Should Your Budget Dictate Your Schedule?Heather Sokol
With the teen now attending a charter school 40 minutes away, I’ve got our gas budget on the brain! I’m looking for ways to improve gas mileage, considering crazy ways to use less fuel, and now — rearranging our schedules to cut costs.
It started small. I’d save my checks until I was already near the bank. I’d put off buying stamps, until I was going by the post office anyway. And, now that we’re driving so far everyday, it only makes sense to schedule any downtown meetings around school pickup times.
This week it really got crazy. My girls each spend a few days at my parents’ house every summer. We call it Camp Grandma, and we’re down to just a few weeks of summer with 2 girls left to attend. We had planned for the tween to go earlier this week and the youngest to go sometime next week.
Then, we found out that my Mom was meeting with my brother-in-law later today, school shopping nearby this weekend and meeting with my sister again next week. Mom and I both jumped at the chance to combine those trips — we just had to convince my brother-in-law to drive the girls!
Oh, but that’s when sports and social schedules conflicted. The tween has tryouts this Saturday, and the youngest has a party on Monday. After much discussion, they’ve agreed to flip flop their time at Grandma’s so I’ll send one down today, and switch again on Saturday after softball.
And, I get to avoid what could have been four 2-hour drives!
Have you ever rearranged your travel plans because of high gas prices?
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