In the light of the recent announcement by the federal government of the increase of pump price of fuel to 145 Naira per litre, it has become pertinent to come up with a few measures to help cushion the harsh effect of the increase.

Here are a few tips to help you;

Buy walking shoes and an umbrella for short distance trips. Nigerians naturally are lazy particularly the car owners. You find that even to go to the kiosk down your street, you hop into your car(guilty!). This fuel increase might just help you shed a few kgs as you begin to take long walks to places you would ordinarily drive to. If its less than a 5mins drive, walk it!

It is quite common in Nigeria to find people living within the same neighbourhood and all working withing the same area all hop into their respective cars and drive to work and back. Try car polling this period. Identify people in your neighbourhood that work within the same place you do and you can all take turns to drive the others on a weekly basis. For those with kids this might also be helpful. Identify other parents whose kids attend same school as your child and work out an arrangement to pick the kids in turns. You will be amazed how much fuel you will save by doing this. Car polling is quite common in the western world.

You can give your car a break occasionally and hop on a bus or cab. It doesnt pull a hair from your head believe me. And I'm not talking about taking a drop here, I'm talking about a regular bus where you sit beside other human beings and pay regular fare like every other person. After my friend's car broke down 2 months ago, he took cab drops a few times but after doing the maths, he realised he'd be spending a minimum of 30,000 Naira monthly if he wanted to keep taking drops. So he cautioned himself, ate humble pie,walked to the side of the road, and started taking the regular 'Along' cab for 100 Naira as against 500 Naira drop. Thats saving 800 Naira every day. Now multiply that by 5 days a week, and 20 days a month... And you know what...he is saving over 16,000 Naira monthly on cab. people hop on a train or bus when they travel out of the country.

Its also quite common in the western world to cycle to work especially if the job is not far from the house. Its fuel free and eco friendly and it keeps you in good shape. I'm gonna get myself a pretty pink bike and cycle myself to church and the market and maybe even to work!

This one is for those using generators. You might want to explore the option of switching to solar inverters to power your electronic appliances. With the over 35 degrees sun we have been having lately, this should save you a lot of money in fuel and diesel. Regular inverters too are not a bad idea but then you would still need batteries to power that. Learn to put off appliances that are not in use to conserve energy too. Its quite common in this part of the world to put on appliances when no one is using them. Lets learn to conserve energy and save money while doing that.

A wise man once said "Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. After every storm the sun will smile again".

Hard times prepare us for hopeful future. Hard times refine us like gold. In hard times, hang on to hope. Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. We shall certainly survive this and become better.

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