When Ella was young, it was a whole ordeal to take her to the store. Ensuring she was fed, changed, timing it so it was between nap times so she wouldn’t be cranky, packing up all the essentials for our trip out and then driving around looking for a relatively close spot (of course all the family spots near the front were ALWAYS taken) and finally we’d get into the store! Now that she’s a little older I now have to deal with her dragging her feet walking down the shopping isle, wanting to stop to look at things or nagging me to buy something for her.
Regardless of the stage, taking a child shopping with you always makes the trip twice as long! This coupled with working full-time makes it very difficult to carve out spare time when we’re running around doing errands all weekend long. Then I discovered that I could save all this hassle and save myself 2-3hrs each week!
I’m now obsessed with on-line shopping as it’s proven to save me a couple hours a week not having to drive all around town picking up groceries, toiletries, household items, clothes and the list goes on. You’d be surprised if you added up your driving time and the time you spent in the store how much time it takes weekly to run all of these errands. This coupled with dragging Ella around makes the process even longer.
Here are the sites I use to get everything accomplished and done even before Ella wakes up in the morning!
1. Amazon.com/Amazon.ca – if you are a prime member, you get guaranteed 2 day free shipping on almost anything you purchase (no minimum). If you are not interested in paying the prime membership fee, free shipping is offered with a minimum $35 order. It doesn’t take much to get to $35 and regular shipping is also quite quick. I find I get items within 5 days for many of my purchases.
2. Walmart.com/Walmart.ca – I absolutely HATE going into a Walmart store because of line ups regardless of when I go. Having an on-line option is awesome! Free shipping with a minimum of $50 purchase. Their sale items in the store are available on-line as well. You can order for delivery pretty much anything except fresh groceries items.
3. OldNavy.com/Gap.com – not only do they provide free shipping with a $50 minimum purchase but there is free shipping to return items as well! Most of Ella’s clothes are bought from here now.
4. GroceryGateway.com – although you have to pay for delivery ($10), they have coupon books which you can buy twice a year which makes delivery either free of half the price. Their customer service is excellent – anything ordered that you are not happy with they will credit back to your account. I got raspberries that came and were a little “squished” when they arrived. I called and with no hassle I received the discount.
There are a few other on-line retailers I purchase from but the above 4 have made my need to visit a store virtually non-existent. Those precious 2-3 hours a week adds up to 8-12hrs per month or over 100 hours in a year. Hours much better used for family time, instead of maneuvering through the shopping isles!
Any other tips on how you find time savings for your family each week? Comment and share below.
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