As our lives get busier and COVID continues to wreak havoc on the world, shopping can be overwhelming, to say the least. With this new “normal” comes new shopping experiences that can make getting essentials both easier and safer for your family.

Curbside Pickup

If you are already out and about, you may not want to risk exposing yourself or your family to COVID. Perhaps you have been vaccinated and aren’t worried about getting sick, but you have young children. Instead of going through the trouble of taking them out of their car seats and hassling with them in the store, you can order your groceries and other supplies online for curbside pickup. An employee will bring your bags right to your car and load them as well.

In-Store Pickup

Maybe you don’t mind running inside, but you don’t have time to shop. You may even enjoy the few minutes of solitude that going in the store can bring. If this is the case, you can order all your goodies online, and opt for in-store pickup. If an item is not available, you can choose to have it substituted with something else or left off your list entirely.

Delivered to Your Door

If you are sick and don’t have anyone to help, getting to the store to pick up supplies can be a problem, especially if you have COVID. Let TMA Seattle do the legwork for you. You can find a wide array of items on their website, including cosmetics, and they will deliver your order right to your door.

Automatic Shipments

If you have particular items, such as toothpaste and laundry detergent, that you order regularly, some companies give you the option to receive automatic shipments. Simply choose a frequency, such as weekly, monthly or every three months, and the company will charge your credit/debit card and send your items directly to your door. If you no longer need the item or need it less frequently, you can go to your account and change the settings.

Shopping doesn’t have to be a daunting task. The world has changed, and shopping has adapted to this new normal. With thousands of people getting sick every day, it’s important for companies to offer more realistic shopping methods. Make getting your groceries and other necessities easier and more efficient by utilizing curbside pickup, in-store pickup, or have your items delivered straight to your door.

By Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing.

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