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- October 27, 2007 at 7:56 pm #256223
We combine trips and carry a cooler in the car. It helps a lot. Instead of
running to the grocery store, back home to unload the car, get everyone back
inside, in the car seat, back on the road to the next store, we just keep going.
In this area, usually, you can get everything in one or two-three stores that
we frequent regularly anyway. I get out a notebook and go through the Sunday
paper. I write down things that we need, things that are on sale to pick up
during the week rather than waiting until another time to get, groceries, etc.
I carry that list with me. It is just a small steno type notebook that easily
fits into my purse/tote and I carry it with me when I am on the bus to work, at
my desk at work (something may cross my mind, which I will add to the list), and
into the stores with us. It fits into the diaper bag pocket too! 🙂
So, if we are heading to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions AFTER we have
hit the grocery store and we are still short on toliet paper, for example, but
the pharmacy has it listed in this week’s flyer that it is on sale at a great
price, instead of hitting the drive thru to pick up the prescriptions, I will
make a point to go inside and get the T.P. and the prescriptions. Combined
trips. I don’t have to make a special T.P. run to the store.
The list helps me to 1) stay on task; 2) not get distracted by the other crap
stores place trying to catch my eye and 3) not forget something that is on the
Just because it was not at the grocery store, we still needed t.p., and since
we are already on the way to the pharmacy and I have already noted in the
notebook that Walgreens/CVS, etc. has T.P. on sale this week, I can plan to go
inside and get it.
On longer trips, for instance, we eat breakfast at home, then are out and
about for snack time and/or lunch, we will pack a lunch too. It goes into the
cooler in the back of the car OR into a smaller lunchbox with one of the
re-useable frozen box things that we use daily for taking our lunches to work.
It works great. Also, it saves us not only $$$$ eating at the various fast food
joints/mall places (most of which our son will not eat anyway); it is better for
our health (cut out that greasy, deep fried stuff when we can – every
improvement helps – we aren’t perfect, but we are improving); and we don’t have
to stand in those long lines, particularly on sale days at the malls OR
holidays. I even made a thermos of hot flavored coffee when we went to our
local outdoor Christmas lighting gathering over the holidays. There were
vendors there selling a cup of hot chocolate for $3.75; roasted nuts for $3-10;
cookies for $3 a piece. Get real.
velinabowen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I heard on the news last night (not that I believe everything I hear
but this sounds possible) that gas could hit $4.00 a gallon.
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