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Errand planning

August 11th, 2018 at 04:01 pm

It was a rainy, stay-at-home kind of day. In between doing laundry, I spent some time today looking at Google Maps and making a spreadsheet.

I'd like to save some time and gas money by planning out my errands better. I'm terrible at remembering exactly where things are located. I'll head out to one place, and pass another one on the way where I could have gotten some business done. Except I forgot I'd be passing it so I didn't bring along what I needed. It could be mail, a bank deposit, dry cleaning, etc. Then I'll have to make a separate trip later.

If you zoom in on Google Maps, you can get really detailed info, like exactly which stores are in a shopping plaza. So I was able to make pretty comprehensive lists of businesses along certain roads, in order of when I'll be passing them, as well as notes to myself about where the turns are to get to other main roads.

We've been living here for over 20 years, so you'd think I'd know my way around by now! But it's built up a lot over the years, and it's been a long time since I bothered to update myself on everything that's nearby. For example, I found out there's an Asian ice cream place nearby that has bubble tea and rolled ice cream. I'm not going to be dropping a lot of dollars there, but it would be fun to at least try it.

2 Responses to “Errand planning”

  1. snafu Says:

    We're catching up on 20 years of plans for new roads and bridges so our traditional routes are under construction with crazy delays. I've had to list errands for less obvious routes which is certainly been worth the effort. I have to pay closs attention because it puts me in an unfamiliar industrial zzone, easy to get lost.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Good plan to plan your errands. I try to do that. Our town isn't huge, but it is 12 miles from where we live to the north side and lots of stop lights, so lots of stop and go.

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