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Making Time for the Mundane: A Guide to Shopping in a Time Crunch

Thursday, June 14, 2018

As working (and studying) women, we don't have a lot of time. There's always something that needs to be done and absolutely no time to do it. This can mean important things like shopping for groceries or replacing that threadbare sweater often don't get done on time or efficiently. Here are some tips to cut down the time you spend shopping for the necessities so that you can get back to doing what it takes to be a #girlboss.

 

Shop Online

In recent years, online shopping has become the way to go and for good reason. If you're not shopping online, you're missing out on an effective strategy that could save you both time and money. This is by far the easiest way to get much-needed products into your hands.

 

For those you don't trust everything that's online, try buying the things you've used before. With programs like Amazon Dash Buttons, you can reorder your favorite items at the press of a button. There's no need remember to run to the store after work to pick up a tube of toothpaste.

 

Loyalty programs and email subscriptions are making shopping online an obvious choice over brick-and-mortar stores. How often do you walk into your favorite boutique and someone hands you a coupon for 10, 20, or 30% off your purchase? Almost never. You go in, grab what you need, grab a few things you don't need and check out. Online, you can save hundreds by signing up for loyalty programs that send you coupons you can use instantly at checkout. Pro tip: send all these emails to a junk or old email account. That email with the embarrassingly lame username from high school is a great place to collect discounts and coupons.

 

Plan Ahead

It is the worst feeling when you're home from a long day at work and all you want to do is relax, grab a snack, and hit up Netflix, only to realize that your pantry is empty and all you have left is two cans of tomato paste (true story). Don't let this happen to you!

 

We plan for everything else in our lives: meetings, appointments, social events. Why not plan when you need to go shopping? Knowing ahead of time will reduce those stressful late-night grocery runs or the urge to just order pizza, three nights in a row.

 

On your days off, make a list, check out what stores have sales and get ready. Your future self will thank you when she has more than frozen TV dinners to eat.

 

Pay Someone Else

There are times when you just need to delegate tasks. Websites like TaskRabbit will find people to shop for you. All you do is tell them what you need and they take care of everything else. Now you have time to take care of everything else in your life.

 

Call the Delivery Boy

Along with shopping online, you can have your groceries delivered now. Many big chain stores like Walmart and CVS have options where you order online and they'll deliver the groceries right to your car. No need to spend hours in the store trying to find basmati rice for your new Pinterest recipe.

 

Some stores will even deliver groceries straight to your address. In college, there was one main grocery store on campus but luckily they delivered, so more kids rather had groceries delivered to their apartments than lugging bags across campus. Programs like this save hours of time in the store and you don't even have to take the groceries out of your car.

 

I hope these tips where a helpful for you to take back those hours you've spent wandering a grocery store or lost in the racks at a retailer. Find me at thepoboxblog.com and let me know if you use any of the tips above.