There are just some things we can’t go without and gas is one of them. We all pretty much feel that wallet get lighter every week when we’re at the gas station. Still, there are some ways to save money on gas. Here are a few tips and resources to help out……..
1. First and foremost, compare prices with GasBuddy.com
Even with with gas, we can compare prices. More than one occasion I’ve seen gas stations less than a mile apart with a price difference of $0.10-$0.30 difference a gallon. That’s a big difference in my tank when I have a 30 gallon tank! Even if you have a smaller tank, multiply the difference on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis…..it’s a lot of money. One resource I like to use to compare gas prices is GasBuddy. They have prices set from lowest to highest. Just punch in your zip code to compare in your area. Looking at my area this morning, there’s a $0.23 difference a gallon from the lowest to highest gas station. They also have a mobile app, so take advantage of this great resource.
2. Keep your engine tuned and tires at the right pressure
I had a little lesson on tire pressure last fall and was told in paying attention to these two things, you can save $100 a year in gas.$100 in my pocket can go a long way.
3. Use Cruise Control on the highway
Maintaining a constant speed, in most cases, will save gas
4. Planning and Combining your trips
Combining your errands and plan them in just one or two days. Not only does this save money but time too.
Also, for all those that love to run out for a deal. Calculate what you’re saving and how much you’re spending to get there. If you’re simply running out for just one deal that week, it may not be worth it when you factor in how much you spend in gas.
5. Ride your bike, walk, car pool or take the bus
How often are we right by several places we need to stop at. A few weeks ago I parked my car. The three places I needed to go into were so close to each other, I realized I could just walk to them. We’re so programmed to drive everywhere, but often there are plenty of walking opportunities. Save money on gas and get some exercise too.
Carpooling can save you a lot of money. I see this a lot with my kids in sports. If you have a few families traveling to the same practices, why not take turns driving. Meeting in one spot and loading up the kids with one family each week, we’ll allow you to save money in gas and have extra time too. I learned a long time ago, I don’t have to be the super hero parent going to every practice especially when there are more siblings to care for.
Have the kids take the bus to school instead of driving them. I calculated my time and mileage each day for school. From start to finish in the morning, I”m on the road for 1 1/2 hours. Monday through Friday dropping off at 3 different school locations ends up being 7 1/2 hours of being on the road. Then, factor in the mileage everyday times 5 days a week. That’s a lot of gas. Again, carpooling or taking bus, will save you money and time.
6. Look for gas rewards
Some gas stations offer coupons or reward cards to save so much per gallon. I would not recommend credit card for points because too many people can’t pay off their full balance at the end of the month so there is no saving there in the end.