This is the time of year when we’re always remembering one last thing we need to run out to the store and get. A box of semi-sweet chocolate, some ribbon, more stamps…
In the spirit of conserving gas and money, we are trying to cut down on those daily trips. Here are some tips:
-Keep a running shopping list near the door. Check it each time you go out to see if there are any errands you can combine.
-Look through your pantry and cupboards before running out to buy something. How many times have we come home with pasta or beans, only to find that we already had some in the cupboard?
-Shop with a friend when possible or have your friend pick something up for you when she goes out and vice versa.
-Plan out your shopping excursions. Take the most direct, sensible route. We live in a small town, so we try to drive the 20 minutes to the bigger city with major shopping areas only once or twice a week.
-Walk when you can. Park between Safeway and Target and get a little exercise instead of driving one parking lot over. *Remember to park in a well-lit area and to be aware of your surroundings, especially when shopping at night.