With gas up well over $4 a gallon (here, a brief pause while you all gasp) I’ve been limiting my own gasoline usage for quite awhile. I’m fortunate that we live within walking distance to town and both of my boys can walk to work. Since I work from home, I generally only drive the car once or twice a week. Certainly I drive it little enough that I’ve wondered if we truly need it.
This month, as school gets into full swing, many families may see a surge in their fuel usage – but I’m challenging you to cut it. Inspired by this post over at Living Large in Our Little House, join me during the month of September as I work to cut my driving down even more. As Living Large asks:
Do you really need to take the kids to school and pick them up, idling your car in those long lines in front of the school?
Here’s the challenge: Eliminate ONE car trip from your weekly travels. Ask yourself if you really need to drive to the post office, the bank, the store. Could you save that trip and do it on the day you have a can’t-miss appointment scheduled?
Living Large offers some great tips for using less gas. Here are a few more:
- If you must deliver kids to and from school, make friends with the neighbors. Sharing this duty will save fuel for both of you.
- If you’re a daily commuter, consider taking the bus one day a week. If there’s no way around driving to work and back, see if you can ride share. If those are just not possible, eliminate a weekend car trip.
- Use a shopping list. Running back to the store for the one item you forgot uses just as much gas as you’d use for an entire carload of groceries.
- Stock up at the store if you can. If you’ve got a full pantry, you’ll be less inclined to head to the store for one little thing.
- If your pantry is relatively full, shop at home. Instead of making what sounds good for dinner (how’d we get into that bad habit?) make dinner with the ingredients you have on hand.
So. Who’s in? What’s ONE car trip in a week? Surely you can join in for the greater good!
Photo: Flickr user Dylan Passmore