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In today’s busy world, it seems like we’re in such a rush that there’s not enough time to get it all done – let alone eat. That’s why anything that gives us time back in our day, from life hacks to cooking hacks and more, should be embraced.

But do life hacks really save time?

Yes! New research suggests that those little tips and tricks save Americans almost four hours of effort each week. That’s according to a survey of 2,002 people, 41% of whom actively use the term “life hack” to describe these types of efficiency shortcuts. One-fourth of those familiar with the term claim that life hacks save them six or more hours per week.

The most popular life hacks were those focused around cooking, with 54% saying they use a hack in the kitchen.

Top cooking hacks included batch cooking meals for the whole week (41%), boiling potatoes with skins on for easier removal (40%) and using microwaveable rice (39%). 

The study also found parents are more likely to use life hacks which isn’t surprising given 78% of the respondents with children wish there were more hours in the day.

Add back to school season into the mix and it’s one of the most stressful times of the year for parents. But they had great tips to share.

Popular parental life hacks included buying snacks in bulk to split up for individual lunches (43%), getting the kids to pack their own lunches to build confidence and save time (42%), and filling homemade snack bags with air to stop the items getting crushed (40%). Additionally, one in three parents have frozen juice packs to keep all the items in their child’s lunch bag cold during the day (33%).

Our favorite hack? 4 step No Recipe Recipes to create delicious meals with minimal to no cooking!

But no matter the life hack, the most important thing is to save time on daily life tasks, so we can slow down and enjoy time – and hopefully a meal – with those who matter most.