By Melissa Tosetti
One of the key habits of Savvy Living is getting to the grocery store on a weekly basis.
But what if you’re schedule is so irregular that it’s impossible to put on your calendar, or you absolutely hate going to the grocery store? If either scenario applies to you, it may be worth having your groceries delivered.
Four years ago, I worked with a wonderful family who was spending $1,500 a month on food, between groceries and dining out. As a whole, the family was incredibly busy and more often than not, they found themselves getting take-out and not really enjoying those meals. On top of their schedule, the issue with the grocery store was that the mom absolutely hated going. She had no strategy while she was there and would get overwhelmed by the process.
In their case, it was well worth the $17 fee to have their groceries delivered.
But, before they just started buying a bunch of groceries online, it was crucial to give them a strategy. That strategy started with the mom taking her laptop into the kitchen every Thursday night. Her three children would then help her inventory their grocery staples. She made a list of everything that needed to be replenished. The family then decided what 3 – 4 dinners (planning for leftovers) they would like to have the following week. She included the ingredients she would need for those meals on her list. She would then place her order that night and on Saturday morning, the groceries would be delivered.
This simple habit, that took 5 – 10 minutes on a Thursday night, ended up saving them $700 a month! In their case, the delivery fee more than paid for itself. It not only saved them money, but it saved them hours in their week of multiple trips to the grocery store for forgotten items as well as standing in line for take-out.
Melissa Tosetti is the founder of The Savvy Life and author of the international bestseller Living The Savvy Life. For the past eight years, she’s worked with over 525 individuals and families to create Spending Plans. Melissa also works with financial advisors and their clients doing cash flow planning as well as giving over 200 Savvy Living presentations via webinar and in-person to audiences across the U.S.
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