In a conversation the other day with Jerad, we got to talking about the concept of ‘paying with your time’ and how the shopping habits of our family has changed over time. Five years ago, grocery lists consisted of searching through the flyers to find the best prices for the items that we were buying, making a list consisting of multiple stores and spending time collecting coupons, comparing prices, and visiting up to six different stores on a Sunday afternoon, saving on groceries.
This was before we discovered Costco, back when I thought that those $250 shopping trips to Costco? They weren’t frugal. Now, two children and infinite less time, I know better. I know that I am never going to find a box of Annie’s Mac and cheese for under three bucks, at any store. I know that at Costco, I can get the entire pack of twelve on sale for usually around a dollar a box. I know that shopping in bulk and meal planning, we can shop once a week, on a Monday night and be in and out of Costco in under an hour, with most food and household purchases complete, with a few extras through the week on a day errand with the kids, or delivered by Spud.
The combination of the upcoming election, spring, and living in a newish-neighbourhood often means that precious time is interrupted, with door knockers, selling everything from hockey fundraising, to religion and politics.
I’ve teamed up with HP to talk spring cleaning – and for us, that includes our time. Using the new HP Stream (an affordable laptop solution perfect for that first laptop with the inexpensive price tag, the windows interface, online storage and a year of Microsoft office included in the price, we’ve created a ‘no soliciting’ sign that’s got the perfect combination of charm + warning. Easily created online and adjusted for size in Microsoft word, we saved as a PDF file and printed the sign to attach to our door.No Soliciting – Unless Wine
click above, save + print.
Thanks to HP for generously sponsoring the product mentioned in this post. As always, the opinion, and awesomeness, is of my own accord.