I found myself driving a lot more consciously, coasting up to lights, accelerating more slowly, etc. And I took the ugly route home--the one with no stops--instead of the route by all the pretty houses, and stop signs at every other block.
I think if gas were $10 a gallon, I would do a better job of consolidating my errands to one day a week. I would start walking to places like the bank, just around the corner, and the park, just a mile down the road (it's a long walk with two kiddos and a heavy stroller, but if gas were really $10 a gallon, I would just have to tough it out).
I don't know if I would use public transport more or not. I've never quite understood how one is to manage, say, grocery shopping, with two small kiddos and lots of grocery bags. I don't see how it's possible.
I wouldn't move, because I'm in a great location no more than 3 or 4 miles from anything I need to do. And I wouldn't sell my car, because it's a little 4 cylinder that gets about 30 miles to the gallon. I wouldn't change my job, because I work from home (zero commute--very nice). But I can imagine that a lot of people would have to make one or more of those big changes.
I think I'm going to keep pretending gas is $10 a gallon, so that I can get into that mindset of thinking of gas as a scarce resource that I need to conserve as much as possible. Well, I mean, I've always tried to conserve gas, but I'd like to start taking conservation even more seriously than I have before.
If gas were $10 a gallon, what would you do differently?
I would walk as much as possible!
Go out strictly once a week to run errands. Stay as close to home as possible.
Cut down our trips to see his mother (she lives 4+ hours away)
Cut down our trips to see my parents (they live an hour a way)
We would have to move closer to where dh works ... which is in the middle of nowhere. We'd have to only come into town one day a week so my older children would have to give up swimming lessons, youth groups etc and we'd only be able to see my mom that day each week as well. We'd have to make sure all our errands would be done that day.
I can't even imagine. It would suck so bad!
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I would see my parents once a year.
Stop driving store to store to save a few bucks.
Selectively participate in our homeschool group outings. <--Already doing this
Wouldn't go on road trips.
Would try to save up for a hybrid as our next car.
Would try to live closer to dh's job and school.
Next year everyone's school is within walking distance and I can't wait to see how many days in a row I can go without driving anywhere!
mom of (8) (5) (3) and born at home on Christmas day!
It'd definitely make this:
less of a luxury item.
DH and DD have started taking the bus to the library once a week; they'd probably use the bus for more errands. We are lucky to live on two frequent bus lines. Plus, I work for the bus company - free passes for me and my dependents.
Our weekly trip to the u-pick-it farm would become biweekly.
We would shop at places on the bus line.
We bought our house very strategically, right on a bus route, in an area that we could never afford to live in if we had to make car payments. I put dd on the waiting list for a great preschool as soon as I knew we would likely be buying in this area.
We have a bike trailer. You would be AMAZED what you can get in one of those.
I only have one child; but I can do grocery shopping with her and my dog using a backpack, if I have to.
I take the bus to the farmers' market on Saturdays for most of our produce. I buy grain in bulk and carry it home in the trailer or on the bus.
I barter food for dog-walking so my dog gets out of the city once a week.
The list goes on.
I know not everyone has this opportunity; but really, people say so often, "yeah that's great for you, you don't HAVE to drive." But we DECIDED not to drive and built our life around that decision. We live where there's snow (Nova Scotia) and we just deal with it.
I absolutely did not want dd growing up feeling she had to rely on a car to get around. I knew gas probably WOULD be $10 per gallon by the time she could drive. Plus we get exercise, get to know our neighbourhood, and don't get out to shop much, which saves us thousands of dollars.
ETA: We have no public transportation here.
wife of 8 years to DH , mama to DD (2006) & DS (2011) (Dec. 2012) due Nov. 2013
Gas at $10 a gallon is about SO MUCH MORE than just filling up your tank and deciding how much you can drive. If gas is at $10, diesel would probably be at $12. And diesel fuels the things that transport our goods to us. Think groceries at triple the cost, if you could even get them.
AP Mom to 5
I would also go out and by a big granny bike with two baskets on either side for my groceries and errands. (I want to do this anyway)
But that's depressing. I'm trying to think postively here--trying to be proactive, and think about what I can do now to reduce my dependence on gas. And maybe if enough people are thinking like this, our consumption levels will drop, and the day when gas reaches $10 a gallon will be postponed a little, you know?
Another thing I would do if gas reached $10 a gallon--I would totally be lobbying my city council to step up the expansion of sidewalks/bike lanes/pedestrian routes throughout town. Our town is already really progressive in that regard, but there are definitely still parts of town that are still unsafe for pedestrians. Mostly the poor parts of town, where people often can't afford vehicles and have to walk anyway, unsafe roads or not.
It wouldn't effect our monthly visits to my grandmother though. Cutting out his 70 mile/day commute would help offset that trip. We would stop taking her out to eat though, and just cook dinner for her.
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quit my 2nd job that requires me to drive too far for too little income
quit teaching piano at my students home and make them all come to my home
cancel my movie pass and sign up for netflix instead
(kids already take bus or walk to school)
I would probably also find myself finding more frugal ways to trim the budget everywhere else in order to afford gas for dh to go to/from work