With the price of gasoline on what seems to be a never-ending upward climb, I have been forced to come up with some tricks to save at the pump. However, sharing a car with my spouse and with my teenage daughters means that gas savings can be easier said than done. I needed a plan, and some gas saving secrets to help me out.
Have an Errand Day
For me, that day is Friday. Friday is my day to run errands, schedule doctor's appointments and buy groceries for the following week. I plan trips and appointments starting at the furthest point away from my home and work my way back to my house. Avoiding back and forth driving saves me at least half a tank of gas per week.
Planning for "Emergencies"
If someone "forgets" something at the store, I implement the bike or the "pata" (foot) mobile. Even in Texas heat, walking to the local drugstore in the morning or in the evening is feasible for us, and it gives us some extra exercise while saving some money in gas.
Know What's in Your Tank
I look at how many miles to the gallon I'm getting at each fill up. When my miles start slumping, I know it's time for a mileage per gallon boosting additive or time to schedule my car for maintenance. By maintaining my car and checking this little calculation each fill up, I save over $60 a month compared to the days I neglected doing this.
Plan Your Driving…Yes, All of It
It might sound like I'm beating a dead horse (and I am), but the biggest killer for your gas budget is not planning your driving. I plan trips to and from my husband's work, to and from mine, and to and from my twins' place of employment and to their schools. If additional errands or stops need to be made, I plan those also. It might be elementary, but it works for us.
Know Where the Cheap Gas Is
For me, no one sells gas more cheaply than Costco. I plan my fill ups on my errand day, which is also my Costco day. Each time I fill up, I save 11 cents a gallon compared to filling up at a price gouging station somewhere off the interstate.
This summer I'm not letting high gas prices pinch my wallet, and now, you don't have to either.
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