A Young Mom can find More Time with an Innovative Shopping List

Kids fall asleep in the car all of the time. You have to decide whether to take them inside to their beds, risking them waking up or use this time to your advantage and let them sleep. With a little bit of planning, you can accomplish a lot during in-the-car nap time.

Banking. Make your deposits and get cash from the ATM that you need for the weekend

Get Gas. Fill up the gas tank, using pay-at-the pump; it is better to do it when you are not rushed…

Prescriptions. Go ahead and refill your regular prescriptions while you have time. Don’t forget to keep on hand all of the great coupons found in weekly flyers for $20 gift cards when you transfer or get a new prescription filled.

Dry Cleaning. Pick up and drop off your dry cleaning clothing at one of these convenient drive thrus.

Fussy Cleaners 55 Ghent Plaza Fairlawn, OH (330)864-8352
City Laundry & Dry Cleaning 1608 W Market St, Akron, OH (330) 864-9722 and at 3525 S Arlington Road Akron, OH (330) 896-0243
Cavalier Cleaners 2919 W Market StWest Market Street Fairlawn, OH (330)864-1011

Clean Your Car. If your car is like mine, it can always use a good wash. Run it through your neighborhood car wash.

Keep a stash of plastic grocery bags in your car so that you can toss all of the garbage that collects in your car.

Clean the inside of your car, wipe down the dashboard, sides of the door, console, etc with Armorall multi-purpose car wipes. They are guaranteed to not dry out.

Groceries. You can’t go grocery shopping but you can pick up a few essentials that you need at the local drive thru. You may be surprised to find that you can buy more than alcohol at the beverage drive thru. Milk, snacks, soda pop, and chips can be found at all of them. Many have attached convenient marts, so you can also pick up bread, mayo, eggs, ice cream, toilet paper, and more.

Cole’s E-Z Ride Thru 3241 Massillon Road, Akron, OH (330)896-4770
Al’s Discount Drive Thru & Market 1878 Copley Road, Akron, OH (330)867-6519
Arlington Beverage 1367 South Arlington Street, Akron, OH (330)773-3738
Demarinis Drive-Thru 440 East Exchange Street, Akron, OH (330)434-2386
Kelly Drive-Thru 741 Copley Road, Akron, OH (330)384-1422
Magics Mart & Drive-Thru 618 Wooster Avenue, Akron, OH (330)745-3611
Six Corners Deli 780 Eastland Avenue, Akron, OH (330)733-4565
White Pond Drive-Thru 2074 Copley Road, Akron, OH (330)864-4479

Dinner. You don’t have to sacrifice nutrition and quality when you pick up dinner out. Many local restaurants offer curb site pick up. Check these out.

Applebee’s Bar & Grill 2897 South Arlington Road Akron, OH (330) 644-5303 and at 3738 West Market Street Fairlawn, OH (330) 666-2247
Max & Erma’s Restaurants 3750 West Market Street Fairlawn, OH (330) 666-1002
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant 3265 West Market Street Suite 100 Fairlawn, OH (330) 869-5990
Outback Steakhouse 110 Montrose West Avenue Copley, OH (330) 665-4849 and at 738 Howe Avenue Cuyahoga Falls, OH (330) 928-9550
Chili’s Grill & Bar 4022 Medina Road Akron, OH (330) 668-2882

Clip Coupons. Make it a habit to keep your coupon book and weekly coupons in the car. Keep scissors secure in glove compartment.

Grocery List. Write up this week’s grocery list using this week’s sale ads from your newspaper.

Read. Always keep a magazine or book in your car for times when you have free time to read!

Write Notes. Keep a stash of stationary cards in your car to keep in touch with friends and family.

Take a nap yourself! This is only advised if you are in your own driveway.

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