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How to Run Errands Faster

BY: Rachel Matuch | Dec 11, 2018

Today's guest post is by Jemma C. Wouldn’t it be nice to get errands done quicker and have more time for family, friends, and the kind of luxurious bubble baths people take in soap commercials? In an ideal world, you’d snap your fingers and poof—groceries magically appear in the fridge. Although there are services that actually come pretty close (more on those in a minute), you can also save time running errands with these simple tricks. Pick a Weekday   You might have more free time to run errands on weekends, but let’s be honest, that’s when everyone else does, too. If you don’t work normal hours, take advantage of the weekday lull to shop. Nine-to-fivers, avoid jam-packed stores by picking a night after work (no one else is gonna be at the grocery store at 8 p.m. on a Friday night) or during a lunch break. You’ll thank yourself while kicking back on a Sunday instead of waiting in massive lines. Keep Lists Keep a list of your errands with you at all times. Save it to your phone or keep it in a small notebook, whatever works for you. Then, if you get out of work early or find yourself near a particular store, you know exactly what you need. (Plus, if you always have your lists, you’ll never forget them!) Map Out a Driving Route Although it’s great exercise to quite literally run errands, it can take forever on foot. Other times, walking just isn’t an option. Cut time by planning out what stores you’re going to visit, finding the smartest driving route, and having shopping bags ready in the back of your car. If you’re a city-dweller without a vehicle, rent a Zipcar for running errands. It’s worth it in time saved schlepping heavy groceries around on foot. (If you’ve never used Zipcar, check out this deal for $25 in driving credit.) Order Items Online Remember what we said about magical groceries popping up in your home? Well, there are actually companies that will do the next best thing: drop them off at your door. For instance, Peapod offers next-day delivery and a massive variety of groceries, office supplies, pet products and more (get $15 off your first purchase with this coupon). And Instacart lets you outsource your grocery and supply list to be delivered within a few hours. Use In-Store Pickups If a company doesn’t deliver, or if you need something right away, see if they offer in-store pickup. Your entire order will be ready for when you arrive, saving you the time (and temptation) of wandering the aisles. Sam’s Club’s free club pickup service lets you save a list of your previously purchased items so that ordering for pickup is a breeze. Plus, you can set up text alerts that notify you when your order is ready. Download Banking Apps Many banking apps now allow you to check account balances, transfer money between accounts, and even deposit checks from your smartphone. It’s easy, secure, and much faster than venturing out to an ATM or bank.