How do you Stretch Your Gas Dollars - share your ways and what works for you!

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
April 13, 2008 6:02pm CST
With the price of gas higha nd heading up higher this summer, how about throwing out your ideas for gasoline conservation or making you gas tank stay full loner or using your gasoline wisely or how about just not wasting gas and making sure you have enough for what you need. Tell us what you do to make your gasoline last long as possible. This way we can all collect options to better use our fuel in our cars! I make a lists. I start of Fridays (sometimes Thurs - depends on how busy the week has been) and just leave it in plain sight and then all weekend write everything I have to do outside the house. I take and pick up my GD at school every other week - it is 20 miles round trip. The other week I have to myself. I write down EVERYTHING I need to do - phone calls, pick up prescriptions, grocery , bank, post office, gas for car, things I have to get and at what store. I even write what emails I have to send to who for why. So all weekend I write what i have to do next week. Sunday night I start another list - I seperate the things I have to do to "away from home" and "at home". The "away from home" list, I try to put all these things and schedule them to the week I take/pick up my GD at school. Lot of places in a 20 mile trip - lots of alternate routes I can take to do what I need to do but not use any extra gas or waste any. Then I make the next list with the things to do at home. Each day of the week gets the things away and at. I'll start with away as I can drop her at school and do things on my way home. Once home, i have until 1:30 to do things at home and then have to go pick her up. I try to do all things prior so I don't have to take her anywhere to do things and we have more time to spend together. She is picked up at 5pm so then I crash on the bed and hope I have enough energy to make myself something to eat later! The "at home" things, I will try to catagorize them like most doctors are busy on Mondays and I can't get through or banks and customer service places, so I'll schedule them for Tuesday or later. Lot of things close on Fridays, so I try to do them first of the week. Also, any specific calls to make for a specific reason on a specific day - I wont' forget to make the call. Sounds like a ton of disorganization, but really, after the second (maybe third!) time of doing it, it has worked out so well, and I even enjoy planning my week to see if Ican do better on saving my time and gas money. I am right now at $30 a week. The week I have my GD it is $6 a day for school travel (and that is at $3 a gallon, it is now $3.79!) so about $25 a week for that week, but the next week, I plan to do the things around the house like clean the dresser drawers, mop floors, deep housecleaning, and things like that, so I don't come near using as much gas, and that can be carried over to next week when I need more. How about you? Any tricks of the trade you care to share? We all need to stretch our gas dollars so might as well see what's out in the My Lot pond!
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• United States
14 Apr 08
I spend, on average, about $15 a week, but I can spend even less by taking my bike on many of my small driving trips. I go to the gym every day and it's only two miles (up hill). But, lately, people have been hitting my car when I park up near there, so I've been riding my bike more and it helps me get started on my exercise, too. I also like to ride the bike around the neighborhood doing small errands like picking up small items at the grocery store, etc. But, I also had to cut down on driving out to the desert or other places to do my photography. . I was planning a trip to Coachella Valley one last time before it got hot, but it costs so much to drive up there now. I had my hours cut back at work, so I just don't have the extra cash and be able to make car payments, too.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Good plan! Save gas money and get exercise too! WOuld if I could!
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• United States
14 Apr 08
Yeah, right now I am able to. I wasn't always able to exercise when I was younger and am so grateful about being able to do it now that I try to take advantage of it as much as I can. I have no idea how long I will be healthy enough to do it in the future.
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• United States
14 Apr 08
Wow, you are really organized. I try to group my trips too, but not nearly in as an organized fashion as you. To save, I mostly use public transportation, if I can. It helps I live close to a stop with parking. Plus, the city has semi-decent public transportation without a lot of parking where you want to go. So, I only drive to the transportation or take the car for groceries. That is about it.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Whatever you find that works for you! Public transportation is a good thing when you can use it.
@mnflower (1304)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Wow touchy subject for the lot of us, it is hitting us all it seems and seems like it is only going to get worse. Right now I work at home by my husband and stepson are professional painters so they travel sometimes two hours away one way to the jobsite and boy does that take a toll on the gas..They do ride together if they are put on the same jobs but there are instances they go to seperate jobs, there company only pays 5 dollars if they drive 50 miles from the company but it sure doesn't even touch the amount they both need to spend, so the way we save is stay home only when needed and I have resorted to working online full time and helping my soon to be daughter in law take care of her 4 month old daughter.We plan one day a weekend to go and do all our shopping and the rest of the time is staying at home working in the yard and doing family things and that suits us fine...gas here in central minnesota is between 3.17 a gallon as high as 3.27..
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Good that they at least get something. Out here in california, seldom does a company help with gas costs. My husband is in construction and drives 2 hours (which is about 50-60 miles) one way into the LA or Orange County areas where the work is and they don't give a red cent to help with the gas costs. Regular is $3.79 and diesel is $4.19 out here. But good to, that you can all pitch in and work together to cut costs on both sides.
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@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I am very lucky to live in an urban area where I can walk alot. I only take my car out about once a week or so to do longer distance errands. I also walk to work and that helps a lot too. My area has a decent public transportation system so I try to use that more too. I've started car-pooling with friends more too to save money on gas, but seeing as it costs over $40 to fill my little car, this is something I really need to put some effort into. I'm not looking forward to the summer when prices are always higher.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I used to walk to work too. Then walk home at lunch and drive back cause it was dark by 4:30pm and I didn't want to walk home in the dark! Car pooling is good to! This summer school will be out so I won't be driving even that much - so that will sure help cut my gas cost!
14 Apr 08
At the moment I don't have a car and I'm not planning to get one for a little while. I'm struggling being a student and working at the moment, and covering the living costs is hard enough. I'm saving up for a deposit on a house, however, so car will come later. However, I'm not coming into the discussion without a contribution, hehe! I save money on transport... - If I need to get some bread, I'll take the 15 minutes walk, instead of bus, and get 30 minutes excersize too! - If I need to go right into London or something, I'll get the train- a return ticket can be very cheap! (£1 for student!) - If I get the bus, I buy a clipper card with 10 tickets. Its £18. However, a normal ticket is about £3. So the clipper card saves me £12. =] - I get the bike for short trips into town
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Good for you! There are ways to get around obsticles! I enjoy hearing from everyone as to how they manuver around their obsticle! Sometimes they don't apply to me, but I like hearing it and it gets me motivated and a pat on the back to myself for realizing all my hard work is not lost and neither is others hard work!
• United States
14 Apr 08
Well I think you have it pretty much covered.At least your doing about the same thing I am.And I'm finding that I like doing things this way and it could become a habbit.Im think it is so important for everyone to try this if and when possible.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I have found I have more time for other things (like My Lot!). I spend one week pretty much doing everthing out of the house and the next week everything in the house and it works rather well! I don't get exhausted trying to do everything every day and I don't forget to do things needed done. If I know I have all day today for computer time - boy that is a nice day to get lot of my online things done!
@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I am a lot like you. I don't do any extra driving unless I absolutly have to. If I have no errands to run then it is basically take the kids to school and pick them up. But if I do have somewhere else I have to go, I will try to plan it on a day that I will be headed that way anyways. Like if I need something from the grocery store which is right around the corner from my son's preschool. I will wait until I either take him to school or pick him up to go to the store instead of going later at night. As of right now I spend about $20 a week in gas and that's driving a mini van.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I've got a Malibu. Sounds like you got it under control!
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@jennifer611 (2502)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Hi, I recently received an email from my mom with a whole list of tips on saving gas and all kinds of little things.. these things I never really heard before so it was neat to read them, I can't remember them all but I'll share with you what I do remember.. Try to always pump your gas in the early morning, instead of the after noon or evening.. pumping in the morning you will get more gas.. if you pump it later, the weather has started to warm, which I guess stretches the gas and your really not getting as much as you should. another thing, never pump gas when you see that the gas truck people are there. when there filling the gas tank things, that kicks up all the crap off the bottom of the barrel things and that junk is getting into your car instead of just plain gas. also, always pump gas on the lowest (slow) setting.. I know it takes forever it seems like, but if you do it on the fast setting your getting a lot of air.. so set it on the 1st notch so your getting all gas.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Apr 08
I bought an Ebike last Summer for local runs to cut down on my car use-Shops are 3 miles from home,and My work is 4 Miles away- just by using it for those round trips in good weather and "crediting" myself with the price of a Taxi for each leg of a Journey,I've saved the price of the bike back already! It has a range of 20+ miles which is plenty for my needs,it's a folding bike so it'll go in the car and I can use it in town when I get there..I can do the 4 mile cycle to work in about 20 minutes and I don't need to hit the showers on arrival! On car driving..Turn off the Engine at the lights or in stationary traffic..look into the option of online shopping and deliveries to your door..
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
14 Apr 08
The only time we usually use the car is when we have to buy groceries and that is usually once a week. I usually take the bus or walk during the week if I need to restock. My husband catches the train and leaves the car at home and because he travels a lot, the car sits in our garage not being used, because I can't drive :) so we are saving $$ there too. At most we spend $25-28 per fortnight for petrol and try to use that for the full fortnight until he gets paid again.