As I was driving home from karate tonight, I noticed that most of the gas stations had raised their prices to over $3.00 a gallon. Yikes! I told Julianne I might have to get a part time job to pay for gas in the car.
Here’s some things I’ve done to help with gas consumption since Hurrican Katrina when our prices starting going up (and haven’t stopped).
1. Carefully coordinate errands so I can go several places during one trip. If I’m going to the library, for instance, I make sure I go to the bank or post office branch that is the closest. I also try to schedule my errands on one day. I try not to run out of things like stamps. I make sure I have enough until the next time I need to go out so I don’t have to make a special trip.
2. I try to take advantage of my husband! What I mean is I will get him to pick up something from the store for me if I need it. I didn’t use to like to do that but he really doesn’t mind and I only do it infequently.
3. My best tip of all: stay home! We do have to go out on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights but other than that, I am usually home. I find that I get so much more accomplished if I spend many days in a row at home. And more learning happens if we have uninterrupted days at home.
I don’t know how high the price will get before I have to decide it’s too high. This coming September Julianne is taking two classes at a local homeschool co-op. The school is about 25 minutes away and she would go two days a week. I hope the price of gas doesn’t go up too high by the time she starts. The church where the co-op is held is out in the country so if I wanted to do errands I’d have to go back to town and then drive back to pick her up. I do know several other families that are going so perhaps if gas gets too high, maybe we can arrange a car pool.
Do you have any tips? Please share!!