A while back I confessed that I had resorted to doing my grocery shopping online because I was overwhelmed with work and parenting. At the time, the extra expense seemed worth it because I'm still trying to "make a clearing" in my life to fit in everything else.
But the reality is it's actually not more expensive for me to use Instacart. I'm really not sure why. At first I thought they might be tricking me as a way to get me to come back again (since the prices on every item fluctuate). So I tried it again. And again. And again (basically every week since I wrote that last post). It might be because I'm not walking by unnecessary items and tossing them in the cart. That would make sense, except I'm not really that kind of grocery shopper. I go in with my list and pretty much stick to it.
It might be because some of the items are actually less expensive on Instacart, especially store brands (which I buy as frequently as possible). Regardless of the reason, I am hooked. Spending ten minutes to order groceries from the comfort of my home is a real godsend right now. Parenting is so hard! Tate is two and Henry is 4.5. I know I don't have any right to whine about it. My mom was a single mom when I was Henry's age. I can't even imagine what that must have been like. Or what it would be like to have to parent and work two jobs or worry about having enough money to pay bills or put food on the table.
But regardless, I'm eager to take things off my plate when I can. I've also been sticking to super-easy meals for our family (like penne pasta bake) and prepping as many ingredients as possible on Sunday. Sometimes I'll make a whole meal ahead of time and pop it in the fridge, or I'll just do all the chopping and shredding so that during the week I can simply toss it together. It's working out for us!