Don’t have time to shop? To busy to shop? I feel ya. Plus I don’t like to shop. Holiday rush at the mall? No thank you, that sounds like a nightmare. Online delivery services became my saviors this past year. Going to school while working full-time didn’t leave much space for shopping anyway, so I have come to depend heavily on these services. In fact, much of my Christmas shopping has already been done with them! I hope you like them, too.
I discovered The Honest Company a few years ago when my daughter was born. Their diaper bundle services (20% off) delivers diapers and wipes to your doorstep on an automatic schedule made my life so much easier. Now that we’re out of the diapering stage, I utilize their essentials bundle which includes non-toxic cleaning products, laundry detergent, toothpaste, body products, vitamins, and so much more. Plus this company is started by a woman for women. Who doesn’t want to support that?
Amazon Prime & Prime Now
The biggest selling point for me is Amazon Prime‘s free, two-day shipping that comes with my membership. And of course there’s the all fun shows and movies with the streaming service. While most people already know about Prime, not many may know about Prime Now which is a local delivery service and uses a phone app. Prime Now was my saving grace while in school. I could get my groceries ordered from New Seasons Market and have them delivered to my door two hours later. There is a tip fee, however I think it is well worth the cost when time is precious.
We’re health nuts at home or at least we try to be. I have to admit I was rather skeptical of Thrive Market at first because so many celebrities endorse them. But when school started, I knew I would need to save money (hello college tuition), and I didn’t have time to frantically scan the shelves of Whole Foods for what I needed. In my first order I actually looked up all the items I bought and found that I saved over $30! It was so nice having healthy snacks that would have cost me 20% more at my local market, and not have to fight traffic to get them. I found I would try new products more because of the cost-savings.
I discovered ThredUp through my sister-in-law. While I love consignment shops, I don’t have the patience to browse through racks or bins of clothes nor do I have the time. ThredUp became my happy medium between wanting to be earth-friendly, but also honoring my dislike of shopping. I spent only $40 in my first order and got five quality, designer pants and jeans for my daughter. Now I consign with them as well. They send me a postage-paid “clean out bag,” I fill it with my lightly used clothes, and then get credit for my daughter’s next growth spurt.
Who doesn’t know about Etsy, right? Well, I happened to arrive at this party of awesomeness late. I love supporting artists including local ones. Many of my favorite ones sell on Etsy! Christmas shopping done. Birthday gifts done. Treat myself with beautiful jewelry done. All without ever leaving my comfy chair or having to put pants on.