Since we’ve been married, I’ve tried to do this one and it’s working out well!
I try to combine my errands. I swing by the farmer’s market and the community garden on the way home from the base–where I shopped at the commissary, picked up a bottle of wine, went to the post office and filled up on petrol. (And no, I’m not drinking the wine. I’m stashing for the day…) The places I can walk to on base, I walk to. I try to schedule appointments on the same day and knock out whatever needs to be accomplished while I’m in town. (It doesn’t always work out, for instance, right now. I have to go downtown to pay a bill but have nothing else I need to do there.) If I have an appointment at the V.A. in Jacksonville, that’s my chance to run by Whole Foods and drop off my #5 plastic recycling or swing by the larger base that offers more things than we have here–like the optical store.
We’ve discussed that once my car has run its course, (with its present 143,000 miles), do we want to switch to a hybrid or merge to a one-car family? The hybrid sounds green and exotic but horribly expensive. The one car sounds inconvenient but doable. I could drop him off at work daily when I needed to run errands or have appointments. I know working couples who do this. We could figure it out. Hopefully, we’ll be stationed in a more urban area next time, where public bus systems actually run. (Imagine!) The bike isn’t an option due to the nerve damage in my legs. I just can’t ride that far. But I’m working hard on that. I practice weekly on the bike at the base gym and after months, can actually turn the bike on when I peddle now! Hooray!
If I’m not giving up the car all together yet, I sure as heck can use it less and in a more organized fashion for now. Like menu planning for the week, (and really all money-saving, green things) it only takes a bit of pre-planning.
The savings on gas alone has been worth it. And with gas at almost $4 a gallon, it is most certainly worth a try.
One thing I do like about this little town (which makes it so quaint) is that it’s so small, many of the locals who live downtown simply drive their golf carts around. Most of the carts are electric as I’ve seen them plugged in downtown. Talk about saving money!
How do you cut down on petrol?
- Chester, W.Va. bans riding golf carts on streets (wvgazette.com)
- Alberta village wants to legalize putt-putting around in golf carts (calgaryherald.com)
- Three Cheers for Two Wheels! (makinthebacon1.wordpress.com)