As millions of Americans face the prospect of being quarantined -- either self-imposed or medically necessary -- all of us are looking for creative ways to accomplish our daily chores and activities.
To help you minimize your time away from home, here are a few tips on how you can get things done -- including your banking -- without leaving home:
- Order groceries online, but only buy what you can reasonably use. While there are no current shortages, excessive buying has made some items hard to find.
- If you have to make a trip to the store, check with neighbors and family to see what they might need.
- Schedule household and nonperishable items for routine delivery. Be sure to consider what you have room to store before you order.
- Arrange for curbside pickup for groceries. It won’t keep you entirely at home, but it does limit your exposure to just one person.
- Take advantage of drive thru or curbside pickup for fast food and restaurants. Many restaurants have added this service, expanding your choices beyond traditional fast food options.
- Pay bills online rather than using the post office. You can set this up on your BBVA Mobile Banking app or online banking if you haven’t already.
- Better yet, set up auto bill pay and go paperless.
- Use Facetime or Skype in place of personal visits. Of course, it won’t be as much fun, but it’s definitely more entertaining than a text or email. Some apps even let you interact with more than one person at a time.
- Deposit checks online using mobile banking apps.
- If your banking business can’t be done online, consider using the drive-thru or customer service number. If that won’t work, you may be able to arrange a personal appointment with your banker.
- For banking services that require you to visit a branch, be sure to check the bank’s branch locator to confirm current hours.
- Take advantage of televised or live-streamed church services rather than attending regular services for a while.
- Choose a pharmacy that offers drive-thru pick up or one that delivers. If possible, consider getting 90-day supplies of medications you take regularly.
- Take advantage of online museum tours and live social media events (such as zoo tours) to keep your kids -- and yourself -- entertained.
- Download books from your public library. Most local public libraries have this service, and many -- like the New York Public Library -- are temporarily making larger collections available.
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