I’ve recently been binge reading the Mr. Money Mustache blog. It’s all about frugality and saving now for a happy, leisurely life in the future. While we’re not yet to the point that we can start saving 70% of our income, we are working on other ways to save money. Hopefully we will be able to use his and other techniques to help us move ourselves to our future life in Utah.
This weekend was the first foray into our new biking frugality. After many, many articles read about riding your bike instead of taking the car for short trips, I decided to jump on the bandwagon. I got my bike tuned up and running smoothly and Alex got a new bike. After the setback of her fracturing her radial head, we are back on top of this new biking kick. As mentioned before, this weekend was our first big test. I recently acquired a trailer for my bike so that we can transport larger necessities from stores and other sources. On Saturday, we toured our local neighborhoods with the trailer in tow, searching for bike accessories at yard sales. Although we didn’t find much, and it probably wasn’t worth towing the trailer for this trip, we did find a few goodies to make our biking trips better. Sunday morning we headed off to Costco with the trailer in tow and our new membership cards in pocket. While shopping, we loaded it up with tons of well-priced, bulk goodies. Everything sold at Costco is bulky, but we avoided having too many things to bring home by using the bike trailer as a hand cart. If it didn’t fit in the cart while wandering the store, there was no way to bring it home. It turned out to be a very good plan, and there was no issue zipping up the trailer and hauling it home. Even while browsing the store with our own cart, we had many comments from employees and customers about how it was a great idea, and how they love what we’re doing. I’m not exactly a social person by nature, but even I was a little excited to explain what it was and how it worked. I was a little wary that with a full cart holding something like 40lbs would be a little tougher to pull. It wasn’t. With the ability to switch gears, you can easily get the extra weight moving with minimal extra work. When heading downhill and hitting the higher gears, the weight actually seemed to be more beneficial by increasing my momentum for the occasional inclines at the other end of the hills.