Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Anyone else tired of constantly making decisions? Tired of constantly being bombarded with advertising? Ever go to the store with a list of 5 things and come out with 50? Ever since I started to live a more minimalist life I realized that all of the advertising, flashing signs, and marketing stuff really bothers me. It’s like a low level of anxiety producing annoy. Recently I start to ripe off labels from bottles at home or move products into glass mason jars. And I feel 100% calmer. This might also be why I have a simple capsule wardrobe too.
Getting to the point of this article. I do all of my grocery shopping online with the exception of the once quarterly trip to Wegmans. I would shop online at Wegmans but I refuse to pay the upcharge. See my latest blog post about paying off debt for my reasons on not paying this upcharge. See I online shop because I find that I get all caught up with the hype of FOMO or BOGO or whatever fancy marketing thing someone puts in front of me to buy more stuff. I don’t need 10 cans of tuna. I hate tuna. I don’t need 10 cans of it!
I online grocery shop for various reasons that all support my minimalist goals of simplicity and working towards financial independence.
- I never lose my grocery list. How often do you get to the grocery store and realize that you don’t have your list? I did it so many times. It was very frustrating. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, where I do 99% of our grocery shopping, have fabulous apps where I can create a list of items that I need and in the quantities that I need. Just when we run out of something, I simply add it to the grocery list to pick up with our next order.
- I don’t buy extra stuff. Like I said before, I don’t need 10 cans of tuna because they are on sale. I don’t eat tuna now and I don’t see me eating tuna anytime between now and when it expires.
- I don’t go over budget. Since the apps kindly keep track of how much money my cart will cost, I can take some “it can wait until next week” items out of my cart. This allows me to stay on budget each and every week.
- I don’t throw expired or rotten food out. Wasting food aka wasting money and resources is something that really bothers me. I hate wasting money. I want to fuel my family with good food all the while I am paying off my student loans. Throwing away food = money that could have been put towards my student loans and moving me towards financial independence.
- I spend less time getting food. Wal-Mart has perfected its curbside grocery pick up process. The whole round trip from our home takes 30 minutes a week. There is no way on earth I could beat that time all the while I did my own grocery shopping. In the wise words of Marie Kondo, spending time at the grocery store does not spark joy for me.
Some of my fellow coworkers, Boomers to be specific, laugh at me and call me lazy. Then with the same breathe claim they are jealous of my free time to read so many books. See my current book problem. If I have more free time to do the things that I want, am I really lazy? I don’t think so Boomer!
Living a simple life is very important to me and my family. We thrive with simplicity. Maybe you too crave simplicity but don’t know where to start. Check out some of my tips and trick to declutter and simplifying that worked for me.