Speed through your to-do list
Map out the stops you have in counter-clockwise order and you'll never have to sit in a traffic line or make a left-hand turn.
Avoid supermarket crowds by shopping on Mondays and Tuesdays, when grocery stores are usually least crowded.
Forget to pick up the pumpkin pie spice? Check Foodsubs.com for ways to replace the missing ingredient with something you already have on hand.
To stave off a whinefest during errands, make your kid her own picture shopping list. She'll be so busy trying to find the onions for the stuffing that she'll forget she's bored.
Fake a great dessert by sprucing up a ready-made mix
Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake Mix
Add one package (10 oz.) of peanut butter chips to batter and frost with dark chocolate frosting. Top with a dollop of whipped cream for extra holiday flair.
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
Add 1 Tbs of lemon juice to the mix and sprinkle decorative sugar on top.
Pillsbury Pumpkin Quick Bread and Muffin Mix
Follow quick-bread directions and drizzle raspberry sauce over slices. (For raspberry sauce, melt 1 Tbs of seedless raspberry preserves per slice in the microwave.)