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I Tried Instacart And It Changed My Life

I Tried Instacart 

Have you ever heard of the term Instacart? I didn’t either until about a month ago. I always thought that people who had their groceries delivered were just lazy, and that they must have a lot of money. But then I tried Instacart and I was instantly a huge fan of grocery delivery. You can also ask Amazon’s Alex to order items online. If you haven’t tried Instacart or any other grocery delivery service before, this is how it works:

 

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Fresh Groceries Without Leaving Your House

Shop Their Website

To start shopping for groceries download their app or go on their website. You can shop from popular local stores and buy what you would normally get from a grocery store. Just add it to your online shopping cart and pay with a credit card. A few hours later and you will have fresh groceries at your door. There is a delivery fee but it was much lower than I expected. I would still background check the delivery driver. 

Save Time

I used to think that grocery shopping was just one of those household chores that I was expected to do as an adult. But realizing that I don’t have to waste these hours was enlightening. This gives me more time to do next chore, the next appointment, or go to work. Saving hours of my time each week is well worth the small delivery fee. Not to mention all the hassle it saves and not having to deal with traffic. 

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Truck Delivering Groceries

Amazon Prime

If you have never tried Instacart, you should research the grocery delivery options in your area. There are lots of companies now that will deliver groceries and other items to your home. If you have Amazon Prime you can even get groceries and meals delivered from Whole Foods in just a couple of hours. Grocery delivery is definitely becoming the new normal for people who are busy with family and work. 

There are only so many hours in the day. If you find yourself constantly stressed and feeling like there’s never enough time to get things done, try grocery delivery. This will free up some of your time and reduce your worries. You’ll be amazed at how much it will simplify your life and how much time and stress you will save. If you enjoyed this, check out my last post budgeting in the digital world

Grapevine has a technology section, with apps for budgeting.

Tips For Budgeting In The Digital World

With so many online stores and credit cards, it’s easy to spend money you don’t have on things you wish you did. Going over it in my mind, there are a few things I wish I had. A newer car. A better laptop. Maybe a new firearm for my collection. But these things aren’t necessary, they are luxuries. Accordingly to many lifestyle blogs that cover new trends, like Grapevine, there’s something in us that wants to make us believe that we need the newer, better thing.

That’s why budgeting is so important. It’s become an industry in and of itself. In fact, you can find books and teaching series devoted to how you can budget your money better. It involves self-control, but it also takes practice and some good tools.

While building credit is important, part of the danger is having one or several credit cards. They enable you to spend money that you don’t even have, under the obligation that you pay your credit card company or bank a certain amount of money each month.

How To Budget In 2018

Take A Step Back

Some people may wonder what the point of budgeting is if they’ve already built up a bit of debt. They may also think about what they should do to get out of the debt they’re already in. It’s important to remember that there’s always hope of being in good financial standing. Depending on how much debt you have, there are different options.

One good option is to transfer your balance to a credit card that offers a lower interest rate or APR. This is a good way to pay back less over time, since there will be less interest.

Remember that it takes time. Getting out of debt doesn’t happen all at once. It takes patience and commitment, and it starts with learning how to budget better.

Get The Right Tools

It's possible to stay on top of your finances with your smartphone.
You can use your smartphone to keep track of your finances.

One of the most important things in maintaining a budget is having the right tools. You wouldn’t try to build a house without a hammer, saw, and all the other essential tools. Sites like Grapevine cover the newest technology and apps, which can all help you budget. One of the best tools for budgeting is called Mint, which can be found on the App Store. It lets people quickly and easily see how much they’ve been spending, and whether they are spending more than they’re making.

One of the most important keys in maintaining a budget is saving more than you spend. That means you can put the extra money in a savings account or pay off your debts.

Practice Saving

If you want to budget your money, a savings account is your best friend. It’s a way to build up emergency funds, but it’s also where you can put money that’s “off-limits” for spending on luxury items and other non-essentials.

Budgeting isn’t easy, and there are distractions in the modern world, which you can read about on Grapevine, that make it more difficult than ever. But with the right tools, like Mint, and a good checking and savings account, you can start saving more and spending less.