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Wednesday I shared some changes we made to our driving habits to save on gas money. I asked for tips and you guys delivered! Thank you for sharing; I think we can all benefit from one another, especially in this economy. I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips.
Money Beagle had a great tip for those with newer cars:
If your car has a readout display for gas mileage, make sure it’s on all the time. Reset it from time to time so that it gives you a readout of how you’re doing on the fly. I guarantee that when you see it drop like a stone every time you floor it, you’ll start changing your habits for the better.
I think this is a very useful as it helps keep driver aware of how their habits are directly affecting the gas mileage they’re getting from their car. Immediate feedback can be powerful and assist people in making changes.
Max from Maximizing Money had a completely different tip that I think those looking at renting an apartment or buying a home should consider.
I’m lucky to live close enough to grocery stores, the post office, and other places where I can actually walk to do many basic errands. Now that it’s getting warmer out again, I’ll also use my bike to go to the library almost every other day as well as other places that are within a decent distance, so that helps as well. I really don’t have to fill my tank too much, so it’s one area where I definitely save money.
I don’t think it’s luck – I think it’s good planning. Considering a location that allows you to use your car less can be a great move for your wallet and for your health.
GB from In Budgets We Trust offered a parking tip I hadn’t thought of:
I’ve been trying to focus more on not speeding as often and leaving work earlier to cut off the time I spend sitting in stop and go traffic. I’m also thinking of parking in my garages lower parking levels which is an inconvenience for me, but I’ll save money by not driving up several extra floors.
A little extra walking is much cheaper than paying for that gas driving around the parking lot!
Thanks for Your Gas Saving Tips
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