Champagne and the pantry
A personality test once described me as someone who might buy champagne even if the pantry needed filling. It was one of those corporate training programs to develop managers that emerged in the late 80s. Of course personality tests are disputable. They depict a slice of the person, not the whole. And for some tests, it depends on what context you draw your answers from. Am I the same at work as I am at home? Personality tests are not always right. On this point though, about the champagne and the pantry, it was.
But a decade later in the late 90s when I had what might be called an epiphany, to do more with less, things changed.
Cupboards were sorted. Garage sales become something of a fine art. Possessions thinned. Two houses became one. Two cars became one. And old patterns changed.
My experiment to travel by bicycle as much as possible is an extension of this decision. It’s about living more simply.
It’s about using our resources more wisely. Using less fuel. Saving money. Making the most of pedal power – an energy that gives more than it takes.
So how is it going?
I’ve just entered the final month of my year-long experiment to use my bicycle as much as possible. I don’t have exact statistics of how much I’ve saved but I can tell you this:
- Pre-experiment we’d fill our car with fuel about once a week; now we fill it up about once a month.
- In eleven months, I’ve ridden my bicycle over 3,437 kilometres with at least half being journeys I would have previously made by car. So I have saved by not buying fuel for approximately 1700kms.
- There are also savings from journeys that I once did by car without even thinking but now choose not to do at all (like that drive to the gelato shop every now and then…🍦🍦)
It’s clear to me that travelling by bicycle as much as I can in everyday life has definitely changed my choices about transport, activities and resources. With that, it’s saving me money. And I can safely say I’ve outsmarted that personality test 🙂
This post is the first post in a 5-story challenge. Gary, from PedalWORKS was kind enough to nominate me for this challenge because he’d like to learn how my year-long cycling experiment has changed me. It also responds to a request from HARDCOPY writer Serina of Ms Frugal Ears who’d like to learn how my year-long bicycle experiment is saving me money.
To keep the conversation going, I’m inviting you to leave a comment or write a blog post about how riding your bicycle has changed you or is saving you money. I’d love to read them! 🙂