While I’ve always valued my time, I never realized just how much it was worth until I had kids. Even a day doing nothing but staying home and taking care of them can feel like a packed day – from meals to cleaning up to diaper changes to nap times to bathtimes and bedtime, the time flies by and the next thing I know it’s time for bed so I can wake up and do it all over.
On the other hand, having kids in general means more things to do – more grocery store stops, more errands, more appointments, more playdates. Your errand list can feel miles long and even when you spend a whole day out crossing things off your list, there is always more to do. Soon, you’re valuing the days that you don’t leave your house almost as much as a vacation. Because of this, it’s important to prioritize your errands and get more done with less time. Today I’m sharing some of the easy ways I’ve found to cut down on errands – saving time, sanity, and allowing myself to hang out with my boys stress-free more.
4 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Errands
At the beginning of the week, I like to write out all of the errands I have to do that week – grocery shopping, Target trips, appointments, post office stops – whatever – and then I plan my week. I’m lucky that as a stay-at-home mom I can plan outings during non-busy hours, but I still have to plan around naps, lunches, etc, and it’s also important for me to plan outings out to be the most effective since I’m always lugging around a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. If I write everything out, I can easily see that I can pick up stamps while grocery shopping or drop off something at the doctor on my way to the park. I also plan out what errands or tasks will be most effective if done while my dad or MIL watch the boys. (see below) Planning ahead helps to avoid going out for just one thing or multiple trips to the same place, which saves sanity, time, and gas.
Choose the simple route.
Yes, sometimes it’s cheaper to hit 3 different stores, but sometimes it’s easier to spend a dollar or two extra and just grab things at one store. You’ll save on gas and save your sanity a bit. Going to more than one store – especially with kids in tow – sometimes just isn’t worth the hassle. Here’s how I decide – what other things can I cross off my to-do list if I don’t go to XYZ store? Will the added time to my day bring me happiness/reduce stress/make life easier? If yes, I do as much as I can in a single store.
I’ve been on prescription medication for asthma, eczema, and allergies for as long as I remember. I’ve cycled through different pharmacies and insurance plans, wasting time calling doctors and pharmacies and insurance companies trying to get a refill. Because I’m so accustomed to this time suck, I was so excited to learn about Phil – a prescription refill service that delivers your ongoing prescription medication right to your door.
Phil works with top-rated, locally-owned pharmacies that are licensed by the Pharmacy Board to deliver your prescriptions on time, answer questions, and most valuable to me, take the burden of interacting with doctors and pharmacies into their own hands so it’s one less thing on your list. using Phil, you can schedule your medications to arrive at your door when you need them, rather than making extra stops to drop off or pick up recurring prescriptions.
My favorite part about Phil, though, is that they work with LOCAL community-based pharmacies (supporting small business and local community!) to deliver your medications – and there is no cost to you. Phil guarantees the same copay you are used to paying and free shipping. If you don’t have insurance, Phil partner pharmacies will quote you the lowest price they can obtain for you. In fact, For first-time customers, Phil will pay up to $20 off your insurance copay, or $20 off the cost of the medication if you are uninsured, while supplies last.”
You can cut back on your errands just by utilizing Phil – manage your families prescriptions online, allow Phil to take up the pain of contacting pharmacies, doctors, and insurance plans, and cut out driving around to pick up your medications. It truly is the smarter prescription refill service.
Run errands without the kids.
It’s no surprise to any parent that doing anything with kids takes approximately 28526262x longer than without. If you’re lucky enough to have someone willing to watch your kiddos for an hour, try and knock some errands out during that time sans kids. Yes, it’s kind of a bummer to spend you ‘free’ time doing errands, but it’s a weight off your shoulder and you’ll get back the time you would have wasted arguing with your kids, getting them in and out and in and out of the car, and the general stress that comes with taking kids places. Another option is to run a few errands (like grocery shopping or something similar) during naptime or after bedtime when your partner is home.
Errands aren’t going anywhere – in fact, the older I get it seems the more and more errands get dumped onto my plate. With an already busy schedule, you need to be smart when accomplishing your errands to leave yourself enough time for the things in life
Okay, so tell me – how do you cut errand time? Have you ever used Phil? Let me know in the comments!