My husband and I carpool to work together. Because we only take one car into town, it makes us plan our errands in advance, so that we are economizing time and gas. We rarely have to wait on each other, and when we do, we just stay at work and watch Netflix or Hulu on our work computers.
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I started the year off walking my son to school. Time spent in the carpool drop-off lane is now spent walking with my son. Great conversations, teaching him healthy habits, sparing the air of carbon emissions and a bonus workout. I didn't realize I had grown afraid of the rain. Not anymore. Walking in it is an adventure through the eyes of a child, or an adult who is relearning how to really pay attention.
No special equipment required, though I guess a child helps. I see lots of neighbors walking during this time too. I am sure watching the kids walk can add a new dimension to the traditional walk around the block.
Carpool to stores, shop around for best prices, then cook/prepare your lunches/meals for the next week. I often ride with others when they make a grocery run, giving me a chance to compare prices & save on gas. I only get 1 - 2 things due to lower prices. Later I go to my regular store.
At home, I start making lunches/dinners. I reuse frozen food trays and make my own microwave dinners. Example, 1 pan of lasagna makes 12 servings, I make12 pancakes eat 2 & freeze the rest - breakfast for another day. Since I don't cook often, this saves me a bundle. Plus I control the ingredients!
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