This is one thing I’m learning about country living is that nothing is “on the way.” When living in the country you try your hardest to combine your trips, help other parents get their kids where they need to go, and you dread the single trip that costs you more in gas than the item you need to buy.
While the boys are at Tae Kwon Do, soccer, or whatever the case maybe that’s my chance to run to the store to get a few items, pick up a prescription, or whatever the case may be. Granted I’m sure all Moms do that no matter where you live to save time, but here in the country it not only saves time but money as well.
During sports seasons we parents try to work together to get all the kids where they need to go. Unfortunately pick-ups or drop-offs are never “on the way,” but rather a detour. Sometimes I’ll go miles off my normal route home to ensure one of my sons’ buddies gets home after a sports event or whatever the case may be. I don’t mind to help, because all of us are there to help one another when needed, and it’s great to have a group of parents that take care of one another. What a blessing!
It’s very rare that we have to run to the store for a single item, but unfortunately it happens. If it’s a grocery item the first place to check is the neighbors pantry, and sometimes you’re lucky and sometimes your not. To avoid those neighbor pantry raids or the single item run to the store, I try to buy an extra when they’re on sale if it’s something that has a good shelf life. There have been times we’ve run out of the main staples such as milk, and thankfully our boys are old enough to go without for a day or two until the next trip out.
So if you found my blog because you’re thinking about moving out into the country put this on the list of things to consider. Saving time and money is a challenge here in the country on a daily basis.