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Simply Savings | Saving Money @ The Gas Pump!

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 At a time when most of us are pinching our pennies tighter than ever, gas prices continue to rise and there doesn’t seem to be much relief in sight. While you may not be able to control the prices you pay at the gas pump, there are some things you can do to reduce the amount of fuel you use. Of course, one way is to buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle; however, if that isn’t really an option (since most of us already have our cars), there are still lots of things you can do to minimize your fuel consumption.

Plan your trips

Try not to drive to the grocery store every time you need something.  In other words, plan a week’s worth of meals, keep a running list of items you need on your refrigerator, and try not to shop more than once a week. This will save you money on groceries and gas.  Whenever possible, combine errands in a single trip; stop at the bank, the grocery store, and the post office instead of making separate trips.

Dial up the savings

There are applications for your smart phone that will tell you where to find the cheapest price on gas in your area. A good one to try is GasBuddy; this app will let you search for the cheapest gas price by zip code or city. Its updated regularly, and can save you money every time you visit the pump.  If you don’t have a smart phone, they also keep their website updated with the best prices – so make sure to check out GasBuddy.com

Trade errands

Have your neighbor pick up your kids from school since she is headed there to pick up her own kids anyway.  In exchange, drop off her books and pick up a gallon of milk for her when you make your regular stops at the library and the grocery.

Get some exercise. Since it’s hard enough to fit exercise into your busy schedule anyway, why not kill two birds with one stone by combining exercise with saving money?  Don’t drive your car if you can walk or ride your bike to wherever you are headed.  You’ll get the added bonus of burning a few calories and improving your mood while you save some money.

Consider alternative transportation

Many of us are spoiled by the convenience of having a personal car at our beck and call; however, it’s not the only way to get from point A to point B. Consider using public transportation.  Most non-rural areas offer cheap rides on a bus or rail system of some sort. Sure, it may seem a little inconvenient at first, but it also offers the advantages of giving you a cheap ride, extra time to get some work done or just relax, and freedom from other drivers road rage!  :-)  Another option is to arrange a carpool to work or school. If you and three coworkers ride together, you only have to drive one week a month.

Relax your driving habits

Leave a few minutes early so you don’t have to drive like an Indy 500 finalist to get where you’re going on time. By avoiding jack-rabbit starts, speeding, hard braking, and aggressive driving in general, you can easily save 10% or more on your fuel consumption.

Although gas prices probably won’t be coming down much any time soon,it is still possible to save a significant amount on gas just by making a few simple changes to your everyday driving habits and routines.  By making a conscious effort to reduce fuel consumption in little ways, you’ll be able to spend less money on gas without much effort on your part.

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