Posted by: Sheri Lukasiewicz @ Peace by Piece | March 5, 2011

Organize your Errands

As gasoline prices continue to rise, household budgets can really feel the pinch.   One way to stretch that gas budget is to organize your errands.  By doing a bit of logistical planning, you can save yourself time AND money.  If you have different errands to run around town, chart your course.  Make a list of the stops you have to make (a stop at the gas pumps is a likely one) and then ‘map’ them in such a way to eliminate crisscrossing all over town.  This can also be applied to time of day trips.  If you have to pick up the kids afterschool, and you also have to return that book to the library, save the library trip until just before or just after getting the kids.  Don’t ‘start your engines’  multiple times during the day if you can accomplish them with one trip.

Another idea along those lines is to do this same type of mapping in regard to days as well.  If you have an errand that must be done sometime this week, like say, go to the courthouse, but you have a dentist appointment tomorrow, save the courthouse trip until tomorrow and accomplish them both on the same day, same trip. 

I know we all have busy schedules, but with a bit of errand organization, you’ll be able to cut down on a bit of that tank waste.  You may even be able to cross one of those stops at the pump off your list!  And with gas prices on the rise, stretching that tank as far as it will go will be a welcome addition to your household.  You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as you organize your trips and stretch your gasoline dollars all at the same time!

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