As every mother knows, walking through a store with children in tow can be well, let’s call it an adventure. Even on a good trip, with my kids with me, hurrying is near impossible. I usually end up taking at least two bathroom trips for example. I think the kids consider it an adventure to go in the store bathroom. It takes me double the time to go through the store, with kids than it does when they are not with me.
Then there are the trips that don’t go well. Like, the other day I went shopping at Target with my children with me. This trip would have taken me no more than 40 minutes by myself….alas that wasn’t how long it took. The entire trip through the store was filled with words like, “No ,” “Stay with me,” “REALLLYYYY! I can’t believe you just did that” It was full of tantrums and tears. Both mine and my kids ;). In fact at one point in the trip, I turned my back to look at a price tag and my son disappeared. I don’t think I have ever been so scared. I ended up having to get a staff member to help me look for him. He was hiding under the clothes in the men’s section. When I finally found him, I thought I was going to break down right there in Target.
Needless to say, he is young and he is in the learning to listen to mommy in the store stage. There are days when I purposely take him to the store just to work with him and try to teach him to stay with me in the store. There are also those days, when I personally am not in the right state of mind. The reasons vary, sometimes I am tired, in a hurry or just generally have no patience left. On those days I have often thought about how much I would love a drive thru grocery store!!! What a miracle that would be to not have to get the kids out of the car and take them through endless aisles. Just imagine, you just tell the guy your order and they go get the stuff and hand it to you through the little magic window!!! In my area that is just a dream.
Let me tell you about the life hack I just discovered! No, it isn’t a drive thru grocery window, but to me it is almost as good.
Target has a feature online, that you can purchase stuff online and pick up in the stores. I was previously aware of that, but I recently found out that I can buy almost anything online, including toilet paper, diapers, wipes, etc., and choose free store pick up. There are certain food items that you can’t buy this way, but most paper items, cleaning items, etc., are available to purchase with this feature.
If you do this take a look at http://www.swagbucks.com. Swagbucks is a rewards site. You get a certain number of swagbucks for every dollar you spend if you go through their website to purchase the items that you want (Including of course at target). The exact number changes periodically. Right now, it is 2 swagbucks for every dollar. You then can use your swagbucks to buy gift cards to several different retailers. Personally, I save up my swagbucks gift cards over the course of the year and I use them to help me with my Christmas budget. You can earn swagbucks several ways, including doing web searches, watching videos, entering swag bucks codes, doing special offers, and shopping at various retailers on-line. I don’t spend a lot of time on the site, but I do find shopping through the site great and it gives me an extra savings.
To be clear, if you purchase your items with this method, you can’t use cartwheel or coupons, according to the Target store manager that I spoke with on the phone today. There are many days though that I need some things that I do not have coupons for and in that case, this is what I will do. I can go online through swagbucks, purchase whatever I want. I then go to the store and my purchase is waiting for me at the customer service counter. Further more, I get swagbucks back on my purchase that I will then use to get gift cards later. If you google target coupon codes, it is not uncommon to find a coupon code that takes $5 off a $50 purchase for example, for even more savings. The best thing about this is it saves me tons of time and energy! It will also keep me on budget, since I am not wandering through aisles and throwing random things in the cart. I know it isn’t exactly a drive thru grocery window, but for now it is about as close as I am going to get. I might still have to get kids in and out of car seats, but we should be in and out in just a few minutes. Hopefully there will be less tears all around.
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