We spend over 100 hours at the grocery store every year. That’s over 2+ hours per week, not including extra time spent navigating traffic, wrestling car seats and dealing with fussy children. Between family time, work, school, and after school activities, the grocery store is not an errand you want to add to those precious limited 24 hours. Grocery delivery is not just a luxury. It’s a necessary part of maintaining sanity in the busy balancing act we call life. You’re busy. Here are 9 things you could be doing with the time wasted at the grocery store.
Go on that Date Night
When was the last time you and the significant other took some time for just you two? Effort can be a limited resource with a family, and it takes two to tango. How about you two hit that new bar this week?
Learn to Cook Something New
Instead of grocery shopping, take some time to research some new recipes to jazz up your current routine. Get ingredients delivered to your door so you can afford to actually spend time putting together a nice family meal. Or better yet: try out a cooking class! Take your family on a new taste bud adventure!
Don’t underestimate the benefits of a short walk. You need it. Your dog especially needs it. Being outside is an instant de-stressor! Why not check out that park you have been meaning to go to? Bring the kids! Stretch out those achy muscles and get some vitamin D!
Learn a New Skill
The internet is a modern asset, so why not use it to your advantage? Have you ever heard of Duolingo? Learn new language. Khan Academy? Learn to web development, simple. SciShow? Discover the origins of the universe. Pick that guitar up again. Dig into that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for six months. You will not be disappointed!
Kindness goes a long way. Check out your local volunteer opportunities. Try googling local nonprofits or even volunteer groups in your area. Causes bring people together. You will meet lots of new people! You may even find a new friend in the process!
Catch up with an Old Friend
And no, we don’t mean think about chatting them on Facebook. Get your phone out. Give them a call. Meet up for coffee, and ask them about their life. Practice meaningful communication. Seriously, it will never go out of style.
Take up Journaling
When was the last time you sat down and processed your day? No insightful shower thoughts don’t count. Introspection allows for growth, and keeping a log will help you easily track your emotions and subconscious thoughts. Once they are on paper, you will be able to see where you could do better next time.
Revisit your Bucket List
How much thought have you been putting into life long goals? Are you working towards them? If not, what can you do to begin working towards them? Journaling will help track your daily life, but targeting larger bucket list items will ensure your daily struggles are a means to an end.
Work, family, and extracurriculars spread us a little too thin at times. When was the last time you took an hour for you? It’s okay to be stingy. Remember: an empty vessel cannot serve. Journaling is a good start for introspection, but don’t forget about downtime. Take up yoga. Run a hot bath. Set some time aside just for relaxing. Heck, you take a whole vacation with the time saved at the grocery store this year alone.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to break up with the grocery store.
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