Grocery Delivery Options For You

Getting groceries delivered is the height of technology and luxury combining, but a lot of people shy away from the idea because they don’t know what food service to try. Well fear no more, because we’re here to break down some of the leading brands of grocery delivery and give you the information you need to pick the service you want!

Let’s start with Amazon Fresh. They charge a $14.99 / month fee, which is a lot unless you order groceries every week, in which case it works out to a good fee. They’re regular to a fault with their delivery (just like Amazon Prime!), and their food prices are decent. However, if you don’t order a ton or you’re worried about that fee, maybe this one isn’t right for you.

Instacart has a fee system based on the size of your order, and it can definitely build up fast. However, their main draw was that they are super fast, sometimes within a couple hours! They rely on what’s in stock at certain places, though, so you may not be able to get the items you want. FoodKick had a similarly small selection of items, but if you like their stock, they only charge $3.99 to deliver and have lots of nutritional / allergen information available!

FreshDirect requires that you order at least a day in advance, so you definitely have to plan for this one. It’s $6.99 for delivery, and sometimes their food is a little overpriced. Peapod, on the other hand, is $9.99 for delivery, but they often have specials that shave that price down. They have an excellent selection of prepared foods, however, and lots of household items as well!



Easier Ways To Pinch Pennies

We’re all for saving money, but sometimes the extremes that frugal people go to to save an extra buck seems like more hassle than it’s worth. A lot of people feel like it’s a choice between remembering to do a tiny thousand annoying things and never being able to save money, but that isn’t actually the case.

For example, super frugal people will tell you that you should rotate batteries from high powered items to lower powered, and vise versa. This uses the battery more efficiently, but it’s really, really annoying to remember to do. However, you could just invest in reusable batteries to save energy and skip the rotating all together!

Or what about the trick of saving butter wrappers to grease your pans after the main stick is gone? Sure it works, but now you have to store all these used butter wrappers until you need them. A better (and easier) way to conserve butter is to freeze it! It can stay good for up to a year in the freezer and you’ll use more when it’s solid!

A lot of people keep a bin next to their printer to save any scrap piece that could be used again, maybe on the other side. This is an excellent way to recycle paper, but as many apartment dwellers know, sometimes the addition of a single trashcan can make a space feel cramped. Instead, use smaller margins and fonts when printing, buy recycled paper anyways, and print on both sides! You’ll use less paper and still save the environment!

Move HERE And Retire Early

For many of us, work is what we do until we don’t have to do it anymore. We’re all looking forward to an early retirement after a life of hard work, but with the future of social security in question, our parents aren’t even sure that they’ll get to retire early, let alone us. What can we do while we’re still decades away from retirement to ensure that we don’t have to work until the day we die? The answer is simple: move.

That’s right, the majority of Americans live in a location that just isn’t conducive to early retirement for many reasons, but mostly because it’s too expensive to live there. Hip cities, coastal states, and tourist cities all fit this bill, and most likely the residents of places like that won’t get to retire early unless they’re wealthy and decide to. However, the news isn’t all dire; Forbes recently found the top ten cities in the nation where early retirement isn’t just a pipe dream. Though they may not be the hippest places to live, they just might allow you to live the life you want.

Tennessee holds three cities on the list, including the top two spots (Knoxville and Memphis, respectively). Wichita Falls, Texas and Jonesboro, Arkansas tied for number three, and four of the remaining six cities are also in the South. It seems like if you want to live somewhere where your paycheck (and savings) can really count for something, the South is where it’s at!

Bulk Savings On An Apartment Budget

There are such great benefits to shopping in bulk. For one, you rarely run out of something, and it cuts the amount of trips you have to make for non-perishables in half (or more)! And when you buy several of something all together, you usually get a substantial discount, making the prices unbeatable for a normal grocery store or online shopping trip.

However, it’s the rare person these days who can afford to stock all that extra bulk product. The toilet paper at Costco might be way cheaper per roll if you buy a small wagon sized amount, but where on earth are you going to put that in your two bedroom apartment? Well, it turns out you no longer need a pantry the size of your living room to rack up great savings, thanks to some savvy shopping and modern technology.

If you’re an Amazon shopper (and let’s face it, who isn’t at this point), chances are that all your favorite brands of non-perishables (things like hand soap, toilet paper, foil, etc…) are on Amazon, though for slightly higher prices than even the normal stores carry. This is where the technology comes in.

Sites like CamelCamelCamel are amazing because they track the products you love on Amazon and alert you via email when the price drops. And they do fall, often lower per product that what bulk stores like Costco offer! Set your price alerts, wait for your inbox to tell you when to buy, and enjoy all those extra savings!