The Easiest Way We Save Money on Gas
Happy Monday, friend! We were home this past weekend, which was so nice. On Saturday, Joel took all the kids plus two of Lucy’s friends to play soccer; this excellent decision on his part enabled me and one of our exchange students to be home alone, which ROCKED because we cleaned and chatted and got the whole house rebooted for the week. I was so thankful for her help…it just goes to show you that teenagers are actually awesome and super helpful!!!
Anyway, I want to throw out a quick little money-saving mini post since it’s Monday. If you haven’t read the others, these are just little hacks I have learned along the way in my journey from being a (slightly spoiled) only child who spent all her paychecks on new clothes to a mom managing a household of ten people. I’m not naturally frugal, and none of these tricks by themselves are going to revolutionize anyone’s checking account, but I’m hoping they’ll help you stash away a few more bucks to do something fun!
Soooooo…today let’s talk about driving the kids to all the things. We live about 15 miles from school, and our drive takes about 20 minutes. I realize for most people this is a light commute, but for me it feels like ONE HUNDRED HOURS LONG. This is because my car is a gas guzzler and my kids fight over which seat they want to sit in the whole ride, which means I’m actually paying someone for me to be furious for 40 minutes of my day. My solution? Have a weekly town day.
Here’s what a town day is: one day a week is set aside to run errands in town. I try to schedule all doctor’s appointments for that particular day of the week, I do my grocery shopping that day, and I do any other in-town errands that day. If the kids forget their homework folder, too bad. It’s town day, and I’m not driving home. If they want to go over to someone’s house after school, they better do it on town day when I’m still close by to pick them up afterwards.
Keeping all the errands and appointments to one day a week keeps me from wasting time and money driving back and forth to town multiple times on all the other days of the week. And it saves my sanity, because if I ran errands every afternoon with the kids in the car like I used to, I would lose my mind from all the bickering! Which, indentally, is pointless for them because every seat in my car has had countless gum pieces stuck to it, preK graffiti scribbled on it, and juices spilled all over it. No seat is “the good seat” anymore! But apparently they feel differently, and thus I’d rather not spend a ton of money on gas while listening to this never-ending argument.
What about you, friend? How do you save money on gas while still getting all your running around done?