Remember when I told you about my goal to simplify, and part of that included less annoying errands? (Like running out of liquid hand soap and dishwasher tabs)
I promised to let you know how it went, so here we are — one month into our let’s-have-a-monthly-Walmart-AutoSave-order
so I don’t have to go out in public.
Sheets for C’s new bed, since I wanted to have an extra set. She has white and pale pink chevron cotton sheets on now and that’s all she has. D has two sets of the same soft jersey-knit sheets for his two beds and I’ve always liked how they feel like well-worn T-shirts.
A new drying mat because we use ours constantly with our new sink. I haven’t been washing it very often since it’s always in use, so yayyyy for having two in rotation.
Cleaning supplies (other than products for dishes + laundry) was completely forgotten during the first order. So, yeah, that. and that.
It turned out the garbage bags I’d ordered were too small and annoying for everyday kitchen use. I suppose our kitchen garbage can is larger than, uh, the norm?
So I ordered 80 clear outdoor garbage bags, which I are sturdier and larger and more like what I’d choose to buy if I was out in public. Like, actually picking things out in a store, like the olden days.
Dog treats were something I’d forgotten to put in the first order, and I think that’s a good staple to keep on the AutoSave. It’s not like the dog is going to stop peeing and pooping (and expecting to be rewarded for doing it outside).
The parchment paper is something I don’t use very often but SHOULD, so I guess it’s an aspirational purchase? I picked the smallest roll and it was less than $3, so it will probably last me a lifetime.
Oh, and a scrubby dishcloth for washing dishes. I admit, I was sucked in by the fact it was made by KitchenAid and the fact that it was black and would match our sink.
I think ordering these kinds of “boring basics” online is really working for us — so far, at least.
I get flustered in crowded (and uncrowded) stores. I suck at comparing prices (something that’s easy to do online). I forget what we need (well, this happened anyway).
And I’m too tempted by impulse items.
New packaging on that cereal! NEED!
Keeping a running automatic order of the basics means our grocery runs are completely food-focused, we’re not stockpiling dozens of bars or soap or disposable razors, and we’re not running out of frigging hand soap (EVER AGAIN).
Plus, I get really excited when there’s a package at the door. Even if it contains garbage bags and toilet cleaner?
There is a promo code on Bargain Moose for $10 off your order with Wal-Mart online! I ordered diapers and toothpaste; so exciting, haha!