Save Time and $$: Stop Running Errands (Over and over and over…) November 8, 2017 Perhaps you love running errands. Maybe you love shopping. I love neither. I detest errands and shopping. The expense, hassle and time spent. But, of course, there are items – food, clothing, supplies, etc. – that I need for my family, our home and my business. Errands and shopping are a necessary evil. I have been pondering how to spend less time, money and hassle on running errands and shopping. I’ve talked to a lot of people also working on the same challenge, and we’ve learned a lot from each other! Why Change Your Shopping and Errand Running Ways? Here are a few examples of why: I want to make more client time available in my schedule which means streamlining some recurring errands and tasks. A friend travels for work, and is looking to streamline the household errands and shopping to spend more time together with family on weekends. A client has chronic health problems that make shopping or running errands difficult, and lugging supplies into the house nearly impossible. How to Change Your Ways: Answer the questions: What tasks / errands do you regularly run? Grocery or groceries, cleaners, coffee, bakery, post office, bank, pharmacy? Pay Attention: For a week, take note of Where Your time Goes. Are you running off to the same place multiple times in a week? A couple of grocery runs, dropping off cleaning, a handful to trips to the ATM or bank? Which of those tasks / errands / places could you complete less often? Just once weekly, or even monthly? If you HAVE to run errands, bundle what you can. I bundle the Errands I absolutely have to run onto one morning per week. I don’t need to run them more than once a week. These may include: the cleaners to drop off and pick up; gas up my van; drop off donations for myself or for clients; or in-person banking if necessary. More Importantly, what Errands could you eliminate entirely? This week, I asked my FB community: “What is one regular errand you have been able to outsource or delete?” Groceries / Household Supplies: Scan-n-Go app for Sam’s club has been a major game changer. My husband and kids even come with me now that I don’t have to wait in that line! (KB) Mariano’s click list I order my groceries online call them from the parking lot and they load my groceries in the trunk. They even give me 2 free cookies. (ND) Love Peapod! Use them almost exclusively because I do not like grocery shopping. (KK) InstaCart app (favorite groceries will deliver!) (BK/CK) Amazon Fresh for groceries when I don’t have time to go. (MK, KB) Amazon Prime Pantry for cleaning supplies, toiletries and paper products delivered monthly (NR, DCD, MK, LB) Amazon for lots of little purchases, saving time, gas, and most importantly, aggravation. (LB) Melaleuca.com, my first foray into home delivered household supplies! (Me!!) Gifts / Cards: Gift giving. Sending an electronic gift card to out-of-town family saves me 1.) having to go to the store to search for a gift, and 2.) having to wrap and make a trip to the USPS to mail said gift. (JB) Send out cards for sending g thank you cards and such. You can even attach gifts. (MK) Errands: I reserve my library books online. That way, despite having to go pick it up my reads at the library, they are at least waiting for me at the circulation desk, and I don’t need to search for them in the stacks. I guess true outsourcing for this would be using an e-book for reading on a Kindle or Nook. : (JB and SM) Mail-order prescriptions in 3-month supplies. No more long lines at the pharmacy! (MJS) I have Chewy.com deliver my 30 lb bag of dog food every 5 weeks and I get great reminder emails when they are ready to ship the next box. I can move the auto ship out another week if they still have food or ship immediately if they are almost out. No more trips to the pet store to break my back on dog food. (AB) Mobile banking is a big timesaver. (LB) Chase quick pay and deposit (BO) Auto pay for bills. (MK) Stitch Fix (Me!!!): I just received my third monthly Stitch Fix. This is an on-line styling and shopping website that sends me an great outfit every month based on my own preferences. I can choose to keep as many of the items they send or none at all. For this self-proclaimed non-shopper, this is GOLD!! Target.com (Me!!) I shop at Target every other week for household items like paper goods, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Amazon Pantry doesn’t carry a few of the items we regularly buy, so recently, I set up my on-line account at Target.com, paid with my Target Red Card credit card for free shipping, and received my first shipment. They were delivered to my door. It was beautiful. So, in the interest of saving time, money and hassle, what errands are you willing to outsource or delete entirely?! Let’s Go!