I live in an ideal urban neighborhood.
There’s barely anything out of walking distance. Supermarkets, movie theater, restaurants, cafes, pet supply, gym, library, bakery.
I’ve got it all. (Well . . . except a Goodwill.)
I could draw a one mile circle around my house and never conceivably venture out of it.
But sometimes there are places I need to go to, and that does involve getting in the car and schlepping across town. And I hate to drive distances for one lousy errand.
So I batch it!
I wait until I have a number of errands to run before I fire up the ol’ mini-van.
- Consignment shop, (to drop off kid’s clothes and collect a check!)
- Irvington Goodwill thrift shop.
- Visit with my father, and pick up firewood.
- See my friend Sasha.
- Go to Trader Joe’s.
- Grocery store.
- Half-price bagel joint.
- Main Goodwill thrift shop.
- William Temple House thrift shop.
- Hipster Goodwill.
- Hair cuts.
You get the drift.
I don’t go to every place, every time, but I rarely run that single errand. And because I won’t run an errand until it’s part of a batch, it really cuts down on gasoline usage.There are many days when I don’t move the car at all.
Which leaves me more time to do the things I love.
Like write this blog.
Do you practice batching your errands? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”