One major time-suck I have been working on a lot this year is the amount of time we spend on grocery shopping. I mean the full process: review/purge fridge to prepare the grocery list, meal planning, travel time to and from the store. At the store alone navigating the aisles and standing in line at checkout. It took up at least three hours of our Saturday and I felt there had to be a better, more efficient system. So I tried grocery shopping online.

Just cutting that time in half would reclaim 78 hours a year!

While still a work in progress that will likely inspire multiple posts, here’s one trick that has saved a lot of time spent at the store: Click and Collect. This change alone has allowed us to reclaim at least an hour every Saturday.

How? We use the Click and Collect website to order our groceries online so: (1) we don’t have to spend as much time at the store; and (2) we can be selective about the time we pick up our groceries– avoiding high traffic periods. We are also able to piggyback grocery pick-up on other trips that takes us near or past the grocery store, but would not otherwise give us the time to do a full circuit of the store.  This allows us to kill two birds with one stone.

There are also services that deliver right to your house. They’ll even come at 6 am if that suits you.

The learning curve is worth the time.

Grocery shopping online has a learning curve and all the systems require initial setup time. The time is worth it as many let you save lists. This, and practice will make it quicker each time. Think about how long you would have spent at the store alone. Don’t forget to allow time at pick-up or delivery to review your selections, particularly produce to make sure it meets your standards.

Bonus: online ordering helps you stay on budget because you can watch the value of your cart increase as you click and aren’t as likely to make impulse buys.

Have you tried it? I’d love to hear about your experience and any tips you might have.

Read the rest of this series to learn more from my personal experience in reducing my load. With the daily to-do list that makes up the motherload, you will see how small changes can add up to a lot of time reclaimed.