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Save Money on Gas

The United States Energy Information Administration has reported that in 2010, the average price per gallon of gas was $2.78, and in 2011, is expected to reach almost a dollar more at $3.70 per gallon.

For people that still remember paying 99 cents per gallon back in the nineties, this is a big shocker, and a sign that things are changing and changing fast. Learning to save money on gas is no longer just an option, but a necessary way of life.

But how do you do it, especially as gas prices continue to rise? We’ll show you how in the next few steps.

  1. Drive Less

    Yes, it’s obvious, but almost so obvious that people don’t think about it. Consider grabbing a bicycle for short rides to the store or walking children to school instead of driving them (if you can).

  2. Ride on Two Wheels

    Motorcycles and scooters get great gas mileage, so if you’ve ever had the thought of buying one then now is the perfect time to do so. You can often find a new or used motorcycle for less than $10,000.

  3. Trade in for a Hybrid

    If your car is killing you on gas, then consider trading it in for a hybrid. This is tough to do if your car is new or you owe more than it’s worth, but if you crunch the numbers, it might make sense to make the change so you can save money on gas.

  4. Buy Low

    Treat gas prices like the stock market, and try to stock up on fuel when it drops. Buy gas cans and fill them up too. It never hurts to have an abundance of gas if you can buy low and use high.

  5. Pay Cash

    Many gas stations offer discounts for paying at the pump with cash. If you find one that does, get in the habit of carrying around some spare cash explicitly for this purpose.

  6. Specialty Cards

    Some gas stations offer discounts for paying with their credit cards or their special members cards. The trick here is to make sure you pay it off as soon as you can so that the bills don’t pile up on you.

  7. Rideshare

    On Craiglist you will find plenty of people looking to bring an extra person on board to help save money on gas. If you don’t trust Craigslist, it wouldn’t hurt to ask a co-worker, friend, or neighbor to go 50/50 with you on daily commutes or long trips.

  8. Public Transportation

    Many cities have bus routes and train routes that ride through most of the major areas. If you’re having a hard time paying for gas, then looking into this option will help you get around without filling up the tank.

  9. Cheap Gas Websites

    There are nearly a dozen websites and mobile applications that post regular updates on where you can find the cheapest gas in your area. Use these and you’ll save money on gas every time you fill up.

Keep More Money in Your Pocket

Money is a great thing and even better when it stays in our pocket. Keeping your finances under control isn’t easy especially with the economy the way it is currently. A few back to the basics ideas can really help with putting some money back into our financial pockets.

The two largest variable expenses are gas and food. Gas prices are at an all time high. It is important now, more than ever, to keep your car in good shape. Make sure you have given it a tune up, oil change, and the tires have been rotated. Experts say that 55-60 miles per hour is the best range for achieving better gas mileage. While this isn’t’ always possible, just keeping it in mind can assist in the gas bill. Also, this might be a fun experiment to try for a few days. Place a half filled cup of water in your cup holder with no lid. Driving with the cup prevents you from sudden bursts of speed. This alone can increase your gas mileage. As for cruising with the windows down and the A/C off, experts agree this is more myth than anything else. While turning off the air conditioner does save some on gas mileage, rolling down the windows disturbs the aerodynamics of the car. We suggest leaving the A/C on until you hit stopped traffic, then cut it of and get some fresh air.

As for food, well, we all probably eat out more than we should. My soft stop is Olive Garden’s Tuscan soup. But the next time you get the urge to visit your favorite restaurant, try this instead. Call your buddy over and look up copykat recipes online for some great eat-out recipes, for eating in. Not only does it usually cost less to make it at home, we are saving gas money, and best of all, we have another meal for lunch tomorrow.

Don’t forget, that the local grocery store still runs some great deals in the weekly paper. It’s probably been years since you picked one up and had a look at it, but you would be surprised how much money you can save just in meats alone. Pick up several of the really great deals and throw them in the freezer. When you’re savoring the flavors of a delicious steak three weeks from now, you’ll remember what a great deal you got on these babies.