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I have summers off, as I am a teacher. During the school year, I use my car every day during the workweek, and on the weekends to do chores or visit friends. This summer, I decided to do an experiment. I decided to see what would happen if I didn't use my car one day a week. I have discovered that this is a really good idea for many reasons. If I decide to stay home:
  1. I can catch up on domestic chores such as cleaning, sewing/mending and organizing. I also spend a lot of time in my garden.

  2. I have the time to go through all the recipes I've clipped and either discard them or try them out.

  3. I can e-mail or phone friends I want to catch up with.

  4. I've rediscovered the many exercise DVDs I have and get a good workout at home.

  5. I can get a head start on lesson plans for the coming school year.

  6. I can read a great book (I joined the summer book club at the library.)

  7. I can relax and enjoy nature in my backyard.
Of course, just because I'm not using the car doesn't mean I have to stay home. I have found that places I always thought were too long to walk to really aren't. I've walked almost 4 miles to the supermarket and back home for a few things. It took less than 1/2 hour each way. While walking instead of driving, I noticed flowers, trees, and storefronts that I missed otherwise.

Before I tried this experiment, I used to get really bummed out if my car was in the shop for servicing. Now I know that there are a lot of options if a car is not available. I also feel good because I'm helping the environment and saving resources.

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September 15, 20160 found this helpful

Awesome! That's very inspiring! Good for you!

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September 22, 20161 found this helpful

Yours is a great idea. I find it very satisfying to be home. All my friends go crazy when they can't get out and run (drive around) every day, sometimes several times a day. I don't understand that thinking. What's wrong with being home? When I worked I went there in the morning and did any errands on the way home, and that was the extent of my running around. In this polluted world---including too many cars on the road---minimizing driving is important as I see it. Kudos to you for your efforts!

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September 26, 20160 found this helpful

I bet you saved gas, too.
I am retired, so I push it even further. I see how long I can stay home without putting the car on the road.


By keeping stocked up, owning a freezer, and using what I have, I can stay at home a long time.

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December 18, 20160 found this helpful

I'm also retired but I don't think staying home every day is good. Living alone can be lonely and stressful. I talk to a friend and my Brother every day but I still need to get out. I can do only so much reading, crafts and cleaning, otherwise I'll go nuts.

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