I try to be efficient whenever possible since it saves both time and money. This is especially true when I run errands.
If I’m going to more than one place in a day, I will think about the best route to take in order to attempt a circle without having to backtrack. I will also try to make as many right turns as possible. After all, I use less gas when I spend less time in my vehicle. Sometimes, my route will be a little weird if I’m getting cold groceries. Unless I’m getting dairy products, I will sometimes take a cooler so I won’t have to go back home. I can usually plan my route so the dairy place is my last stop. I do occasionally drop dairy off at my house on the way to my next stop since the places I go are both east and west of my house.
Last summer, my dad and I were eating dinner, and he mentioned that he needed shorts. We were on the other side of town, and we were right by a store that has quality, affordable clothing. I suggested that we go so he wouldn’t have to drive all the way back on another day. After dinner, we walked over for the shorts, and it’s a good thing we did because they were on sale!
When I need something that I’m not in a hurry to buy, I try to wait until I also need something at a nearby store. I basically treat shopping centers like outdoor malls. I park once and walk from store to store. I like the exercise, and I use less gas. It’s the best of both worlds, especially when the weather is nice.
I have almost everything I need in a 2-mile radius. One day next week, however, I’ll be running some errands that are further away. I’ve already planned on the four stops I will make while I’m in the other city. I generally go all the way over there a few times per year.
Are you efficient when you run errands, or do you zigzag? Do you think you could save time and/or gas if you took a minute to plan your route? Do you leave your house for just one errand or one item, or do you wait until there is more?