Do you ever make a special trip to Walmart, Target, etc. to purchase non-food items like toiletries, paper goods and cleaning products? If you don’t, then read no further. If you do, please understand that this post is not a pitch for big box discount stores. It’s a pitch for saving time. Support your local businesses as much as possible.
How long does it take you in driving time to go to Walmart or a similar store? There’s a good chance that it’s at least a 30 minute round trip. Of course that doesn’t include the time it takes for shopping and standing in line. If driving to and shopping at Walmart-type stores is not a fun or meaningful activity for you, stop it. Let Walmart come to you. You’ll save money and your precious time.
Does this take a little extra planning before you run out of everything? Yes. So what? Here’s how you do it. When you first notice that you are nearing (not at) the end of deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. Go around your house and see what other items may be close to needing replenishing. Paper products are good for this.
Go to walmart.com and start shopping and add items to your cart. If you don’t reach the $45 minimum for free shipping, increase quantities of things like toothpaste or deodorant until you get to $45. Walgreens has an even lower minimum order requirement for free shipping, but not as many options or the best pricing. Amazon is a great “store” for many things, but Amazon’s prices on these types of items are generally higher than Walmart’s. Walmart even offers higher-end or environmentally friendly brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Tom’s and 7th Generation.
Place your order in about 15 minutes, and pat yourself on the back for giving yourself an extra 45 minutes today. Be sure to recycle the shipping boxes!
Note: Not a paid advertisement. The above Walmart link is not part of any affiliate program. I just love the convenience and wanted to share a liberating tip with you!