Errands are a time eater, but they don’t have to be. Keep reading for nine easy ways to speed up your errands!
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I’d say just about every library nowadays has a website that gives users access to their accounts. Through these sites you can also reserve items. This is especially beneficial if the item you want is at a different branch than the one you frequent.
So, if you’re trying to get in and out of the library quickly, reserve things ahead of time. You’ll receive an email when they’re ready and it will take all of two minutes to pick them up.
I told you earlier about the time-saving benefits to ordering from Instacart, but there are other options to getting your groceries, too. For instance, Walmart and Harris Teeter offer pick-up services. You order online, their staff gather your items, and you pick it up. This prevents your groceries from going into someone else’s vehicle.
While accessing your money via debit card isn’t difficult at the store, it’s always required a stop into the bank to deposit a check or get checks printed. The struggle is no longer real.
Now, you can take photos of the front and back of your check and have it easily deposited. Just like stopping into a branch.
You can also use Zelle to send money, like rent checks in our case. The beauty of Zelle is that once both parties are set up in their system, the money sends within minutes. Such a time saver!
If you’re a busy Mom, which you probably are if you’re reading this, than I’m sure you’re well aware of the Starbucks app. Use it to order your coffee ahead of time. This can save 15 minutes easy, because the lines at our local Starbucks are always long! As I’m sure they are at yours.
This applies more to the men and children in your life, but haircuts at places like Great Clips have now had the wait expedited. The plus is there’s no app to download or account sign-in to keep track of.
You simply visit their website, find your location and put your name on the list. It’ll bump you ahead of several walk-in’s if they’re busy. Plus, their site will tell you the estimated wait time to begin with.
Many restaurants offer online ordering, whether through their website or mobile app. Panera, Jimmy John’s, McAlister’s Deli, just to name a few.
You can have your lunch delivered, or in some cases, like Panera, it will be waiting for you when you arrive. Sign up with their sites and chances are, you’ll receive coupons in your email on the regular, too!
Not all oil changes are created equal. Most all locations will make you exit your vehicle and wait in a dingy waiting area while their staff change your oil, deal with other customers, and take phone calls. These oil changes can end up taking a long time.
But, that’s not the case at Valvoline. You’re basically in and out in under 15 minutes, in most cases. And, you don’t have to get out of the vehicle at most locations. Perfect if you’ve got a kiddo snoozing in their car seat, or just want to eat lunch, or scroll social media in the privacy of your own car.
And with inexpensive prices and regular email coupons, it’s the place to go!
USPS has let you print postage from home for several years now, but it’s still something people overlook. It’s actually a very simple process and can keep you from waiting in extremely long lines at the local post office.
It’s especially helpful around the holidays when everybody and their brother has to send out packages to Aunt Whose-y What’s It.
Just make sure you calculate the weight of your package correctly, or you’ll have problems with sending it and may get it returned or the receiver may have to pay out of pocket for the delivery.
Have someone else do it
The easiest way to save time on errands is to have someone else run them for you. Sites like TaskRabbit can do so many awesome things to expedite your day. If you haven’t heard of them, check them out here.
How Do You Save Time on Errands?
Do you have any tips and tricks up your sleeve to expedite your errands? Tell me in the comments below!
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