However, until you can figure out how to make groceries magically appear in your fridge, or find a way for the car to service itself, there will be days when you have to add extra errands to your already lengthy list. Fortunately, there are ways to save both time and stress along the way.
Here are a 4 tips to improve mompreneur efficiency:
1. Go During the Week
Save time and avoid crowds by grocery shopping early on weekdays. There are also a few factors to consider that can help you score the freshest and best priced goods during your trip.
Researchers at Cornell University found that the best time to go shopping may be first thing in the morning, which is when perishable foods such as dairy products, fruits, and vegetables are the freshest. Inventory management at most grocery stores calls for these types of foods to be delivered every day.
For deal hunters, the best day of the week to go shopping at most grocery stores is Wednesday, the most common kick-off day for new weekly discount and coupon programs. It’s also a day most stores will honor coupons from the previous week, giving shoppers a “discount double play.”
2. Make Your Stops Multitask
Maximize your stops by doing business with places that offer multiple services. Instead up picking up your husband’s allergy medicine at the drug store and stamps at the post office, for example, accomplish both at the grocery store while you’re loading up on meal ingredients for the week. As a bonus, many supermarkets now have their own gas stations out front, so that could mean one less stop on your route!
3. Harness the Power of the Internet
Comparison shop online to find the best deals, rather than driving around town to check the best prices in your area. For example, if you need new tires, go to Tirebuyer.com to see the best options for your vehicle.
Also, take advantage of Amazon Prime, which offers online shoppers free two-day shipping all year long for a low annual membership cost. Whether you need new bedding for the kids, or your microwave is on the blink, your essentials could be delivered to your doorstep in no time.
4. Plan Your Route
To reduce the amount of time you spend running errands, Molly Maid suggests mapping out your route. Make a list of your errands and create a route to prevent doubling back — several apps are available to help!
Although some mompreneurs like to start at the furthest point and work their way back, this might not always be the most efficient way. For example, if the warehouse store is the furthest away and you plan on stocking up on frozen foods during the summer, it’ll probably be best to make that stop last.
Also, whenever possible, try to get all of your errands done in one day. Granted, there will be other trips to the store to grab milk or eggs, but the more you can consolidate into one day, the more time you can dedicate to work and family the rest of the week.