20 Little Tips That Will Make Running Errands So Much Better
Save time and make your trips to the grocery store or post office a breeze.
Run errands during the week
More than 90 percent of people do errands on the weekends, meaning stores will be packed and traffic will be a nightmare. Running errands on a weeknight will get you in and out in half the time. Once the kids are in bed, have one parent stay home while the other drives to the store. You’ll miss the crowds and keep your weekend free for fun and family. Here’s how shopping in the morning can save money.
Keep a cooler and basket in the trunk
A cooler will keep your cold and frozen groceries at the right temperature as you finish your shopping, while a basket makes it easy to carry lots of bags into the house in a single trip. Here are more neat tricks for organizing your car.
Make the most of your time
Never run out for just one task. Save time, gas, and stress by getting more than one thing done when you’re out of the house. After dropping your kid off at soccer practice, drop off your dry cleaning or pick up a gallon of milk from the grocery store.
Set up an errand center in your home
Keeping all the objects you’ll need to complete your errands—packages to be mailed, dry cleaning to be delivered, library books to be returned—in one place will make it easy to get out the door when you get the chance. Designate a space by the door or in your car as a visual reminder of what needs to get done. Here are 26 secrets personal organizers would never tell you for free.
Buy in bulk
Picking up big batches of items like toilet paper, dog food, and tampons means fewer trips to the store and less time running errands. Plus, you save money by buying bulk packages or stocking up while the items are on sale. Here’s what to always (and never) buy at big-box stores.
Use long lines for “me time”
Instead of griping about how long your wait to the cash register is, think of it as a few peaceful moments to yourself. Close your eyes (don’t be self-conscious!) and imagine yourself sitting on a quiet beach or getting a massage. Take several deep breaths while you mentally escape to that place. You’ll be much more relaxed, and you can wait in line with less frustration. Here are some tips on how to carve out more “me time.”
Performing a “walking meditation” while you shop will keep you engaged with your task instead of letting your mind wander to other stressors. By the end of your trip, you’ll have more energy and less frustration. Pay attention to the bright colors of the produce, the scents wafting from the bakery, and the feeling of each step you take.