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Especially during the holidays, it seems like there are always more things to do than minutes in the day. Groceries to buy, cards to mail, gifts to wrap, dry cleaning to drop off...before you know it, you're drowning in the details and have forgotten to stop and enjoy the season.
Weeks like this one, leading up to Thanksgiving, always have me daydreaming that I were someone fancy, with a driver and a personal assistant — someone who doesn't stress but delegates and gets shit done. Thankfully, my friend and fellow "SheEO" Leah Busque has taken that frustration and turned it into an amazing and affordable service called TaskRabbit, where you can literally post your to-do list online along with how much you'd be willing to pay someone to do each thing, people in your area bid for your business within about half an hour, and run your errands for you.
Leah and her husband came up with the idea one night on their way out to dinner when they realized they had no dog food for their beloved yellow lab, Kobe, and wished there were someone they could call. Well, now there is — at least if you live in Boston or San Francisco, with NYC, Chicago and LA coming soon. Imagine paying someone to stand in line for you at the mall on Black Friday or to brave the grocery store tomorrow to pick up the Thanksgiving turkey, sides, and fixings.
In the spirit of giving thanks, TaskRabbit is selecting one lucky member using their service for holiday grocery shopping to treat to Thanksgiving dinner and will pay for their groceries, as well as donating $5 to your local food bank while simultaneously giving you $5 off your task. Use code TURKEY when you sign up at TaskRabbit.com before Wednesday evening, or use code PAL503 any time this holiday season to get $10 off your first task.
Watch this super adorable video, starring Leah and Kobe straight from TaskRabbit HQ, for more info on how it works:
OK, so now that your to-do list is outsourced, you can focus on properly lubricating the family functions for less. We have help for that, too:
Story: Copyright 2010, Shoestring LLC. Image: Copyright, Christian Science Monitor.