I look to save time wherever I can. It’s simple really…I have 24 hours at my disposal every day.
I really like to use 8 of them to sleep.
I use 2 of them for my morning routine for me and the kids.
I use 7 of them to work.
I use 4 of them to help kids with homework, make dinner and enjoy my family.
I use 3 of them to reconnect with my hubby after the kids go to bed.
And that’s 24 hours. I use to try to fight with time (as if I was going to win that one) and try to find ways to get more hours out of my day. I tried not sleeping (guess who suffered more with that plan). I tried pouting, getting mad and even giving people I love the most, less of my hours. None of these tactics brought me any closer to a solution for the real problem.
The real problem wasn’t time, it was how I used my time and more poignantly … How I felt about myself after the fact.
So I started getting creative on how I could feel good about “getting it all done” but maybe not have to be doing “it all” myself.
Over the years, I’ve come up with a combination of strategies that have helped me feel more in control. Things like a 5-Minute makeup routine, “Fred” my robot mop and having my groceries delivered. By themselves they may not make a big difference, but put them together and magic starts to happen.
Today I’m starting a new series,’time savers’ and to kick things off, I want to share one of the ways I won back time. Grocery Deliveries.
Now most of the time when I tell someone that I have my groceries delivered, they I either give me a funny look that seems to translate to “a bit pretentious are we?” or I’m told, “I would l-o-v-e to do that!”
Well why don’t you? If you live in or near any big cities there is probably an option for delivery! And guess what! It’s been HUGE in saving me time, guilt and…wait for it…Money! Bet you didn’t see that one coming!
Here’s why I…
SAVE TIME: With Safeway, you can download an app to your phone, when I run out of something I just scan the bar code with my phone and it automatically adds it to my list. Once I’m ready, I pick a delivery window for the next day and groceries are delivered. They are even organized into categories refrigerator, pantry and freezer items, which makes putting up the groceries a breeze. No running to the store or dragging all the groceries from the car inside. They literally show up right at my front door. And if I don’t like the quality of any items, I can refuse it. I never have so far, but it’s nice to have that ability. Yes! It’s that awesome!
SAVE ON GUILT: I feel like a pretty crappy mom every time the fridge gets empty, but I also can not stand grocery shopping. This creates a constant conflict between knowing I should go and deciding I can put it off one more
day week. The result is I feel guilty because I know I need to go grocery shopping. I know my kids deserve fresh produce and not just the food storage and I know it’s a lot easier to make dinner when your fridge consists of more than just pickles and mayo but at the same time… I just don’t feel like going! Enter grocery delivery and at least this problem has been solved.
SAVE MONEY: I’ll totally admit that I did not see this one coming. I was thinking, okay I’ll pay a little more, but gosh dang it, it’s going to be worth it! Well it turns out I’m saving money because I’m not impulse buying. I’m not adding all those extra items into my cart as I walk down the aisles. I make my meal plan over the weekend, add everything to my list and then groceries are delivered Monday morning. In addition there is always some promo discount for free delivery so I don’t think I’ve ever paid for delivery yet, but even if I did need to – at least with Safeway, if you’re willing to take a larger delivery window (like 4 hours) then they will take $6 off your delivery charge making it almost free.
So there you go…that’s my grocery delivery story! Making the decision to try out grocery deliveries was one of those relatively simple changes that has made a world of difference! If you like the idea…give it a try yourself! You don’t have to commit, just try it for yourself and see what you think!
I’d love to hear about it! Or if you already do have groceries delivered, share your experience in the comments!