I have a confession- I love to run errands. I know. I’m a total freak. I’ve always enjoyed grabbing a coffee, hopping in my car, and checking things off my to-do list. It helps that I don’t have kids to drag along with me, and I actually enjoy it for some “me” time.
However, I have to admit my views have changed since moving back into the city. The traffic, parking, and steps up to my apartment have taken away the once-calm routine I enjoyed. Denny and I are also without a car for a few weeks while we wait for our new one to arrive (the perks of having a dad who works for Nissan) so we’ve been even more limited in our errand endeavors.
So what’s a girl to do? Outsource, of course! I’ve never been big into delivery services, but I’ve found a few that have made life so much easier. Surprisingly, they also aren’t as pricey as I would have anticipated which makes it a little easier to justify. Here are a few of my favorites-
Instacart– This is my favorite grocery delivery service, primarily because Mariano’s is my favorite grocery store. (Aside from Trader Joe’s, of course.) The delivery fee can vary a bit depending on busy hours, but we’ve typically paid $6.99 for a Monday delivery. It’s also nice that the fee doesn’t change based on the size of your order. My favorite part about Instacart is that your delivery person will text/call you if certain items are unavailable. They may also swap your unavailable item for a similar one when possible, but you’ll be notified via text so you can confirm or reject this swap. You’re also able to flat-out cancel replacements for a full refund. FYI- we also use Instacart for Kriser’s Natural Pet Store as King Colby will only eat certain brands. If you’re interested in trying Instacart for yourself, you can use promocode KHUGHES4F910D for $10 off your first order!
Envoy– I’ll be honest that I haven’t personally tried this one yet, but it was worth including since Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are store options. Envoy pairs you with one person who will become your go-to person (or, envoy) for every future order. It looks like the price is a little steeper ($12 plus 10% of your order total), but, if you’re a die-hard Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods fan, it might be worth the cost!
Postmates– Every Wednesday at work one department has to bring in snacks. Every Wednesday that my department is responsible I forget. Enter Postmates! They deliver food, groceries, alcohol- what else do you really need? I try not to order lunch very often at work, but Postmates is quick with a reasonable delivery fee ($3.99 is pretty common) for when the temptation wins out.
Return Runners– You guys, this is a game changer. I’m hopelessly addicted to online shopping, and I tend to buy in bulk during sales… or just to avoid shipping costs. The part that isn’t as fun? Schlepping all your items back to the store if you need to make returns. That’s where Return Runners comes in. They’ll come pick up all your items and return them to the brick-and-mortar store for a fee. I’ve used this service three times now, and it’s always gone through seamlessly. They charge $9.99 per return request with an additional $0.99 per item, and I remember getting a discount for my first order. It isn’t necessarily cheap, but I’ve used them during big sales like the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Let’s just say that fee was a small fraction of the total return I was making. Bottom line- if it’s hard for you to get to the store or parking would cost a ton anyway, Return Runners will make your life a million times easier.
car2go– Like I mentioned above, Denny and I are without a car for the next few weeks. Fortunately, Chicago offers a lot in the way of transportation, but sometimes you just want to be able to drive around in your “own” car. Car2Go recently arrived in Chicago, and I’m seeing their cars pop up everywhere. You just download the app on your phone and upload a picture of your driver’s license. Once you’re confirmed, you’re good to go! I’ve actually used a similar app (Getaround) in the past, but it was such a pain having to pick up/return from a designated parking space. With Car2Go, you can drop the car anywhere! I’d say the only downside is that the cars are relatively small, but they’re good for running errands or just meeting a friend on the other side of the city!
Makespace– Denny and I recently went through the hell of moving, and now we’re dealing with the hell of owning too much crap. We’ve made an effort to donate and get rid of stuff we just don’t use, but there’s still a ton of decor, memorabilia, and nice dinnerware that just doesn’t fit in our current place. I recently discovered Makespace, and I’m still trying to figure out if it’s too good to be true. They essentially supply bins for your stuff, pick it up when you’re ready, and deliver it to a storage unit. They’ll also bring it back whenever you want, and all of these services cost less than your standard storage unit. Denny just cleaned out our old Milwaukee storage unit, but I have a feeling we may be trying this place in the near future…
I’m still at the point where the pros of living in a city outweight the cons, and these services help with that! Because why not let someone else do the heavy lifting when you’re just too dang tired to do it? Have you tried any of these services or plans? Let me know!