Adulthood, that glorious final stage in life shrouded in mystery that every child dreams of. Well actually, I think a lot kids probably grew up recognizing how stressed and harried most adults were and that tainted the desire to be an adult just a little. I think the biggest misconception that you have about adulthood as a kid is that you will suddenly have all of this freedom in addition to your carefree kid lifestyle; no school, junk food galore, MTV, driving – these things that we want because we cannot have them. I mean, if driving was the big reveal I am here to tell you that not only is it expensive, it is also incredibly stressful and mostly dangerous. Alcohol? The bloom has definitely gone off the rose and I cannot even recall the last time I watched MTV. I think that the true key to adulthood is just finding ways to make the stuff that you hate doing easier or trick yourself into thinking that the tasks are more enjoyable. I have a few things that I do to save time and a little money so that I can spend those resources doing something else that doesn’t suck as much.
I am a Coborn’s loyalist and have been since college but I know that tons of grocery retailers are offering delivery or store pick-up options these days and it is amazing. Unless, you really enjoy grocery shopping but I do not – it takes way too long, stores are way too crowded and if I can have someone else do it, who is being paid for their time, that just makes sense to me. Grocery apps are the meal planners best-friend, I can prepare my menu and then just add my list to the cart. I have found that this also encourages me to try new recipes, I can take a recipe, figure out what I need and then just add it. I like to have saved lists to shop from – I have full week lists, basic lists, specific meal lists – if I have no idea what to make for dinner, I can look back at my lists and just pick something that I remember enjoying. Love it, definitely recommend.
I know that not all companies offer this option but if they do, set it and forget it. I do check in on it once in awhile, a few years ago my electric company changed billing platforms and stored financial information was not migrated – I got a shut off notice in the mail after 3 months but other than that it works great. It’s kind of like a subscription service for all of the shit that you don’t want to pay 😛
Every store seems to have some loyalty or rewards program card and I imagine that they either get thrown away or you rarely remember to use them. CardStar is an app where you can plug in all of your rewards card info and even some membership passes so that you can always access them and ‘clip’ coupons to have them sent to your app for additional savings. When I first started using the app I thought it was annoying because I can just as easily provide the cashier with my phone number and access some of the benefits but I have found that I really like the added bonus of being able to access coupons as well as rewards savings.
Clearly, if you have a serious medical ailment then you should go to an actual physician but I use it for ear infections, EPI pen refills, allergy medication refills – small things that I don’t want or need to make an actual appointment to get taken care of. If I went to the MinuteClinic or doctor every time I had an ear infection it would be completely asinine. Although, I have to say that the MinuteClinic is pretty slick with their online check-in process these days and I do use that when needed.
Lines – who needs ’em? If you can check-in online then do it, this can sometimes be more or less efficient depending on where you are going but when it saves time it’s great.
I am a total coffee-junkie and go to bed looking forward to a piping hot cup in the AM so this might not apply to casual coffee drinkers. Also, I don’t want to hear any snooty, coffee connoisseur crap about the beans getting stale – go swill your french press elsewhere. I just really feel like I have my life together when I hear that coffee pot start in the AM, mine has a timer so I definitely recommend that as well.
I hate doing laundry but if I place each item in a designated basket and not inside-out, then I can just dump the clothes in the wash come laundry day without having to think about it much. Also, pods, get the pods – not only are they tidier than detergent, you can just whip that shit in because who has time to measure laundry detergent?
I don’t want to get into meal prep because the jury is still out on if that really saves time or not since at some point, you are spending a lot of time prepping stuff just not everyday. I do pre-cut all of my veggies though, I try and convince myself that this saves time. At the end of the day, you are still completing all of the tasks that you are supposed to but not expending an unnecessary amount of energy on things that you don’t enjoy.
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