Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Consolidate Your Trips

Gas may be cheap now, but don’t let that fool you into needlessly wasting gas. Prices could skyrocket again soon (which I will discuss later), and then the bad habits you’ve gotten into lately will start to hurt you even more. Everyone knows the big gas savers, such as don’t go on road trips, carpool, etc. But those are big changes. Did you ever consider that if you consolidate your trips, you could save a lot of money on gas?

  • Go to the grocery store once a week rather than before every meal.
  • When you have to go to a particular shopping center/area of town, make as many stops there as you can.
  • Make a list when you need to go shopping so that you don’t end up making multiple trips after you’ve forgotten something.
  • If you need to stop and get something after work, stop on your way home rather than coming home and going out later.
  • If you only need one thing from a store and you don’t need it right away, wait until you need more things from that store.

These may seem like simple things, but that’s the point – they are simple and easy to do. All you need to do is plan a little bit before you go out. And the results will add up.

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