Fighting Gas Prices By Being Smarter with Our Driving
We’ve been watching the price of gas climb up this past month. Right now the price of gasoline in my neighborhood (in Raleigh, NC) is about $3.77/gallon for regular. We’re looking for ways to keep our gasoline bills manageable as we still want to keep on our financial goals of paying off the student loan sooner.
Cutting Back on Gas Consumption
Kay Lynn had some great tips on reducing gas consumption last year and the advice still stands. You can’t control what’s at the pump, but you can make sure you’re driving more efficiently and being wiser with transportation.
- Combine Errands: We now make it habit to take care of a couple of errands whenever we go out. Besides saving on gas, by waiting we also determine if an errand is really important. Many needless shopping trips have been avoided.
- Eating In, Instead of Out: I’ve been pretty consistent with eating in instead of going out for lunch. It’s been good for my waistline and wallet. Plus I now have some extra time that I can use to either play with my baby girl or workout. A win on all counts.
- Carpool: I’ve been carpooling when I can with friends. It’s nice to save a bit of money, but it’s also nice to have someone else to chat with besides the baby 🙂
- Watching How I Drive: I’m try to maintain my speed when when I’m driving as stop and go can be wasteful and wears the car out faster. My husband is a fan of cruise control when he’s on the highway.
- Clean the Car: I did a massive clean up of the trunk. I basically was hauling extra everything in the back. It was hurting the gas mileage on the Jetta and it was making the trunk less useful since I had less space.
Thoughts on Watching Gas Consumption
The rising prices has reinforced to me that our next car needs to have solid gas mileage on it, that means we’re focusing on sedans instead of SUVs.
I’d like to get your tips on watching the gas budget. How have you been doing lately? Has rising gasoline prices affected your car driving lifestyle? What’s the price of gasoline in your area?
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