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Living an organized life sometimes means making your life easier – that’s why I’m only grocery shopping online for the rest of time. I’m a working mother who owns a business and let’s be honest, spending hours with children in the grocery store is not a pleasant experience. I would much rather spend hours with them building a fort in our living room, but I digress. When we are at the grocery store, my kids ask for things and I often oblige for one of two reasons: 1) they’ve worn me down with their mind powers; or 2) to keep my sanity. I have made significant improvements to my grocery shopping strategy over time, but a recent trial of grocery shopping online has changed my life.

Making a grocery list

I have tried a lot of strategies over the years to make a comprehensive grocery list to ensure I get everything I need. I’ve used an ultimate list printable. I’ve scoured the cabinets to see what we need. I’ve bought magnetic notepads for the refrigerator. Inevitably, I get home and learn we are out of butter or realize I just purchased a third container of eggs. Nothing has been as successful and effective as having an Amazon Echo on my counter top. The moment I notice something is running low or empty, I say, “Alexa, put milk on my shopping list.” And everything on my list syncs with the app on my phone. When I get to the store, everything is in hand. Our family gift this past holiday was an Amazon Echo Dot so we could do the same on the second floor. Of course, the Echo has other benefits like telling you what’s on the family calendar for the day, sharing the latest news, giving you the weather report, and playing your favorite music, but that’s another blog entirely. I have made purchases directly from the Echo also, and they consistently arrive on my doorstep within a day or two. Now that’s excellent service from my little listening robot.

Pantry by mail

Another shopping habit I’ve established is using Amazon Prime Pantry and Amazon’s subscription service – often for large items. I have learned that when I’m shopping at the grocery store, I run out of room for large, bulk items like toilet paper, diapers and paper towels. They are also a major pain to get in my vehicle and in the house. Seriously, think about it. I spent hours at the store with my children, loaded up my vehicle and now I have to keep them calm while I unload all of these bags and boxes. How about I just have most of it show up on my doorstep for a meager fee? And it ends up being less because I can immediately add digital coupons! The subscription service is free and gives you an added discount – it is ideal for items like diapers and baby wipes.

Grocery shopping online

I have friends who live in large cities that have access to grocery shopping online. That’s not a luxury we have had in my community for quite some time – until now. One of our Kroger stores has launched ClickList! You can select your groceries online and pick them up at the store. You simply add the items you choose to your digital cart, verify them, select items you’re okay with substitutions (you only pay for what you receive) and submit. The store gives you a time to pick them up and you call upon arrival. They bring all of your groceries to your vehicle, and you pay from the comfort and warmth of your vehicle! No getting the kids out in the cold. No hours through the store. No impulse buys. If you are concerned because Kroger costs more than some other grocery retailers, consider these benefits:

  1. You only buy what you order.
  2. You aren’t making impulse buys.
  3. You can use digital and printed coupons.
  4. You can build up points with their rewards card.
  5. You can get additional coupons and gasoline discounts with the discount card.
  6. You can more easily track your purchases over time.

I was very pleased with my ClickList! shopping experience, and I highly suggest you try it out.

Bag it up

One last note on the best reusable bags ever. How did I ever survive without these Pampered Chef cart bags? You can get two Everyday Tote Bags for under $50. The best part is that Kroger will put all of your bags right inside of those. That’s one trip in the house!

Do you have tips to save time on personal tasks? Tell me about them in the comments below or on Twitter via @nerdsquawk.