I’m never stepping another foot in a grocery store ever again.
Aright maybe that’s a small lie, but I just tried out a grocer delivery service and I’m never looking back.
C’mon man groceries, really?
Honestly, this right here is a game-changer. This will save on the order of 2 hours of frustration per week of a menial task, all for a couple bucks extra per month. And when I say a couple bucks, I mean $5–20. Almost ten hours to mess around with for twenty bucks? Hell yeah.
The top benefits
- Never get lost in a store trying to find something for the 10th time
- Not having to fit a trip into your schedule every week
- Never get to the store only to find out they ran out of your items
- Shop on your couch in your underwear
- Submit a repeat order in 30 seconds
- Deliver on the same day each week to systemize your food prep and solidify routines
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten out simply because I hadn’t done my food prep for the week. Nine times out of ten I didn’t do food prep, I didn’t have the groceries I needed. It wasn’t really for lack of time. I’m probably going to save $50–100 a month just from eating out less for this reason alone.
Thoughts initially holding me back:
- I won’t get items on sale. Wrong! If it’s on sale in-store you still get it at the same price if delivered. You’re store card is tied to your account, so you get every sale that you would otherwise and never have to pull the whole ‘I forgot it at home’ routine.
- Delivery is expensive. Nope! Delivery rates are below $10 per order, and usually if you select a low volume period and/or allow for a wide time-range you can save a few bucks off of that as well. (Even if delivery was triple that, the time savings and frustration-free experience of shopping off your phone personally is a dream)
- Delivery minimums are high. Delivery minimums are around $60-$70. My first reaction was that was too high and I didn’t have the volume to take advantage. Well, the average household spends about $300 on groceries. I spend just about that much even though I live alone as much of my food is organic. Even if you’re half the average, ordering groceries two-weeks at a time works out to $75.
- What if some of the produce isn’t fresh?
- What about when items are out of stock?
Even for times that you have to run out and grab something, you’re still in the clear in my mind. Let’s say you stock up every two weeks and you need to run out and grab one or two items every other time, or once a month.
One: You can find the closest store, whatever is most convenient, as opposed to going the extra distance for a place that has everything you need.
Two: Once you get to said store, having to find only one item is soooo much quicker when you don’t have to lug around a carriage and find a dozen things. Not only is it quicker but drastically less taxing mentally. Oh and now you can use the express lane. Win!
Plus most services refund anything you’re not happy with, no questions asked. Twice I’ve had a full carton of eggs credited back when a solitary egg was broken in each. Not bad eh?
Grocery shopping is for chumps
Would you pay $2 per hour to get rid of a repetitive, stressful you repeat multiple times a month? Even if you weren’t building a business, that time could be spent doing just about anything with positive ROI.
Even if you pay a little more as opposed to somewhere cheaper, the time and mental willpower gained is invaluable. Don’t waste limited willpower deciding when to go, figuring out what items you need, going off on a goddam scavenger hunt looking for everything.
Spend that willpower on things that matter, like picking up clients!
Or, in this case your life.
Try a ten minute experiment and place an order with a local grocer delivery service. Many offer free delivery the first few times along with first order discounts.
Time savings for a DJ business
So, how can this framework be applied to DJing.
Take a step back and make note of things you repeatedly do, over and over. Ask yourself, is there anything you can do up front to make each future instance easier?
For example, before every gig I run through a mental checklist to ensure I have everything I need. Depending on the gig this can vary, like whether I need lighting gear or not.
Instead of thinking about everything I need for each gig (and risk missing something), I sat down and made a list of everything I’d ever need and categorized each bucket of items depending on the gig. I then put the checklist on Google Forms so I’d have it wherever I go and just need to hit my bookmark before I head out the door. You can check it out here.
Now it takes about 60 seconds to quell the anxiety that I might have missed something before I leave for an event.