Your errands can be more organized and an easier task to complete. Make a few simple changes to ensure you are maximizing your time and your money with each and every trip you make.
Make a list of NOW errands and ANYTIME errands. Just because you need it doesn’t mean you need it now. Make a list of what you need so you are ready when you have time or when you’re in the area. The more prepared you are, the more likely you’ll get exactly what you need when you need it. Be sure to keep NOW and ANYTIME separate. When you hold off on items you don’t need now, you’ll save yourself money.
Have others help you. My mom and I text each other regularly with sales when we’re in that store. She’s helped me save money on tons of groceries and clothes and I’ve done the same for her. What’s nice with our system is that we don’t have to both be present to get the savings. A simple text and picture does the trick. Saves me tons of time and I get the things I need.
Go on errands when you’re already in that area. I keep my list on me for errands we need to run and try to have our family go on errands when we’re in the area – saving us tons of drive time. We go grocery shopping after soccer practice, we go to the big box store after church and we go to the shoe store after the dentist (what a perk!). When we are in the area, I try to always make the most of our time.
Making small changes to your errands can save you time and make your errands more useful to you. Think about what you need to get done and make a plan to make it happen to best help you.