This is a golden age, my friends. In the history of the world, it's never been easier to be so gosh darn lazy. Technology startups are allowing us to automate everything, from how you save money to when you want to have fresh flowers delivered to your door. What a time to be alive!
With a little forward thinking and help from a few tools, anyone – no matter how busy or lazy or just plain efficient – keep a clean, beautiful, well-stocked home. Here's how 21st century lazy people keep their sh*t together...
They have groceries delivered.
In just one hour, Instacart will have everything on your grocery list at your door, including produce, frozen foods or even booze (they will check your ID when it's delivered, college students). How it works: a personal shopper runs to your local store (Whole Foods, Costco and a host of others) and does the shopping for you.
The Details: Minimum order is $10. Delivery fees range from $3.99 to $9.99 depending on delivery speed and order total (or join Instacart Express for $99/year and get free shipping). Available in 17 states across the US (see them here) from 9 am to midnight. "Busy pricing" applies for busy times.
They have flowers delivered.
Keeping fresh flowers around is not only beautiful, but it helps with your personal health and happiness. The Bouqs is an online floral retailer that wants buying flowers to be a familiar and easy part of your routine. You choose the bouquets (or let their team do it for you), the frequency and the subscription price, and The Bouqs ships them right to your door so you have fresh flowers year-round.
Link: The Bouqs
The Details: Flowers show up just 2-4 days after they're cut. Starts at $40 per delivery (shipping already included). Ships anywhere in the US. No commitment; you can cancel or pause whenever you'd like.
They even have their clothes delivered.
With a Le Tote subscription, you might never have to shop again. Le Tote delivers clothes to your door that you "rent" for as long as you'd like. Choose to buy anything you like, then ship the rest back to get a new "tote" of clothes to try out. With each tote, their stylists will customize selections for you, but you have the option to switch anything out for your own selections before it's delivered, so the whole thing is only as hands-on or hands-off as you'd like it to be.
Link: Le Tote
The Details: Sorry dudes, ladies' clothes only for now. Subscription is $49 per month. You get only 3 garments and 2 accessories in each tote, but unlimited totes per month. Free shipping both ways. No commitment. Optional insurance is an additional $5 per month to cover any damaged rented items (otherwise you have to buy any damaged merch).
They let other people handle their mail.
With the Shyp app, all you need to do is take a picture of something you need to ship, and it will be on its way. Somebody else will come pick the item up, pack it and send it anywhere in the world. No boxes or bubble wrap necessary, Great for small businesses or just people with far-away friends and family.
The Details: Shyp charges $5 per pickup, plus the cost of shipping (they choose the most economical option from many carriers). Available now in San Francisco, New York, Miami and Los Angeles (find out if your zip code is included here); available soon in Chicago. Ship up to 20 items per pick up, as long as they fit in a car's backseat and don't weigh more than 50 lbs. Economy and express shipping is available (express must be picked up by 2 pm).
They automate their savings.
Digit saves your money without you even realizing it. After connecting your checking account, Digit uses your spending history to predict your cash flow, setting aside small amounts of money (a few dollars here or there) that you don't need for daily expenses. The extra cash goes into your Digit account, which you can transfer back into your checking account whenever you need it, within one business day (Digit sends text alerts to keep you up to date, and you can just text back to make a withdrawal). I've watched the video, I had a friend who swears by Digit try to explain it to me, but all I can come up with is "magic."
The Details: U.S. only. Totally free. Digit does not pay interest on your account (that's how they make money). Digit accounts are FDIC-insured. They're so confident their algorithm only takes what you don't need, the no-overdraft guarantee will pay any fees associated with Digit withdrawals.
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