I think I became allergic to grocery shopping a while ago.
The whole finding a car park (sometimes in the rain), often forgetting my list, then the kids asking to buy a bazillion things… that’s before the lining up at the register, packing the groceries in the car… blah blah. Yuk!
When I was studying Permaculture, I did an assignment on waste, I chose to be more specific and made it about ‘waste of time’.
I kept a daily log so I could record and figure out where I was spending all of my time. It completely opened my eyes.
I discovered, going grocery shopping was costing me nearly two hours a week.
Drive and find car park = 20 mins
Shop = 1 hr
Pack car and drive home = 20 mins
then 10 mins to unpack car
That’s a total of 104 hours a year!
That’s when I joined the online grocery shopping community!
People used to tell me online shopping was more expensive and you have to pay over $10 for delivery, but it probably costs me $10 in fuel anyway.
Shopping online, you can see what you’ve ordered previously, and at the click of the button add those items to the cart again.
In my opinion, online shopping saves money and having it delivered to your kitchen counter, save loads of time!
Here are the 4 Simple Steps to Save Time Grocery Shopping
Step 1. Shopping Checklist
I have a Home Shopping Checklist with a section for each of the rooms in our home.
For example, on my Home Shopping Checklist there is a section for our ensuite and it has a list of all the items we need in there. I look at the item on the list, check to see if we are running low on stocks and if it’s time to re-order.
There is a section for each area of the home including the bathroom, pantry, even the cupboard under the kitchen sink.
Using this Home Shopping Checklist has helped me make sure all of the essentials are stocked. No more using tissues for toilet paper lol.
Step 2. Meal Plan
I use The Busy Mums Weekly Checklist to map out what’s for dinner and who’s cooking each night.
It helps me work out what ingredients I need to order for the week ahead, saving lots of little trips down to the corner store. Even more time saved!
Step 3. Order Online
When I log in online, I immediately book in my preferred delivery time slot.
It’s becoming more popular, so it’s best to get in a day or two before you would like delivery to take place.
Then using my shopping list, I just add the items to the cart.
It takes about 15-20 mins each time. It will take a little bit longer on your first order as you will need to set up your account.
There are many benefits to ordering groceries online. For example:
- Get a lot of your items on sale. When ordering online you can type in the search field “bread” for example and then click on the specials tab and it will list the different types of bread currently on special
- Compare prices in seconds while sitting at your home computer, saving money
- It stops you buying extra stuff
- Helps you stick to a budget, you can easily remove items so you can keep within your weekly shopping budget
- Reduces the chances of you buying take-out, as you have all the food you already need
- Items you ordered previously. You can scroll through and just add those normal weekly things to the cart again, instead of having to search for them each week
Step 4. Delivered to your Kitchen Counter
When the lovely delivery driver arrives, make sure your kitchen counter tops are clear, ready for them to place all of the grocery bags.
No more going back and forth carrying shopping bags. Yay!!!
To some it may seem lazy, to others it may seem smart, but honestly I have so many other things I need to do on a weekly basis that are way more important than grocery shopping lol.
So basically you can save a total of 1 and 1/2 hours every week by grocery shopping on line.
That’s 78 hours a year. If you are paid an hourly rate, 78 times any $ rate is a fair bit of money each year.
If you want to save even more time… Download my FREE Home Shopping Checklist below.
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It’s time to get organised and stop rushing
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