The end of the year is always a time of reflection. Tonight on my way home I was “running errands” and by that, I mean carefully mapping my path of in-store pickups from my online shopping spree this weekend. While driving around, I really got to thinking about how crazy this world is we live in.
Today I received snap chat videos of our new Shark ION ROBOT that Derek bought me/us for Christmas to which the video played something like this “Alexa, tell Shark to clean”. Yes, our new vacuum cleans the house on the command of us yelling at a device just like our lights turn on and off when we say “Alexa turn off the bedroom lights”.
As these thoughts run through my mind of how crazy it is that a robot is doing my chores for me while I’m not home, I am picking up my online shopping orders paid for on a computer but shopped for by a store employee (one of which I ordered on my lunch break at work today). And I’m not just talking Christmas items, I picked up packaging tape today for crying out loud. It honestly took me longer to park and walk into the store than at the counter to pick up my orders.
When I walked into Target, there was no line, I handed the employee my ID, she brought me my already bagged item and I walked out the door with my receipt emailed to
my phone before I even got back to my car. Our Walmart now has a self-check-in (image right) to which I scanned the barcode on my email, waited for the one person in front of me to receive her order and had their employee hand me my bag, sign my name on her iPad and away I went.
It’s not that we are lazy that we have these robots and people doing things for us, it’s that we live in such a fast-paced world working full-time jobs and then some trying to keep up with the day-to-day of paying bills and surviving that we need to “cut corners” and automate anything we can to scavenge a minute here and a minute there.
On top of that, I got to spend Thanksgiving with my family instead of rushing to the stores at 5pm Thanksgiving Day, I sat in my pajamas at home on Black Friday and shopped online. I didn’t waste my time waiting hours in line for things like perfume, lotions, slippers, etc… and here I am able to get the same deals shipped to my house or picked up in less than 5 minutes.
But what is even better is you can do this too. You can leverage other people’s time and buy back some of your own. Not only are we saving time but we are getting paid and saved more money doing it this way. If you are interested in how we do this please fill out this contact form and I will help you get set up with your free account to save money this holiday season.
I know limited time and money is something more people can relate to that they might want to admit. In fact, Derek came across this on Instagram the other day from @minoritymindset to which park of the caption states “61% of Americans cannot afford a $1,000 emergency without going into debt.”. What if I could show you a way to save money on everyday household items like groceries and gifts or robots and packaging tape in our case? Would that make a difference with your emergency savings fund or your debt reduction?