DH still has to drive back and forth to work since he works in the next town over, but even he's looking into carpooling options with other faculty members.
I've also started e-mailing my husband a grocery list twice a week. He now stops and picks up some stuff since the market is on his way home and I'd have to make a special trip. I've had to come to terms with relinquishing some control over the process but it's been a good solution overall.
And, my husband has given both our cars a tune-up/once over to make sure they're in optimum condition for their ages and mileage. That makes a big difference in our fuel economy.
Originally Posted by KariM
Thankfully the warmer weather (temps in the 40's and higher) came right about the time the gas prices rose!
I commute quite a bit for work (70 miles a day) but staying in for lunch instead of driving an extra 4 miles. I usually did it jsut to get out- but now that the weather is nicer I will walk & eat my lunch here now. I am pretty frugal since I dont want to get used to 2 incomes yet,so I will cut back on other things & continue to watch my driving.
DH's 4-Runner was getting horrible gas mileage, but he also did a tune-up, like a PP, and had to buy a semi-expensive part, but it has trememdously helped in saving gas! Definatly worth it!
Mama of 3 amazingly sweet kids , living the dream on our urban farm
We're also planning to buy a scooter as soon as we can save for it. Dh will use it to commute to work during hte warmer months which will help tremendously with the gas costs, as the ones we're looking at get about 100m/gallon. Then we can also use it if one of us is going out alone. It'll take longer to get some places, they only go maybe 40 mph tops and aren't allowed on highways, and we'll have to store it in my IL's shed for winter, but I think in the long run it will be a really good investment for us.
We just had to have osme pricey work done on the car(we just recently went back to having only one) so we took the opportunity to make sure it had an oil change and was in generally good shape, since we were paying through the nose anyway. And since it was a strut that went and it was all front end work, they also gave hte car an alignment. Definitely saes on gas to have everyhting in proper working order.
I wish we could afford to switch to a more fuel efficient car, but right now we just don't have hte money to invest in a car. Soon enough we'll make that switch though.
Right now, we're too far away to walk to anything, but we're planning to move this summer and the new house is walking distance to several stores and ds' school.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
I bought my car in 97 and it cost me $12 to fill it up at that time. Today it costs me almost $30 for the low grade!!
We bought our first home a year ago, and our first deciding factor was, where can we afford to live right at the subway? We found a place we love in an up and coming neighborhood.
Now that its spring, we are back on our bikes, and getting even farther afield.
Just wanted to put it out there that a car-free existence can be possible. I know its not for everyone/every lifestyle/every location, but it can be possible. I recently met someone who couldn't even fathom the fact that we didn't have a car.
In reality, I will probably continue to walk to the grocery store and the park, and we will only use the car for DH to get to work on bad days. He has a leg injury and walking downhill is not helping his condition.
At basically $3.80/gallon (I am in Canada) we have to be very careful with it.
I don't have a driver's licence, so I would also have to rely on DH to drive me everywhere.
dready*mama, do you find the Previa gets whipped around when it's windy? My dad used to have one and made me promise to never buy one because he almost flipped it due to a gust of wind.
I used a website (I think it was www.seattlegasprices.com and I think they have sites for other areas at www.gasbuddy.com) the basic idea is the users plug in what price they saw at various stations. So I took a look at it and discovered what stations near me are cheap and which gouge (we are in a pretty dense suburban area so I have a lot of choices) - I don't check the site regularly, we discovered that the local Safeway gas is generally the lowest around (with an additional discount for members) and isn't far from us, so now whenever possible we hit that gas station and if I am stuck buying gas elsewhere I limit myself to $5 worth and fill up at the cheaper places later.
Dh is applying for full-time work in the fall, but we don't know where it will be. It could be as much as a two-hour drive. And we can't move; we just signed a one-year lease. So it's possible he will have to drive 400 miles a day.
Why will grocery prices go up? What does that have to do with gas? For grocery trips, if it's not raining and dh is home with the girls, I use a bike and a backpack. It works pretty well. It might mean two trips, if I'm getting a lot of things in large containers (like milk or detergent) but then I get good exercise too!
Originally Posted by Greaseball
Why will grocery prices go up? What does that have to do with gas?
Some other changes..I pack lunch for both of us, instead of eating out every day for lunch, which saves a ton of money (probably healthier too).
We drive a car 98% of the time, and save our truck for times when we need it (hauling horses, or for supplies for building our house). We also make up a lot in savings on heating oil by using propane instead of natural gas and buying in bulk once a year (in the summer, when prices are lowest). The house we are building will be heated by solar (radiant floor heat) so we'll be saving more there as well. The nearest natural food store is 65 miles away, so I belong to a food co-op with other people and we get a monthly delivery of things we would normally buy at the natural foods store.
We've got 3 adults in the home and 3 cars. One gets over 40 mpg, one over 30, and the Subaru about 25. And we need a pickup with the work that we are doing, so we'll sell the Subaru (bye-bye leather seats and dual moon roofs) and buy a pick-up.
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