It's really interesting to me how shopping has changed over the past 5 years. From quick errand trips for toilet paper or face wash, to shopping for new clothes or a Santacon costume, it's continuing to become more convenient to use the Internet to help you with anything and everything you need to do! My first experience carrying groceries occured while living in Barcelona and was something that was an annoying adjustment for me, as it is to most when you first move to a big city. I'm used to driving to the grocery store and filling up my trunk with what I need. In San Francisco, unless you have your car, you can really only get enough for one bag to carry home, so it's more of a weekly task. It doesn't make sense to go do errands as often because, now, between carting bags home and limited apartment space, I'm not typically buying in bulk. Instead, it's easier for me to buy everything and anything online as needed.
With Amazon Prime, you can go to the "virtual" store to get your paper towels, tooth paste, Ziplocs, etc. In big cities we all struggle with finding the time to do anything, and the Internet has changed to help make our lives easier. There are a variety of tools we have available to us today that can help save us hours in our day. It seems like a lot of stress of living in a metropolitan area derives from the lack of time, and my time is something that's very sacred to me. Don't get me wrong, I love a little evening stroll to Walgreens or Trader Joe's to get out of the house and do errands, but sometimes I have trouble juggling my social, work, and personal life that I can't find enough hours in the day to get my necessary errands done. Here are some apps and websites that will help save you time and help you to get your SH%T done faster.
Stitch Fix: An online personal stylist for you. You fill out a Style Profile on the website and their personal stylists will handpick a "Fix" of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. It's membership based and you can simply pay for and keep what you like and return the rest.
Rocksbox: Similar to Stitch Fix, but it's a website simply for designer jewelry. You can get 3 pieces at a time, and keep them as long as you want. Return at any time to get 3 new ones. You can also pay for and keep any that you want.
Renttherunway: A website that delivers designer clothes to your door with return packaging and postage. Keep it for your event for 4 days and return. This is one of my favorite things for holiday parties, weddings, etc. where you need a fancier dress and will probably only wear it once so don't want to splurge. You can rent $1,000+ designer dresses for under $100 -- and they handle dry cleaning, so it's very hassle free! They also have an unlimited plan, which I have never tried personally, but it seems like a good idea because you're able to essentially "borrow" all types of clothes and jewelry or any occasion.
Sprig: One of my favorites!! A former chef at Google started his own on-demand meal service. They are affordable ($10-15), healthy, yummy and quick (within 15 minutes!). I use this app all the time when I don't have time to cook or don't have groceries. Use FUNK10 at checkout for a $10 credit.
Munchery: Similar to Sprig -- healthy food on-demand delivered to your door.
OrderAhead: On-demand delivery app for local restaurant meals delivered to your door or available for pickup.
Instacart: Using your phone or the web, you can order groceries and have them delivered to your door in minutes. You can choose from a variety of local stores including Whole Foods, Safeway, Costco, Mariano's and many more, as well as being able to mix items from multiple stores into one order. Use MFUNK1 at checkout for a $25 credit.
Saucey: An on-demand alcohol delivery app. Similar to Instacart, but for alcohol.
Luxe: An on-demand valet app that does everything from park your car for the day for $15, to fill up gas or get an oil change for you, to drive you home in your own car if you decide to have a couple drinks at happy hour! Use MEGAN8 for a $20 credit.
Postmates: An on-demand logistics app that connects customers with local couriers, who purchase and deliver goods from any restaurant or store in big cities, 24/7. Postmates is a go-to for anything and everything. For special events, they run specials and discounts on certain items. For example, a local florist was selling flower crowns for Outside Lands last year through Postmates for $5 and a free delivery. Use 7wuh at checkout for a $10 credit.
Bloomthat: On-demand flowers within a couple hours max. This is great for a friend having a bad day, someone getting promoted, or a birthday!
Soothe: My new favorite discovery -- I'm dying to try it. They've been heavily advertising on Facebook, and totally sold me. It's an app that schedules and manages appointments for masseuses that come directly to your apartment. I'd love nothing more to be able to chill out on the couch or in bed immediately after a relaxing massage. Use LMHLX at checkout for a $30 credit.