So y’all, it turns out that grocery shopping with two preschoolers in tow is more stressful that I thought it would be.
I suppose it’s partly my fault for (unintentionally) raising them to be this way. Or maybe it’s their personalities (one in particular). Whatever. The point it, it’s hard.
Going through the isles, keeping an eye on those little hands, listening to those little voices, correcting, it seems, every move.
You’ve been there, right? (if it’s just me, I don’t want to know.)
Then I discovered this thing.
**Queue the heavens opening, angels singing, and lightbulbs turning on over my head.**
It’s called site to store.
Specifically, for me, with Walmart, since it’s one of only two major grocery stores in our nearest, most frequented town.
And it’s very simple. So, so simple. Like, why-didn’t-I-think-of-this-before simple.
You order your groceries through Walmart’s website, preferably when the kids are sleeping. You just go through your list, check, check, check, done.
And you choose the free option to pick it all up at the store, and get notified when it’s ready – after which, you have a week to go get it.
I know, there is one problem with this idea: it really only works for pantry, and non-food items. You can’t site to store your produce and meat. Personally, I can handle that since, if I were to get them at Walmart, I only have to take the kids through one corner of the store. But for me, it’s mostly a moot point, since I typically head to the other major store in town to take advantage of their (in my opinion) better produce and meat section.
Only having to get the kids through one checkout lane instead of the normal two is a huge win in my opinion.
So that’s how I’m de-stressing my shopping trips. Here’s how I’m saving money:
1. I don’t walk through the isles, looking at and being tempted by things I don’t need, so I buy less, and the kids don’t get the opportunity to talk me into buying things they want that we don’t need.
2. Here’s the exciting one: I’ve started shopping through Giving Assistant. You go through their affiliate link to shop, and they give you the commission instead of keeping it themselves. As the name implies, the idea behind Giving Assistant is that you can put the money you earn back into the charities of your choice, or you can choose to chase out.
With Walmart in particular, you earn 4% cash back, and none of your money is redirected to charities.
From their website:
Due to our partnership with Walmart and their existing charitable contributions, 100% of your earnings will go to your cash back savings and will not be redirected to charity.
Is that a lot? Yeah, it adds up. I like to think of saving small bits of money in terms of what I can buy with it. For instance, after picking up my groceries, I get go get some FROYO with the money I saved through Giving Assistant. Not that I would ever do that. *ahem*
I put in just a tiny order the first time, to get a feel for how it works, and was pleasantly surprised a few days later to see this in my account:
So far I’ve only talked about Walmart, because that’s been the main store I’ve used with Giving Assistant, but there are literally thousands of other options, from Amazon, to Target, Best Buy, or even Cabela’s.
Literally anywhere you shop online, you can make a percentage back through Giving assistant.
Just go to your GA account, click through to a website, make your order, and a few days later, cash appears in your account. And your done.
Remember how I said shopping with preschoolers was harder than I thought it would be? Well, I guess not so much anymore.
This post has been underwritten by Giving Assistant. All opinions are mine.