Last night I was headed to an event about a mile from my apartment. As I was getting ready to leave an internal battle popped up in my head: to walk or not to walk? For this proud city-dweller, walking should have been a no-brainer. And then the “buts” showed up…
But it’s so hot out…
But my hair’s going to frizz… (Have I mentioned how much my hair and I hate swampy DC summers?)
But I already worked out this morning…
To combat the “buts,” I did some mental math. If I was going to cab there and back, it would be about $10-15. If I was going to drive, it would cost me $4 for parking, plus about $1 for gas, plus wear and tear on my car. And let’s not forget the chance my car gets dinged when someone else is parallel parking behind it.
So I decided to walk. I told myself that I could always cab back if I was too tired on my way home. And it was great! It was a beautiful night, I got to stretch my legs after sitting all day, and I saved some money. I didn’t even want to cab home.
In fact, I was so happy with my decision last night that I’m using it as inspiration for the August edition of the Simple Saver Series. This month’s challenge? Walk it out!
[Note: The simple saver series is a monthly post where I challenge you to adopt one money-saving habit for the month. Check out past month’s challenges here.]
The next time you’re debating between walking and driving or taking a cab, try walking. Not only will you save money, you’ll also help out your health and the environment. It’s a win-win-win.
I realize this one is really only applicable for my city readers – apologies for those I’ve left out. But since your cost of living is lower anyways, I’ll call this one a wash.
[Note: my advice does not apply if there’s a question of getting home safely. Personal safety is priceless, after all. It’s probably not a great idea to walk around a city at night while you’re alone.]