We get it. You’re so busy that you put your pants on backwards, packed cupcakes in your lunchbox, and placed your toddler’s shoes on the dog (we don’t judge). It’s nice to know on days like these there are services to help you with all the other stuff. Many of them are free, they’re convenient, and they all want to make your life easier.
1. Deal Squad agents comparison shop products, stack coupons for you, and find you the best price–for free.
You: You want to buy a product at the best price possible but don’t want to spend time hunting down deals.
Deal Squad: Scours the hottest deals for your requested items across over 100 sites, social media channels, and retailer newsletters so you don’t have to. Your cost savings are, on average, 20% – 40%, plus their team saves you precious time and a whole lot of hassle. And since the average response time is only 24 hours, you’re on your way to savings in about the same time it takes you to shave your legs, match your socks, and find all those deals for yourself. You’re welcome.
2. TaskRabbit-vetted contractors will do your grocery shopping for about $35.
You: Need a little bit of extra help.
TaskRabbit: Outsources errands to upstanding, insured contractors (not serial killers) who do them for a small fee. Need your shopping done? No fear; a local’s on it! They can even walk your dog or proofread your kid’s science paper. Think Uber for errands.
Cost: Average costs start around $20/hr for your choice of reviewed contractors. TaskRabbit keeps 20-30% of the contractor’s fee.
Locations: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, London, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
3. Google Express shops in-store and delivers to your house that day for only $2.99.
You: Want to head to Target but you’re not ready to commit to pants for the day.
Google Express: Shops popular stores like Target, Whole Foods, Toys”R”Us, and Costco—all in one place—and then delivers it to your door. You just add items to your cart, choose when you want delivery from each store, and check out using Google Payment. They process the order in-store and get it to you. BAM. #likeaboss
Cost: The $95/year Google express membership nets you fast delivery starting at $2.99 per store.
Same-Day Locations: San Francisco (2 hours), West Los Angeles (2 hours), Peninsula & San Jose, Manhattan, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
Overnight Delivery Locations: Northern California, Southern California, Nevada, Midwestern US, covering parts of: Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Kentucky
4. Automatic Reordering saves you up to 15% on items you use most.
You: Buy the same stuff habitually.
Automatic Reordering: Banks on your repeat shopping and, in return, rewards subscribers with great discounts to get you locked in as a frequent customer. Walmart Subscribe & Save, Target Subscription, and Amazon Subscribe & Save all offer automatic reordering for items you buy on a regular basis. Set up with Amazon auto-reordering and get up to 15% off. For Target, you get 5% off and free shipping on all subscription orders, plus an extra 5% off if you use your REDcard®. Regardless of service, be sure to check item prices from time to time to ensure you’re getting the best prices, since they might change and aren’t always the cheapest.
Location: Everywhere these retailers ship
5. Postmates buys your items locally and delivers them in about an hour, starting at only $3.95.
You: Need to get your nosh on fast. And you burned the pot roast. So there’s that.
Postmates: Enables you to get any product delivered any day of the year (any hour of the day) in less than one hour. They combine revolutionary urban logistics with an on-demand delivery platform so you get plenty of local couriers at your command who purchase and deliver goods from any store or restaurant in a city. Just pick your store, select the items you’d like, and pay through the app.
Cost: Delivery fees start at $3.95 and are determined by the distance from pick-up to drop-off and the capacity of the platform. Additionally, a 9% service fee is applied to the purchase price of your items.
Location: San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay), New York City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego, Orange County, Long Beach, Portland, Phoenix, Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Nashville, and Virginia Beach
6. Curbside Pickup shops stores like Target, CVS, and Whole Foods. You pay online and pick up at the curb.
You: Find products available for in-store pickup available through places like Target, Whole Foods, or Best Buy.
Curbside: Notifies you when your order is ready for pickup in about an hour, and they’ll meet you out front with your order when you arrive. They’ll even apply your Target REDcard® for 5% savings. Your credit card is charged when the order is placed, or in some cases, at the time you collect your pickup.
Cost: Free. Curbside makes money from small commissions for each purchase coordinated with retail partners.
Locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Charlotte
7. Care.com takes care of your shopping for less than $12 an hour.
You: Need toilet paper…now. Your nephews are headed your way.
Care.com: (In addition to finding health staff and caregivers) hires errand runners for you from their vetted pool of hard-working employees to accomplish your wish list. Just pick your errand runner, fill out the secure form, and send your payment.
Cost: $11.75/hour plus the cost of your items
8. Shop It to Me curates your favorite fashion brands and sizes and then emails you sales.
You: Want J-Lo’s personal shopper but have a Carl’s Jr. budget.
Shop It To Me: Copiously shops 200 fashion retailers and gives two billion product recommendations each month. Just select your style, the types of things you want to follow for frequent updates, and they let you specify brands, types of clothing (skirts, jeans, etc.), and your size. As soon as anything goes on sale, you get an email (sometimes a lot of email). Consider creating a second account for offers like these to keep your main inbox cleaner.
9. Delivery.com finds local delivery services and earns you roughly 2% cash back.
You: Want someone to do your dry cleaning or buy your daikon radish.
Delivery.com: Lets you order food, alcohol, groceries and laundry services online from local businesses offering delivery. All you’ve gotta do is enter your address in the search bar on the homepage, select the category you’d like to browse, and buy. And while they can’t apply coupons to grocery trips or to food orders, you can earn roughly 2% cash back (25 points for every $1 spent pre-tax and tip)—about $20 for every $720 spent.
Cost: Delivery.com is free, but companies may charge their own fees. Delivery.com earns a small percentage from every order they refer.
Locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bethesda, Bronx, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Dallas, Denver, Falls Church, Folsom, Fresno, Herndon, Hoboken, Houston, Jersey City, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Queens, Reno, Rockville, Roseville, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, San Ramon, Silver Spring, Somerville, Stamford, and Staten Island
10. Drizly delivers your booze in under an hour for $5.
Drizly: Has an app to get beer, liquor, and wine delivered to your door within an hour by working with local liquor stores so you get exactly what you see on the shelf. To make sure your toddlers aren’t boozing up, they even use forensic ID verification technology to confirm legit ID. Check out, enter discount codes, pay, and even tip your driver, all right from the app. In less than one hour, it’s happy hour.
Cost: Depending on the market, delivery fees run anywhere from free (New York) to $5 in most markets.
Locations: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hoboken/Jersey City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, New York City (and the Hamptons), Providence, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, D.C., and Edmonton, Alberta
11. Assi.st gives you what you need without yet another app.
You: Want to hire a courier, get food delivered, book reservations, order tickets, book hotels, send flowers, and more—but without yet another app.
Assi.st: Uses platforms like SMS, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram, and Kik. Just send a message to Assist, and they find the best deals for anything from places like Opentable, Seamless, Grubhub, Foursquare, Uber, Postmates, Stubhub, and FloristOne. For most options you just pay via Stripe on its site, and your wish is their command.
Cost: Free. There’s no additional markup, service charge, or subscription fee.
Available: Everywhere Assi.st has access to local businesses
12. Subscription Boxes give you convenience and a premium product.
You: Want cool, curated stuff you use every day, but for a discount.
Subscription boxes: Are a way of restocking items you use regularly for cheaper than if you’d purchased those items individually. Dollar Shave Club (men’s grooming supplies starting at $12), MunchPack (snacks starting at $9.95), and BarkBox (dog treats starting at $21) come delivered to your door with new, cool stuff every month. And if you’re ever unhappy, you can cancel at any time.
Cost: From $9.95 a month