After buying a stroller I really didn't need, I set out to justify its purchase. I can walk two miles roundtrip to my local library and grocery shop on the way home. My husband offered to calculate the mileage on his way to work.
Oh, the huffing, puffing, and sweating that followed our first trip there! I walk every day, but not pushing a 70-pound-loaded stroller up hills. We had to stop at a fast food restaurant for air conditioning and ice. (I'll be brutally honest: chicken nuggets and ten minutes at Playland, too.)
Not an auspicious start to my money-saving, mommy-slimming plan!
The stroller did make loading our library books a breeze and easily held two additional sacks of groceries. I can't imagine why I got so many strange looks on the way home.
Depending on the calculation, one trip to the library and back saves LESS than a dollar in gas mileage. At that rate, I'll need over 35 trips to "earn" the double stroller.