10 March 2008

Nick's challenge

I was so disappointed last week when I was invited to be a guest on Sunrise and had to decline (AJ had an appointment around the same time I would have been on air) because the topic was grocer Nick Duggan and the discount he is offering to pensioners who shop at his IGA supermarket in Maroochydore. As it turned out I was able to get in a plug for Nick this morning on The Morning Show, so I'm feeling much happier.

Nick owns a 24 hour IGA supermarket in Maroochydore and he has taken it upon himself to offer his pensioner customers a 10% discount on their groceries and it's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nick was distressed by just how tough some of members of his local community were finding it and even more distressed when Prime Minister Rudd admitted that there is indeed a problem expecting someone to live on $260 a week but that he didn't have any answers to offer.

It was after this that he decided to lift the existing discount from 5% to 10%. It didn't take him long, overnight he had some banners and flyers explaining the deal printed and the staff alerted and the registers adjusted.

And now he is challenging all business owners to offer at least a 5% discount to pensioners. I'm always up for a discount so I've agreed to help Nick with his challenge. We are in the process of nutting out the finer details so watch this space. Good things are happening!

The fuel gauge in my car is stuck. On full. I thought I was doing so well, driving very carefully, smooth takeoffs and stops, checking the tyres, keeping the boot empty. I was so thrilled with myself for a couple of days last week. Then I realised the gauge hadn't moved at all. Not even a fraction of a centimetre. Ooops. I quickly pushed the trip metre and yes, I had travelled 308km. That gauge should have moved at least a little. So I'm not quite so smug right now. But the fuel economy has improved since I started this challenge, even with increase in petrol prices.

That 308km has been a fair bit of freeway and highway driving so the cruise control has come in handy. It does improve efficiency and certainly makes driving easier. If you have cruise, then use it. But only on the open highway or freeway please. I really don't think it's safe to use in city traffic, even in the middle of the day. There's only one day to go till I fill up again, I'll have to be sure and write all the figures down carefully. I can't wait until the end of the month to see just how much money and fuel has been saved.

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