By Denise Miller
So the gas prices are going up again. This writer just paid $3.95 a gallon.
We all get disgusted and all have our own theories why and how this happens.
Most of it is out of our control, however there are things you can do to help yourself
According to AAA, prices at the pump are now averaging $3.84 a gallon for regular, 30 cents more than a month ago. Drivers in several states are seeing $4.00 a gallon and higher.
Some states have seen $5.00 a gallon!
This is still cheaper than what they pay in Europe. According to NRP.org/business,
Foreign news, Fuel in France is hitting $8.00 a gallon due to Nigerian civil unrest and
the effect of European Sanctions, forbidding them to buy from Iran.
So, what can you do to help yourself?
Short of buying World’s Most Economic Car For Sale Next Year, here are a few ideas:
- Lower vehicle weight equals better gas mileage! So empty your trunk and backseat of
- Extra junk you are carrying around.
- Many stations offer a lower price per gallon for cash. Using credit cards has been a way to earn points, but the credit card companies are capping the benefit and it is not always beneficial. Look at your own card rules carefully.
- Slow down for savings sake! Every 5 mph over 60 that you drive adds about .30 cents
- per gallon to your bill. Also those aggressive starts and stops waste another 33% at highway speeds and 5% at slower speeds. According to AAA these hurt gas mileage.
- When was the last time you checked your tires? The inflation of your tires affects gas mileage. It is estimated that you can save up to .12cents a gallon. You will also help your tires wear better and last longer. We all know how expensive tires can be.
- Look for grocery/gas discount programs. Many big supermarket chains now tie in-store spending to discounts at the pump according to Teri Gault, the founder of “The Grocery Game”. Savings can range from a few cents off to $1.50 a gallon at Albertsons or $2.20 at Giant. Watch for overall gas prices at these places and for caps in amounts you can purchase.
- The best tip of all is looking at your routes, around town, to and from work, shopping trips. See if you can combine errands on one trip. See if you can shop closer to home, Try to cut down on needless driving and get that full tank to last longer. Many people are also sharing rides, carpooling with a friend, splitting the cost of gas.
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