Day 23 of the January Money Diet – Try Alternative Transportation

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Yesterday’s post was about saving money on fuel, and today we take it one step further. Could you try to eliminate using gas or other fuel, even if it’s just for a quick errand? Could you ride your bike to the post office? Or snowshoe, or cross country ski to the grocery store? Or ride your horse, or your llama, to work? Or take the bus, or the train? Or try carpooling? Or put on your walking shoes and stroll?

Homework Assignment #23: Try to get yourself from Point A to Point B without driving your personal automobile sometime in the next three days. How did you feel? Who did you encounter along the way? Let us know about your experience.


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Day 23 of the January Money Diet – Try Alternative Transportation

  • Martha

    Love biking to work–hate that it means I have to leave the house before the kids are up. Oh the choices with which a green mom is faced!

  • Deborah Gore

    I live in a rural area and drive about 70 miles round trip each day for work. I have no one to carpool with. I do try and do my errands during my lunch time, so that my car stays parked on the weekend. My neighbors and I have started a group that goes to the fabric store once a month and we take turns driving with that.

  • Carolyn

    Walking is always huge in our family – great chance to talk, enjoy nature, strengthen weak bones, etc…while getting to library, store, etc. We meet the NICEST people on our walks, as well as owls and other critters! (Have occasionally snowshoed to church – great fun!)

  • I wish this was possible for me. I live in a rural area where public transportation is not available and biking/walking to work aren’t viable options for me because I am 10 miles from work and it isn’t safe for anything other than driving. 🙁

  • Mariah

    I walked to my destination and back home this morning because my car wouldn’t start. My child sat in her stroller, which made a nice way for us to get out in the sunshine and soak up some vit D. We passed a man riding his bike and a few other moms pushing their strollers. It was nice. 🙂

  • ElainieMay

    Good idea. Walk. walk. walk. or use public transportation whenever possible.

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