I was there in a place that many of us find ourselves at many times of the week: looking in the fridge trying to decide what to cook for dinner.
However, I had no trouble making a decision because I had nothing to work with; I was struggling because I had so many options. Loads of leafy greens, lots of cuts of meat, condiments and a few other condiments.
It filled me with a delicious mix of security and abundance. And a boost of sufficiency.
Like many, the COVID lockdowns left me with several bad habits (hello vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate chunks topped off with Baileys after dinner every night). But I also seem to have made a behavioral change that leaves the project manager in me crying with pride.
I developed an online shopping system for the most part that brought a zealous degree of organization to my life.
Before the lockdown, online shopping was an activity relegated to a Friday or Saturday night after 9 p.m. and a few glasses of wine, usually boosted by an Instagram ad for jewelry or shoes.
It was definitely a leisure activity. And a dear. It was never for essentials or groceries. But things have changed.
One day, when I was again browsing the aisles of a supermarket to buy milk, it occurred to me that visiting a store repeatedly to buy things that I repeatedly lacked was a waste of time. monumental time.
I sat down and developed a system that saves me about 12 hours a month and an invaluable amount of mental energy.
Here is how my system works.
I created three different lists; One for what I usually buy and run out of every week (like milk, meat, eggs, and produce), another for items I consume monthly (like peanut butter), and another for items that I buy every three months (for example, cleaning products).
I created an online shopping cart with the grocer where I would physically purchase grass-fed meats, pasture-raised chicken, and locally grown fresh vegetables (which are my food values) each week. Every week I just click re-order on my weekly shop.
I used to buy items on my monthly and quarterly list at big chain supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths, spending most of my time in the health food aisles reading labels and product lists. ingredients. Now I only set aside 10 minutes at the end of each month to browse and add to cart through GoodnessMe, as it’s a one-stop-shop for all-natural, nutritionist-approved, clean, chemical-free household products. . Every three months, I add items to my three-month list. The best part? I can do anything in pajamas, on the couch!
Along the way, I made a few tweaks to make sure I never went without or had too much of something lying around (turns out I don’t use Worcestershire sauce often). I always stick to a budget and always have good, nutritious food at home.
If I sound really serious and boring, you’re wrong; Being so organized means more time to have fun!
I dedicate those extra 12 hours to Pilates classes, connecting with family, catching up with friends, or taking a nap (mmm, afternoon nap).
To keep things interesting, I also subscribe to a box.
Gone are the days of learning about new products by spending hours in the supermarket reading ingredients and nutrition panels. I can try it before I buy AND I’m not contributing to mass food waste! This is where a subscription box fits in. Again, I get mine via GoodnessMe. I love being able to select my diet options, rate and review the products I like, and buy them as soon as they are available in the store. If I try something new that I like, I add it to my monthly or quarterly store.
I’m Aquarius, and this extreme organization system coupled with regular surprises really speaks to my soul. But I’m sure it will work for you too, no matter your star sign.
Now that I understand how to buy essentials efficiently online, I can’t go back.
I’m typical of the average person who’s made the switch to grocery shopping online, according to a white paper produced by research firm Pureprofile with the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
According to the newspaper, of those of us who started buying essentials online in the past two years, only 36% plan to return to stores once the pandemic is over.
The rest of us have found it too convenient to shop for our essentials online and we don’t mind paying a little extra if it means getting some of our precious time back.
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