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You may be aware that increasingly, moms (and everyone) can pay for convenience. Countless apps and services harness technology to rapidly deliver everything from a new outfit to take-out. For many doctor moms, outsourcing is the air we breathe. It allows us to save lives and actually enjoy our own. I’d heard about Instacart from many wise physician moms before I finally used it myself. A service that delivers groceries to your door, Instacart is the ultimate working-mom hack.
Ben Franklin said that “Time is money.” That’s why I’m sure he’d approve of the Instacart concept. It gives you access to the convenience of someone gathering, packing, and delivering your goods for you, for just $10 plus tip. I don’t know how you feel about food-shopping, but I’d rather skip it. Wrestling bags into my trunk, only to hear them tip over on the drive home: these are my least favorite parts of food-shopping. Not to mention the time spent hunting for what you need.
One busy day, I realized our friends were arriving by dinner, but we didn’t have any food. I was between cases, with no time to run to the store. Bob was tired of bearing the brunt of the grocery shopping. After signing up for an Instacart account, I was surprised how quick and easy it was to find and buy the things we needed that night. Even sale prices were displayed! I chose hamburger meat, buns, condiments, milk, and berries; I even filled the freezer with wild-caught salmon fillets and chicken thighs for future meals.
While shopping, I could step away to see a patient or sign some paperwork, and return to continue shopping at my convenience. Since I didn’t have time to physically go to the store before our friends arrived that day, online ordering was the perfect solution.
Ordering your groceries is a great working-mom hack. If you earn more than $20 per hour doing what you do, it’s worth the time savings to outsource grocery shopping and schlepping.
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xo, Tired Superheroine
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