10 Easy Ways to Cut Your Gasoline Cost

Only a few months ago I paid $1.75 a gallon for gas in Thornton, Colo. That’s nearly a dollar cheaper than I paid this past week at the same location—$2.72 per gallon! What’s going on?

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AAA  blames the increase partially on a drop in fuel supply from oil refineries. As a reulst, experts say prices are likely to keep climbing this summer, so drivers will have to be strategic to manage their fuel costs.

To save a gallon of gas, you need to cut about 22 miles of driving from your week. Here are 10 easy ways to do that:

1. Hop on the bus, Gus

Even if you think this is not an option for you, consider public transportation. You may be surprised by all the options that you have never considered. Or carpool. Leaving the car at home and sharing your commute occasionally can help you reach your gallon-goal quickly. Sharing the ride—and expense—with another person regularly can cut your gas costs in half. Check out your carpooling opportunities at the eRide Share app, eRideShare.com.

2. Take it easy

The faster you drive, the more gas you use. If your average commute includes 20 miles of highway time and you drive it at 60 mph instead of 70 mph, it will take you only three minutes longer to get there, and you’ll save approximately 1.3 gallons of gas in a five-day workweek.

3. Trip-chain

Need to pick up a prescription, mail a package and go to the bank? Instead of spreading these tasks out over a few trips, chain them together by doing all of them at one time. Park in a central spot and walk from place to place.

4. Shop online

Save the trips to the store, and consider other online services to minimize errands such as banking, buying stamps and paying bills.

5. Drive a sipper, not a guzzler

If you own vehicles of differing size, take the smaller, more fuel-efficient one on any long trips that you can. Check with GasBuddy.com for the lowest price in your area.

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6. Take a hike (or ride a bike)

Instead of driving everywhere, lace up your sneakers and get some exercise while you save gas. A bicycle can help you rack up car-free miles even faster.

7. Work in your sweats

If you have a job for which working from home is possible, ask the boss if you and your coworkers can telecommute one day a week to save gas. If you are the boss, consider making it a company-wide initiative.

8. Drive as if gas is being rationed

The time may come that you will be allowed only a set number of gallons per week no matter the cost, no matter your needs. Drive now as if you are on a 10-gallons-per-week limit. The practice will do you good.

9. Get cool with school

Instead of picking up your kids from school every day, ask a neighbor with kids in the same school to help. You can each take turns picking up the tykes. Ditto for church and sports activities.

10. Lighten up

The heavier the load your car has to carry, the more gas it guzzles. Don’t use your trunk for long-term storage.

 

Use the comments below to check-in with the price of gas where you live!


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14 replies
  1. Linda Pries
    Linda Pries says:

    I get about 28 mpg in my 2008 Toyota Matrix. Fortunately I am retired so l can go for about 10 days or so on roughly 7 gallons. I have a rewards card and a gas buddies card so I can get at least an .08 discount on each gallon. Right now gas is about $2.95 in SW lower MI.

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  2. Steve C.
    Steve C. says:

    Here are a few techniques in driving that will save gas. Coast: To the traffic light or stop sign, down the hill, whenever you can. Don’t gun it. Accelerate at a moderate rate. Lighten up slightly on the accelerator even when driving on the highway. A car uses a lot more gas going from stopped. Sleek up to a traffic light and try to time it so that you don’t have to stop.

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  3. MaryM
    MaryM says:

    Here’s a small efficiency: get in your car, settle everything, fasten your seat belt and *then* start the car. Took me a couple of weeks to make this a habit. Gas spent just sitting isn’t well-spent!

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  4. crabbyoldlady
    crabbyoldlady says:

    Some of these tips are just not possible for people living in America, the wide open land of automobiles. If I were to park centrally and do the three tasks mentioned, I would have to walk about 20 miles total. And if we are trying to save money too, paying for shipping and handling for online purchases is probably more expensive that a couple gallons of gas. Amazon Prime doesn’t cover everything, after all. Having said all that, gas in St Paul MN just went up to 3.49 a gallon. This is a highly taxes state. I do always combine errands, and never buy gas without a coupon.

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  5. Angela Weaver
    Angela Weaver says:

    I would rather spend a little more in gas and shop local and support my community than to do all my shopping online. If you plan your errands route ahead of time and have a circuitous route, instead of a zig zag one, you will save time and gas and participate in your local community!

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  6. Renita
    Renita says:

    Sorry, your math is a little off — 22 miles? Only if your car only gets 22 miles per gallon! Mine is capable of 40 and I average about 35. My husband drives a hybrid that gets 50. I’m all for saving gas and driving less but many newer cars are far more fuel efficient than 22 mpg!

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    • crabbyoldlady
      crabbyoldlady says:

      …and many people can’t afford newer cars like that. I get about 25 mph with my 2005 Buick Century.

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    • guest
      guest says:

      My 16 year old car only gets about 15 mpg. So maybe 22 is a good average. Anyway it’s the idea/concept that counts. you don’t have to be so persnickety. Just be thankful you can afford such vehicles.

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