Whether you have embraced a minimalist lifestyle or not, you still need to go shopping for essentials like groceries, a new toilet seat to replace the one that broke, or a new pillow to replace the one you’ve had for way too long. The world of shopping has certainly changed over the last few months. We don’t just pop out and pick up a few things anymore.
Going out shopping isn’t as much fun as it was either. You have to wear your mask, follow directional arrows, keep your distance from other shoppers and disinfect your hands each time you get back in the car. If you weren’t an online shopper before this, you may be now at least for some items. And if you still haven’t embraced “click and collect” or “free delivery”, you might want to consider doing so.
Use a Shopping App on Your Phone
One piece of technology that I have embraced in the last few months is an app called Out of Milk. I researched and wrote about grocery apps several years ago but didn’t use one myself at the time. I have absolutely no idea why not because this little gem is a lifesaver. I have created lists not only for groceries but also by store for specialty items. I also have a list of meal ideas, things to do, things to bring to the family reunion and so on.
When you have completed buying an item or doing something you simply tap the checkbox and the item moves to your completed list where you can retrieve it later if you wish or delete it. I find that when I am doing my online grocery order the list on Out of Milk keeps me from buying things I don’t need and allows me to check items off as I place them in the cart.
Embrace “Click and Collect” Shopping
I have to say that going to the grocery store to pick up your groceries that someone else has put in your grocery cart is pretty darn awesome. The only mistake I have made was not paying attention to the size of the package and ending up with enough broccoli for a month.
I don’t know about you but I have always been a person who shopped at multiple grocery stores so I do find that I have to go to the second store in person to choose the bananas the way I like them and to get a few things that the other store doesn’t carry. However, that means I am in and out quickly and focused only on what I need. And I allow time to do that on the way to or from picking up my online order.
Browse Online Before Heading Out
Another thing I would suggest you do is to look on store websites to see if they have items in stock before you head out the door. So many stores have improved their online service markedly over the last few months so you can either shop online and have things delivered or you can check inventory before going to the store. A huge timesaver!
Put Away As Soon As You Get Home
My final tip is to allow enough time in your schedule to put everything away when you get home. That includes returning the reusable grocery bags to your car so they are there next time you need them.