By Michele Taranto
While inflation figures have somewhat subsided, it is still up 3% compared to June, 2022, and many households are continuing to look for ways to save money. For seniors, budgeting and saving dollars is especially hard while living on a fixed income.
Gas Saving Solutions
Gas costs are especially hard hit as in the suburbs you need to fuel up for work commuting, errands, doctor appointments, and entertainment. AARP has the mature population (but basically anyone driving a car) covered with some helpful hints on saving money at the pumps. For a complete list of money-saving ideas, visit northeast.aaa.com
Fill up at local gas stations. Gas stations near highways often charge more as overhead is generally high as land near highways are considered more valuable.
Remove excess weight from your trunk or the car. Extra weight reduces mileage, especially on inclines.
Reduce idling to save gas. Idling uses a gallon of gas per hour. This will help save on fuel and emissions.
Never overfill your gas tank. To avoid spills and waste, stop fueling at the first ‘click’ of the fuel nozzle.
Ensure the gas cap is closed tightly. Make sure the gas cap clicks three times when finished fueling up. If improperly sealed, fuel can vaporize.
If you have a AAA card, use their app for the best gas prices at AAA.com/mobileapp.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated; this can improve gas mileage by more than 3% per tire.
Keep windows closed. Open windows cause aerodynamic drag which can affect fuel consumption.
Delivery truck at the station? Maybe come back later; recent deliveries can stir up sediment which can clog fuel filters.
Events Seniors Might
be Interested in
Navigating the Next Chapter
Norwood Senior Center
This fair is designed to educate adult children of aging parents on discussions to have as their parent’s age. The morning is also targeted to educate seniors on things to have in place in the event they need services one day. The panel discussion will run from 9:3 –10:30 a.m. The panelists consist of representatives from the legal, banking, and funeral home industries as well as a company who helps you organize your important financial, medical and personal information.
There will be time before and after the panel discussion to visit the 20+ vendors representing the fields of home care, assisted living, real estate and home modification to name a few. For questions, call the Senior Center at 781-762-1201.
MBTA Zoning Communities: Information and Input
Morrill Memorial Library
What is 3A, the MBTA Multifamily Zoning Law? Where did this law come from? How does this effect Norwood?
Learn the answers to these questions and more at an in-person program with Norwood Town Planner, Sarah Dixon. Sarah will begin this information session with some brief Zoning 101, explaining common terms used in town planning. The audience will next get an overview of the MBTA Communities law, and a summary of the housing crisis in MA and Norwood specifically. Sarah will describe the Town’s efforts so far and share a status update on the public engagement we have had to date. The evening will wrap up with a Q&A and discussion. To register, email www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/ or call 781 769 0200, ext. 2.
September Monthly Ballroom Dance
Norwood Senior Center, 275 Prospect St.
The Friends of the Norwood Council on Aging will be sponsoring their monthly Ballroom Dance,
With music will be provided by The DB Band. Cost is $12 per person and includes coffee, tea, desserts and water. There are also door prizes! Newcomers welcome! To stay updated on all Friends events, visit their Facebook page: Friends Of The Norwood Council On Aging.
Norwood Farmers Market
Summer Recovery-Adult Self Care
Welcoming back fall and kids going back to school, it’s time for parents to recover! The Norwood Farmers Market is welcoming specialty vendors, such as eye care, chiropractic, beauty, and much more! These vendors will be on the common 3-5 p.m., with games for the kids so parents can have a little time off! Of course, the Market will also have their well-known variety of vendors, including 4 farmstands, bakeries, fish, chicken, sports cards, non-profit organizations, specialty foods, and more! There will be games for the kids and music. Stay up to date on all that happening at the Norwood Farmers Market and learning more about vendors by following their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Norwoodmafarmersmarket. It’s all happening on Tu