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Well, by never go shopping I mean never drag your newborn, your sick child, or your three super active little boys to the store if you do not want to. Like most moms I enjoy a good stroll through Target by myself. I’m a little less enthusiastic about dragging tired twins to the grocery store when they’d rather be doing pretty much anything else. Here are my favorite programs for shopping while keeping your sanity by not having to actually go IN the store. Because that toy aisle at Target is always RIGHT in the middle and hard to avoid and really, why waste time shopping with your kids when you can go to the park instead.
There are several great options for getting groceries to you without going in the store. My current favorite is Marianos Clicklist (it’s also offered by Kroger stores). You have to go in the store, but not INTO the store. You order online and pick a time slot you want to pick up. You the drive up, call a number and they bring the groceries out to the car. Perfect for a napping child or a quick run to the grocery store on your way home. I like Clicklist because the groceries are picked by store employees. They know where things are so I find there are less “out of stock” items and the produce quality is the highest. There is a fee by delivery or by month/ year. If I know the kids are going to be off school and I won’t have time to shop in peace I’ll turn on monthly then go back to just by trip. You can use the code LEPSTEIN at checkout for $10 off your first order.
This does not solve the problem of when you don’t want to or can’t leave the house. I like Instacart but I don’t love it. That said I actually used it today so it’s my favorite of the don’t leave your house at all options. I was planning to grocery shop after the kids went to bed but my husband got stuck at work and Instacart rescued me for pretzels and strawberries I need for tomorrow’s lunches (and a bunch of other stuff too). Better planning would probably have solved the whole issue but you’re on a blog call The Messy Bun Life so we can’t expect perfection. I like the ease of Instacart. It comes right to your door and is usually pretty quick. The fees are about the same as Clicklist. The problem is that for some stores the prices are significantly higher. But some are comparable and sometimes I have a sick kids, or poor planning, and just need my groceries. The other problem is that the you are at the will of the picking skills of your independent instacart shopper. Sometimes they are fine, and sometimes they aren’t. As long as you doublecheck and provide feedback when necessary instacart is a good option for when you can’t, or don’t want to, go anywhere.
Well, Amazon is the big one. It has pretty much everything and with prime sometimes it’s within one to two days. The downside is sometimes even with prime it takes a little while longer (things aren’t in stock) and you have to be careful about the price of things that are being resold. I spent $10 for 6 kids bath bubble pens that were clearly marked as $1 (probably from the target bullseye section from the packaging). Whoops!
I may have mentioned I love Target. I actually grew up in downtown Chicago and we didn’t have Target until I was in my mid-twenties (gasp!) which is probably part of my obsession. I don’t usually love taking my kids to Target. I have three boys, a 6 year old and twin 4 year olds, that have more interest in the pokemon section then guest bedroom bedding sets or the amazing array of dry shampoo. The order online, pick up in store option has always been my favorite way to do quick target runs. When the drive up option started rolling out I was a little skeptical if I would ever need it. Then my twins got sick. Not super sick but that grumpy, needs to nap but doesn’t feel well enough to comfortably sleep sick. Then we ran out of pretzels (this happens a lot) and were running low on everything else. Plus I was looking for a reason to get the twins in the car so they would take a good nap. So I tried the drive up and it was awesome! It’s like it sounds: you order online, then drive up and they bring it out. My biggest concern was how long it would take once I stopped before they came out. I didn’t want the twins to wake up. It was quick. Future trips, which now happen regularly, were equally fast and it has become my go to for small to medium size target runs when I don’t have time but I am driving somewhere close to it. Prices are the same (and right now they seem to be running a lot of specials), they pick perfectly and the selection is most of your everyday stuff you would buy from Target. Target for the win!
I hate clothing shopping in store. Honestly, I hate going clothing shopping with OR without the kids in a store. That’s why I’m sort of obsessed with Stitch Fix. If you aren’t familiar Stitch Fix is where you fill out an online style survey including sizes and the approximate price you want to spend (items range from $25 to $500). Your personal stylist sends you five pieces to try based on your preferences. You pick what you want (and pay for it then) and send back what you don’t want. There is a $20 styling fee that is applied to your order. I have my account set for an automatic box every three months so I have new clothing seasonally but you can order on demand or set up an autoship.
I did not realize until someone brought it up how much of my wardrobe staples are from them: my favorite shoes, jean jacket, sweater, and jeans are all Stitch Fix. Those stylists are pretty good. I have never had an order where I didn’t love something and sometimes they are dead on. You provide feedback every time so the more you shop, the better the boxes become. You can get $25 off your first order here!