If you’re like me, the idea of hosting a holiday get together is daunting and it may make you want to run away screaming in fear. Don’t worry, I feel you. I think you’re probably in the normal category.
Holidays are such a busy, chaotic time. We spend time shopping, cooking, waiting, organizing, planning and executing (no, not the in-laws, the plans). What if I told you that I could help save you a ton of time as well as a little gas and huge amount of holiday grocery store aisle road rage? You’d be all over it right?
I’ve talked about this a little before and it’s something that’s really made a huge difference in our everyday lives. Now, with the holidays coming up, this is going to be an even bigger time saver for me. Our lives are normally busy anyway. My husband works a lot, my daughter swims a lot and I drive a lot to get her where she needs to be. Add in school events, Christmas programs, holiday parties, work parties, my daughter’s birthday, shopping for gifts and planning and tap me out…I’m…done.
All you need is a little planning and some wifi to get the job done. Let me show you how.
EASY Holiday Entertaining
My Best Tip for EASY Holiday entertaining is to never, ever set foot in a grocery store…ever. Those places are crazy at the holidays! In college, I was a cashier at a major grocery chain. By the time New Year’s would roll around, I’d be checking out groceries in my sleep. It’s pure craziness there and a surefire way to drive yourself insane. Stay away from the grocery store!
You’re wondering how this is possible, right? It’s easy.
Plan ahead and make a list: Look ahead at your schedule. Are you hosting something? Are you having the holiday meal at your house? Do you need to take snacks to a school party? Do you have company coming? Plan it on paper first. Make a list of what you’re cooking and then break down each of those things into what ingredients you’ll need. From that list make a master list of the ingredients you need to purchase. Don’t forget to include paper products on your list. If you’re going to have extra people in the house, don’t forget extra paper towels and tissue. Will you be running your dishwasher more? Pick up some extra dish soap.
Place your order: From there, sit down at your computer or on your phone while you’re at a sports practice and order those groceries online. If you don’t get your order created, you can save your cart and go back to it later to finish.
Pickup or delivery: You’ll have to decide if you want to pickup your groceries or have them delivered to your home. Most major grocery chains offer delivery to your home and/or store pickup. In that case, they’ll bring the groceries to your car. No going into the store madness is required. If your local grocery store doesn’t sell alcohol, you’re in luck. Many local liquor stores now deliver. So go ahead and order that ahead too and it’s one less trip you have to make.
If you’re having a party on Saturday night, have your groceries delivered on Thursday or Friday. When is your company coming into town? Have the groceries delivered the day before. Easy right?
There may be a small fee for the delivery, but if you figure in the time and frustration you’re spending doing holiday grocery shopping, it’s worth it. You can also avoid impulse purchases and that will save you money as well. You can request what time you’d like to have your groceries delivered. It’s usually a two-hour window and they give you a quick call when they are en route to your home.
The most important part of this is the planning. If you start with an updated calendar and a list of the things you need, you’ve got it made. We keep a running list in the kitchen of the things we run out of or need weekly. If it’s on the list, it gets shopped for. If not, sorry, it’ll have to wait until next week. With this system, I make very few runs to the grocery store for miscellaneous things. I plan ahead and have groceries delivered weekly.
Each store has different policies so be sure to check out their delivery fee and schedule as well as their coupon policy when ordering.
My Other Favorite Way to Use this Grocery System
One other way to use this system is if you’ve got company staying for several days over the holidays. You know how it is; after a few days, you’re low on snacks and you need a fresh burst of food in the pantry. You’re out of milk and cereal. Someone forgot their toothpaste. Use the same system and order groceries mid-week when company is visiting. You will alleviate having to leave the house to run to the grocery store and it’ll give you more time to spend with your guests. Unless of course, you need to get out of the house??? If that’s the case, then run, just not to the grocery store! Opt for the coffee shop or a pedicure.
If you’re like me and going into the grocery store during the holidays is your idea of hell on earth, let me help save you some time and make your holiday entertaining so much easier! Have you had your groceries delivered? Do you love it?