Do you ever feel like you’re running around, with an endless list of places to stop, things to grab and yet another thing to cross off of your to-do list? Yeah. We used to feel that way too – until we realized something.
Why aren’t we ordering more things online?
Why aren’t we ordering things like toothpaste, or that short list of items that we forgot to pick up while we were at the grocery store, online? Imagine the trips that you could save on a weekly basis if you knew how and where to strategically order items online that could take things off of your places to stop on the way home, eating up your free time?
Last year, we set foot in one store to pick up something for the kids when it came time to start holiday shopping. We did 99% of our shopping online, it came to our door and we weren’t faced with the rushing around trying to get everything crossed off of our list for the kids, for the family members and for each other (well, I shop online – Jamie still does his trip with the kids to shop for me for the holidays).
Walmart.ca has free shipping, with no minimum order. It’s one of my favorite places to order pantry staples, items on sale in the flyer (that can be found online) and things like toothpaste, from the clearance section. There are sales that rival the price of items, less the value of coupons, that when combined with the free shipping with no minimum order, make it very budget friendly.
There are a great selection of add-on items that you can find on Amazon. Some of the time, these items are even less expensive than they are in other stores. Though the minimum order is $25, there are more and more food and household items becoming available through the site, and if you stock up on a few items, it’s easy to meet the delivery threshold.
Tip: shop the bargain kids books, it’s a great way to build the home library and I’ve found quite a few gems for under four bucks a book. This week, I ordered seven hardcover children’s books, and a tube of toothpaste for the kids for $26.
Food + Produce from Spud.ca
Trying to reduce the amount of time that you spend in the grocery store? The organic box and spud.ca offer delivery services to bring organic produce right to your doorstep. Choose your selections online, and order everything from milk to produce, to pantry staples and diapers, and you can save yourself some time at the grocery store. With Spud.ca, you can get the order delivered for free, as long as it’s $35. For organic milk and juice, the price is comparable (less actually for the juice) than what I pay in-store for fresh squeezed juice, so it works out well for me to order through the week (and it saves me a trip).
As a bonus to shopping online, I’m browsing less, I’m tempted less for things that aren’t on my list, and I can make orders while I’m laying in bed, getting ready to go to sleep, taking minimal time out of my day to stock the house with things we need.
Why Shop Online?
Shopping with the kids means that it’s going to take me twice the time to shop for the items on my list than if I were shopping alone. If I’m spending my time running errands alone, I’m missing out on the time that I could be spending doing things with my family, doing things with friends and doing things for me. Shopping online saves my time, which I value, and makes sense for us.
We shop online for 90% of the items that we buy. For the kids clothes, for the everyday household stuff (like toothpaste), for food items to be delivered, for gifts – and more. For websites that don’t have free everyday shipping with no minimum, I wait until I reach the order threshold with things that we need to buy, or I will wait for a free shipping promotion weekend (happens quite frequently, where the minimum spend is waived.
Try it – see how much of your time that you’ll regain from your week.