Go Frugal With These 10 Gas-Saving Tips
Gas prices are soaring closer to $100 a barrel as trouble pours out of the Middle East. It looks like transportation is going to cost us plenty for at least the near future, but there are ways to cut back on costs. Our 10 frugal fuel-consumption tips will ensure you can fill your tank without major fear.
1. Use Your Smart Phone
There are lots of money-saving applications designed to reduce our daily costs, including travel.The GasBuddy app will coordinate your location with the best gas prices in your area. Another cell phone app worth test driving is CheapGas, which provides precise directions to the nearest and least-expensive gas station.
2. Shop Online
According to a recent study by Carnegie Melon’s Green Institute, shopping online saves an average of 35-percent in gas consumption. Next time you're seeking a new pair of trousers, shop online to cut down on fuel costs. Those who prefer to avoid delivery charges can find plenty of free shipping coupons, which offer deals for popular stores like JCPenney, Verizon, Home Depot & Dell.
3. Lay-off the Lead Foot
We're all in a hurry but speeding down the road just adds wind resistance, sucking fuel like soda through a straw. Keep an eye on your odometer for maximum fuel efficiency.
4. Leave Rapid Starts to the Jack Rabbits
Do you race away from stop lights at the speed of Br'er Rabbit? You're wasting a lot of gas just to reach the next stop light a second faster.
5. Coordinate Carpools
Carpooling simply makes sense -- or is it cents? Use the Carpicipate app to find others in your area who might want to buddy up.
6. Respect Loyalty Cards
Grocery stores like King Soopers offer up to 10-cents off per gallon for buying groceries and filling up at their tanks. Some stores offer an additional savings if you pay cash, when combined with your reward card.
7. Buy Discount Gas Gift Cards
Did you know you don't have to pay full price for a gift card? Sites like GiftCardGranny.com offer a diverse selection of discount gas gift cards from various card vendors. Run out of cash on your card? GiftCardGranny offers an alert on newly available discount gift cards, so you'll be notified every time there's a new card available.
8. Fuel Up at Warehouse Pumps
Filling up at your local warehouse club can save you anywhere from five to 10 cents on fuel at surrounding gas stations.
9. Give Generic a Go
Buying non-branded gas gets your car where it needs to go just as well as fuel from name-brand stations. In fact, it's often the same gas, yet the price can differ by about 20 cents a gallon.
10. Use Low Octane
According to NPR's Car Talk, using a higher octane gas when your car doesn't need it is worthless. Check your vehicle's manual to determine how low you can go.
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