Planning to share ride to the grocers

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
November 18, 2008 9:37am CST
I do not have a drivers license, and now with my husband's hands being so bad from arthritis, and it is difficult for him to get into the car, it might be that he will no longer be able to drive. Now I can walk in the summer, spring, and any time up to the end of October, when the snow comes, so I will have to share a ride with either my daughter-in-law and future daughter-in=-law or one of my friends. Now I was wondering for those who do that, maybe to be economical and frugal, there is the gas expense, so how do you figure out sharing the cost of gas for the van?
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13 responses
• United States
18 Nov 08
I guess you would figure out the milage...the cost of gas for that distance, and split it in half. However, I would give someone a ride for free...I don't drive but if I did, I would. So would my mom and my husand.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Nov 08
We filled our car yesterday and it took about forty dollars to fill the tank. Now if we were getting groceries, well that is just a little over two kilos because we live in Canada. So would I have to get out my calculator and figure that out? I am not that good at math as it is.
• United States
18 Nov 08
They are family and friends. Offer them food or cookies you made....I would rather have homemade things than money.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
19 Nov 08
That's a good idea. I love baking and since I cannot eat much of the stuff any, they can have it.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Depending on how far you have to travel to the grocers, I would probably give $3-$5 per trip. I don't drive either but am looking at getting my license sometime soon. I don't know what is stopping me but I keep prolonging it. My husband taught me how to drive a few years ago in Samoa and had no problem there. They drive like 25-30 miles on the road so that's probably why.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
20 Nov 08
My husband taught me and when I drove up the curb and hit a tree, he said no more. The trouble is that I did not have enough money to pay for all but a few lessons and I hardly ever drove when I got my license. So what happened was when my husband got into a sort spree, he threw away the license so now I have to get a new one, and with the graduated licenses that are only available for teenagers starting up, I am out of luck. So if my husband can no longer drive, I will have to either walk there, have the groceries delivered, or get a ride.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Nov 08
I don't have a driver's license either and Hubby can't drive anymore. I usually go to the store with my Mom, brother or stepdad. Usually I do all my shopping once or twice a month and since it's only 2-3 stores close together, I just give them $5.00. I also go with my Mom whenever she's going out so I can pick up things I have run out of. [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF**[/b]
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Nov 08
I do not live near my sons's places. So if they were to pick me up, it would be out of their way. Our house is stuck in the middle. That is what makes it hard and I do not want to move unless it is to a large house, and then I would want to stay in the same area. The only reason I would like to move is to a warmer climate. So I would have to make arrangements with my friends.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
18 Nov 08
I know you live in Winnipeg as I used to also. I know you live not too far from the mall so it shouldn't cost very much in gas to drive you. Also if they are living near you and they have to go shopping anyways, so I wouldn't, personally, give more than $5.00 but that is totally up to you. I would make the offer and then see what they say to it. What would it cost if you were to take a cab? Maybe figure it that way, if you have to. I know when I lived in Winnipeg and didn't have a car one of my sisters would take me but since they were going anyways and they lived near me, they wouldn't take any money from me for taking me. But then they didn't need the money anyways, as they all have good careers. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Your friend Chris
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Nov 08
I can do that. I was thinking that of giving them the gas coupons that we do not use, but the problem is that everyone has their own preference in gas stations. I know we use Canada Tire, but some use Petro Canada, etc. I also know that I can walk just as well, but sometimes we need more then the usual stuff. I will work it out.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
22 Nov 08
we are the same situation can´t drive.this winter not easy to walk cold and heavy snow.so i barrowed driver who renting the apprtment downstair.
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@dragon54u (31663)
• United States
21 Nov 08
I would say that the cost of a gallon of gas would be reasonable. It probably doesn't even take that much to get to the store and back. If you're on the driver's way, I don't see why they need to charge you at all. After all, it's family you're riding with and I'm sure you do nice things for them once in awhile.
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@despompa (472)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
hi suspenseful. if only you were my neighbor, i'll be glad to give you a ride whenever i do my groceries too. that way, we can cut expense for the gas and it will be a bonding time for us to share our insights on running the family.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I do this, I don't have a vehicle and so my mom takes me. We split the gas. So if they were two of you have a set price what it will cost to go and then split that cost. I usually give $10-15 to get to town.Depending on the cost of gas at the time. It just makes it easier.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I am not sure,i know i would feel like helping with the gas but it all depends on how far they have to pick you up and bring you back...I would just figure how much gas is a gallon & then figure how far they have to take you ....Maybe you could explain to your friend that you want to help & see what they have to say..
@ellie333 (21029)
18 Nov 08
Hi Suspenseful, I have car shared for a while for shooping trips and usually take my car. I am in the uk and my neighbour who I take gives me £2.00 towards petrol. To get to supermarket and back by public transport would cost twice that but it is more than I use in petrol so I am gaining by being the driver and they are saving not using public transprt and also have the convienence of door to door. I would ask who ever the driver will be how much they would like to cover fuel costs and come to an arrangement before they take you. They may say they don't want anything in which case I would treat hem to a bunch of flowers of a cake each week instead. Godd luck, sorry to hear that your husband is finding it difficult to drive now. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
18 Nov 08
[i]Hi suspenseful, I will love that idea also but I am far from my friends and don't have any close among here with our neighbors, that is a great idea for saving plus we have someone to talk too also while shopping![/i]
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@WATARIKENJI (1534)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
When going to church, we share with the cost of fuel for the jeepney. We are three families and its light on the pocket. Walking short distances is a good idea but if winter comes, its an entirely different matter.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
18 Nov 08
depends on how far they have to drive would think about $3 each should help on the gas
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