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Run errands smarter to save big

by Penina
We’re frantic most weeks. There’s slugging it out in supermarket aisles pushing trolleys for groceries. We’re shoving undies and socks in machines to get the laundry out before work. Busy mums are popping to the post office after school drop-off to post letters. Dads are waking up early making lunches and packing cars.
Each job is time-consuming and we’re all watching the clock seeing how we can squeeze more in.
But errands also rip money out of our wallets too. Our cars are siphoning our money at the petrol pump. Water bills are arriving in the mail for all those dishwasher and laundry loads. We’re eating up money if we got that grocery shop wrong and overspent this week.
Are you tired of watching your precious dollars disappear in a puff of too-busy? If so, check out these tips on how to reduce time and money this week.

Errand smarter

These savvy tricks will reduce the time and money you spend running errands.
The most logical one is this:
Run errands in bulk.
Here are some more fast tips:
  • Write a list to organise errands better
  • Decide which ones you don’t need to do
  • Prioritise the ones that are the most important
  • Consider putting together an organised shopping list
  • Avoid ‘popping’ up the shops for random items
  • Shop online to save time and petrol
  • Photograph or scan letters and email them if possible
  • Make a phone call while driving instead of mailing something

Use Collection and Delivery Services

It’s not always easy to leave the house. Watch this hilarious video on a comedian trying to leave the house with toddlers in tow:
Crying with tears of hilarity? I am!
If you do happen to actually leave the house with kids in tow, it’s going to cost. Driving all over town in a random errand attack is by no means frugal.

Outsource Dry Cleaning

If you love Uber – you’ll love this tip:
Consider using the Uber of dry cleaning! Have your dry cleaning picked up and delivered. They’ll return your clothes when they’re ready.

JayMantri / Pixabay

You’ll save time and money, because your time is money!
Also consider getting delicious dinners delivered too. There are plenty of services now that help with food delivery.

Shop Online

Here’s what I love about this:
  • Sort by price to find the cheapest groceries faster
  • Take items off your list if you go over budget
  • Never waste hours of time at the supermarket
  • Have a nice rep carry your groceries in
  • Save large chunks of time over a year
  • Get your life back and relax more

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Group Errands Together

As mentioned it’s not time or cost-effective to randomly drive around town. Sit down and organise your errands for the week.
I group all my tasks like this:
1. Calls
2. Out & about jobs
3. Emails
4. Online Tasks
5. Desk
I do each list in bulk.

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When performing ‘out and about’ tasks make sure you list them logically.
For example:
  • Pick up groceries on the way to school drop off, so you don’t have the kids with you
  • Sort the errands so each task is ‘on the way’ to the next

Ditch Your Car

Driving (petrol) is the greatest cost when it comes to running errands. Instead of siphoning more money out of your car, consider win-win alternatives.
Can you walk, cycle or take public transport instead?
Here are three reasons why:
  • Improve fitness levels
  • Save the environment
  • Save money
  • Reduce wear on your car

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Life is full of little costs and surprises.
With a little organisation you can fatten your wallet, while you gain precious sanity. All these costs add up over time. Run errands smarter and you will save big.
Have a great week!

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