Friday, January 14, 2011

Debi's Daily Dollar Idea: Double Up

With the price of gas skyrocketing, sometimes it seems that we may have to take a loan out at some point just to fill up!  That may be an exaggeration, but higher gas prices can take a gouge out of a wallet on a weekly basis.  My idea for today is mainly a challenge:  Don't drive your vehicle (except to drive to and from work) unless you can combine at least two errands.  In other words, for the rest of the month try not to drive your vehicle if you are only running one errand.  For example, before you get in the car to drop items off at the dry cleaners grab that stack of books that need to go back to the library.  If you are on your way to do your weekly grocery shopping, run those items to the post office on the way.  And if you can arrange it, try putting off a few errands and running all of them on one trip once a week. Try to think ahead and see if you can run errands either on the way to, or on the way back from work.

This may be painful for those of us used to instant gratification.  I often think nothing of driving all the way to the library just to get a "free" movie to watch, not even considering I just used a couple bucks worth of gas in doing so.  I could easily drop off a package at the post office, pick up a gallon of milk and use my coupons to get some nearly free items at CVS on the way.

So combine trips and see how long you can go without even driving.  When you do have to drive make sure you get the most out of your gas.  Post how you did!

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