Share Running Errands - it saves plenty

We all are busy at one time or another with running errands. It takes time and gas if those errands aren't within walking distance. Can we save gas while doing these tasks? I think we can. My experience shows that it's entirely possible.

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Share running errands. I know how to save gas by sharing errands with my neighbors. You can do the same. Ask if they need anything while you are at the store. It costs you a little more when you do it, and it costs you nothing when they do it in return for you.

You can share in two ways, run the errand by yourself, or have your neighbor come along. Either way, you can cut in half the number of trips.

I live outside of town, so the need to share errands is even more important. If I go to town, I can pick up something for my neighbor and that eliminates a trip for him. Likewise, he can help eliminate trips for me. Either way, we know how to save gas through cooperation.

Each trip to town costs about $6, so the cost of going shopping or performing some errands three times a week is about $1,000 a year at current fuel prices, which are certain to rise. If I can share rides with my neighbor about half the time, the cost per trip will increase a little because we are going more places, but the overall cost can roughly be cut in half.

That’s a $500 savings each year. I'd call that substantial.

If you have a buddy who you can share errands with, then you can implement gasoline saving tips like this and have some companionship as well. Learn how to save gas by establishing a cooperative relationship with friends and neighbors.

Try to share running errands. Whether you do it alone or as a team, it's one less car on the road, and you save about half the cost of doing it yourself.

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Savings: 4

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