Going a bit stir crazy yet?
One thing that is definitely frustrating about social distancing, self-quarantine, whatever you want to call it, is not being about to go out anytime we want. Whether we’re trying to do our part by staying in or we’re afraid of the risks, it can be hard to adjust to this new normal.
But one thing that makes it a bit easier is being able to bring a little of the outside world into our homes.
And thankfully we live in a time when we can get just about anything delivered right to our front door.
Here are some great options for necessities like food… and wine. 😉 And other fun things like wardrobe shopping.
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Meal Kit Delivery Services
I had wanted to try a meal service for a LONG TIME, long before the coronavirus. But I was hesitant, mainly because of the price and the fear of lots of wasteful packaging. I am so happy that I finally tried Hello Fresh!
And now under semi-quarantine, while working from home and homeschooling my two kids, it is an absolutely sanity-saver.
The meals are easy to make and incredibly delicious. I usually order three meals a week, which allows for some leftovers and supplements my own meal plan. That way it fits well within my weekly grocery budget.
Hello Fresh is the only meal kit service I have personally used. But if you’re looking for other options you can try:
Grocery Delivery Services
Shipt is a grocery delivery service I’ve used many times. I also used to be a Shipt shopper. So I’ve seen both sides of the company, as a consumer and a shopper/freelance employee.
It’s a good company with a good customer service model. And I’ve always been happy with my deliveries.
They have an easy-to-use format for picking your items via a computer or mobile app, and the shoppers stay in contact with you to make sure they are getting exactly what you need.
And it’s now more important than ever to have confidence in someone who’s fulfilling one of your basic human needs, food.
A few things to note:
1-There is a $99/year membership fee (which you can get 50% off from the link below).
2-You need to order a minimum of $35 for deliveries to be free.
3-Do not expect to get your order delivered in an hour. It usually takes longer to get it and drive it to you. And especially with current shopping issues, it will likely take longer.
4-If you order alcohol you will be required to show ID so have it ready.
5-Be prepared to tip. And as a former Shipt shopper, knowing how hard they work, please tip them well. So factor in 10%-20% over your total for a tip.
Shipt delivers from a ton of different stores like Target, Publix, CVS, Costco, Meijer, Petco. When you put in your zip code, it will show you the stores eligible in your area.
Click the image below to get half off your membership.
I’ve also used Instacart for grocery delivery and I’ve also been very happy each time. I use Instacart specifically when I want groceries from Aldi.
Some stores also have their own versions of grocery delivery or drive-up service.
Walmart offers curbside pickup. This is a hybrid model of sorts, where they do the shopping for you, you drive up to the store, and they load it all in your car.
Don’t want to prepare the food? Don’t have time? You can just get fully prepared meals delivered right from your favorite restaurants.
Some companies that offer restaurant food right to your door are:
Different services have different kinds of delivery fees and minimum order amounts, though you may be able to get extra discounts right now.
When you’re listing the important things you want to have during a quarantine, wine might be pretty high. Winc picks amazing wine for you based on your tastes and delivers it right to your door.
After you take a quick quiz, they suggest a box of four wines. You can keep them or pick different wines and have them shipped. I received my box within a week. They also give you recipes that pair well with each bottle.
Lots of moms shop online because the drama that involves taking kids to a store and into a dressing room is more like a 3-ring circus.
And now, since it’s not much of an option at all, shopping online is essential.
But I hate jumping through a bunch of hoops to return something and get a refund if it doesn’t fit or I just don’t like it.
That’s why Amazon Prime Wardrobe has been such a blessing.
If you still want the convenience of trying on the clothes at home before you buy them, but you don’t want to spend the time searching for the right styles, Fashom is the option for you.
You start by filling out a style quiz about what you like, your sizes, and what types of pieces you’re looking for. There’s a $15 styling fee, and that $15 is applied as a credit when you purchase an item. But the styling session is always free on your first box!
Your personal stylist picks out several pieces and you choose five of them to be shipped to you. You try them on, decide what to buy, and send back the rest.
Amazon and Fashom are the only clothing delivery services I’ve personally used. But if you’re looking for other options you can try:
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