Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Saving on Fuel as Gas Prices Rise

Saving on Fuel
Saving on Fuel
 
As vacation time looms and fuel prices rise there are a few things you can do to #save money on gas and make the most of what is in your tank.

Start by getting the car you have in order.

  • Check tire pressure, empty unnecessary items out of the trunk, check all the fluid levels and change your air filter. 
  • If you have a smart phone you may want to download both a hypermiling app as well as an app that links you to the best gas prices in the area such as Gas Buddy
  • There are several websites dedicated to logging the station with the best gas prices of the day; both Motor Trend and Gas Buddy will search gas prices across the nation. This is especially helpful if you are planning a weekend trip.
  • Consider carpooling to work, mapping out all your errands and cutting back on unnecessary trips. You may even consider downsizing to one car for a while. 
  • Practice the basics of hypermiling; don't use air conditioning, drive slower and turn your car off at red lights and other long wait times. 

Finally, if you are in the market for a new car, by all means consider a fuel efficient model; Tree Hugger has a list of the 10 most fuel efficient cars.

One final note, if your car is not worth repairing, then you may consider donating your car for a tax credit. Organizations like Goodwill will allow you to donate your car for a tax credit and then they will repair it and sell it at a discounted rate to someone in need.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8

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