe you'll want to have a cup of tea and binge watch NETFLIX to your heart's content.

4. Watch funny cat videos uninterrupted.

No explanation needed, right? Check out the antics of your favorite felines online without a single interruption.

5. Exercise.

Have you been putting off the gym? Or avoiding that workout DVD? No time for a run during the summer? Now that the kids are back to school, it's the perfect time to shape up. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Yoga in the backyard, anyone?

6. Go to the spa.

You can definitely make an appointment for all things spa. Or you can also take some spa-time at home and pamper yourself in quiet house tranquility.

7. Plant a garden.

In many warmer parts of the country, fall is a great time to plant a garden. Consider heading out to your local plant nursery and gathering some fresh herbs and winter veggies to nurture in the months ahead. Visit The TDS Frugal Gardening Guide for some inspiration.

8. Take a nap.

Again, there's no explanation needed. Kids are at school and the house is quiet? You may just want to catch up on some sleep. No judgment here.

9. Bake yummy desserts.

There's nothing better than coming home from school and seeing a platter of freshly baked cookies on the counter. Just don't eat them all before the kids get home. There's nothing worse than smelling chocolate chip cookies and seeing only crumbs. Need a few recipe ideas? Then visit RecipeSecrets.net today!

10. Take a general time-out.

Refocus. Journal. Plan. If you have some hours of peace, take some time to think. Chances are that you'll have a plan of action for your next big move before the first week ends.

As we head into fall and the classroom doors open, don't forget about your schedule. As kids' schedules change too, we can also come up with our own plans for those extra hours in the day.

Reviewed September 2017

Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.

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