Shel Horowitz's Monthly Frugal Fun Tip, Vol. 4, #1, May 2000
In honor of Give Your Car a Break Week, which just ended, I devote the first section of this issue of Frugal Fun Tips to...the humble bicycle.
The bike is one of the most empowering technologies ever invented: a combination weight-loss, fitness, recreation, transportation, and exploration device. It allows you to spend time with loved ones or by yourself, having FUN! Whether you prefer to fly down a hillside at top speed or cruise leisurely through a beautiful park, the bike offers you a chance to do it.
I started commuting by bicycle as a sophomore in high school, in New York City. My trip was three miles of flat terrain. But when we moved a year later, my ride was 5-1/2 miles uphill. On my three-speed, I still routinely beat the bus, which took a convoluted route.
Later, when I worked in Manhattan, I would bike several miles to a better subway station with a more direct route to work. Even after moving to New England, I still used my bike constantly to get around town. Now, unfortunately, we are in a steep, curvy area along a state highway, and it's much harder. But I still go out with my son and bike around the farm where we live, or strap the bikes to the car, drive a few miles, and ride along the bike path. Some bus companies are even installing bike racks now. The ability to combine bikes with other modes of transportation provides incredible flexibility.
So, what are you waiting for? Get that old bike out of the garage, pump up the tires, and go for it!
This comes from Gary at Dollar Stretcher (http://www.stretcher.com)--one of the longest running frugality newsletters on the Net:
And then there's a special offer for all you nature lovers. We've been
in contact with a representative of the National Tree Trust (NTT). Like
you, they're aware of the problems of urban sprawl. A scarcity of greens
and wildlife as well as traffic and drainage problems. Part of NTT's
mission is to encourage people to plant trees on public lands. So each
year they make seedlings available free of charge. The requirements are
This could be a great opportunity for your civic association, charitable group, Sunday school class or public school to make a contribution to your community. Deadline to submit an application to receive trees in spring 2001 is May 31. But, if you miss the deadline, you can always apply for the following year. For more information, or to receive an application, call 800-846-8733. Also, check out the NTT's web site at www.nationaltreetrust.org.
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