With gas prices continuously rising, our gas tanks aren’t the only things that are staying close to empty, our pockets are as well. It seems like it is going to only get worst as well, since gas prices are expected to average at about $5 per gallon in the U.S. come mid-summer months. So what can we actually do about it? We just cant stop going to work or taking trips to the grocery store, but there are a few ways we can actually help cut the costs. It is a very simple resolution, we have to simply use less. So you ask how? Well here are a few ways to start saving some of your hard earned money, instead of making these high profit corporations get richer and richer.
5 Ways to Save Money on Gas
Carpool – Get together with a couple of co-workers that live in your area and are people that you wouldn’t mind being around more often than usual (Remember, most of us are very pleasant people early in the morning, yeah right, so it can be more of hassle than anything if you end up in an uncomfortable situation). Even if it is just you and one co-worker, it will help cut the amount of gas you use going to and from work each week, in half. The savings will obviously go up the more people you have in your carpool, but remember that in most cases, it not always “the more the merrier”.
Get Some Exercise – This is not intended for you to take a trip to the gym, it simply means walk to close locations, instead of taking the car like we are so used too (our spoiled selves). This can be very helpful, since not only will you save a few dollars on gas, but you will actually benefit health wise as well. Walking is great exercise and it will also give you some relaxation and time to ease your mind while you walk.
Minimize Trips Out – I am not saying to stop going anywhere, I am simply saying to do more each time you go out, instead of making multiple trips. All you have to do is out together a simple game plan or mapping of where or what you need to do, and do it all in one trip. Not only will this save you some money on gas, it can also save you some time in the long run (we all can use a little more time during the day).
Regular Maintenance on Your Vehicle – Yes regular scheduled maintenance on your vehicle can get expensive, but it can help you get better gas mileage, as well as maintaining value to your vehicle. Most people really don’t know much about what, when it comes to their cars, but their still are some trust worthy dealers or service stations out there. Simply ask a friend or research some locations in your area and find a place you feel comfortable with. Remember to always ask questions if you don’t understand something they are recommending, it is your money and it is their job to help you understand. Here are a few things that can effect your gas mileage, engine air filter, fuel filter (although most newer vehicles don’t need replacement), spark plugs, and dirty fuel injectors to name a few.
Use Mass Transportation – This can be a very catchy one, because it may not actually benefit you at all. Bus and train fares have also gone up tremendously over the last few years, so it may actually cost you more than it would if you drove to work on your own. It also can take more time depending on schedules and locations, and to some of us time is more important than money. In some cases, it can actually help you save time, since not being behind the wheel and all the technology we have these days can allow us to do more things (For example: College students can do some homework or we can get some paperwork done while taking the train or bus, were we wouldn’t be able to do so while driving). So make sure you do some research and weigh out the pro’s and con’s before jumping right into this one. Here are a few things to consider: How much gas you use to get to work on a monthly basis, in comparison to what the monthly fare will cost you (I say monthly because it will cost less when you buy a monthly fare or pass). Where would you have to go to take the bus or train and if there is a path or route that would even take you where you need to go. If there is one available, what times are available? How long will it take to get to your destination? These will help you decide if it is actually worth it to you or not.
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