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Simple tips to save money on gas. (Part 1)

As the gas prices continue to rise at a fairly frustrating rate, I know many of you are trying to find ways to save money on your travels.  While I am always encouraging all of you to save money on gas through grocery store-specific programs like Fuelperks, I felt like this would be a good time to put all of the ways you can save money in one place.

This is going to be a three part series.  Today focusing on just your car and habits and then Monday check back for details on how to work the grocery gas reward programs to the max!  Lastly we’ll discover whether Gas Credit Card rewards deals are worth it.

Tips For Your Car & Habits

  1. If you have two cars, try to use only the most gas-efficient vehicle. Maybe even try using only one car for a while.  I know for some of you it sounds ridiculous, but it actually forces you to simplify your schedule, limit the amount of places you drive to per day, and possibly gives you some good bonding time with a real person instead of the radio :)
  2. Drive at a reasonable speed.  Yes, people may get frustrated behind you.  Yes, there may even be some honking.  But, in the end, it is called the Speed Limit for a reason.  Driving the limit will help you save gas.  It is as simple as that.  Driving at 55 mph is 15% more efficient than driving at 65 mph.  That’s a pretty drastic difference.
  3. Maintain your vehicle.  Some basic things can go a long way.  Oil changes on time, keeping your tires inflated, the air filter clean, etc. all work to keep the gas per gallon down.  For more in-depth info on taking care of your car, check out an older Southern Savers post here.
  4. Carry less weight.  Some times it is easy to forget that you’ve actually got 10 lbs of stuff in the trunk – but an extra trip to and from the car can save you money in the long run.  A heavier car = more gas used.  One possibly silly option here is to also only fill up your tank to half way each time (1 gal. of gas = approx 6 lbs), and then get gas more often.
  5. Fill your tank at the coolest part of the day.  This one might not have quite as drastic an affect, but, if you have a choice, fill up your tank in the morning or the evening instead of noon.  Gasoline is denser the cooler it is, so you will technically get more gas for less money in the cooler parts of the day.
  6. Reduce drag. Having a bicycle- or luggage-rack on your roof increases the wind resistance of your car.  Removing these will save quite a bit of gasoline.

Tune in next Monday for “How to use your Groceries to pay for your Gas!!”

Do you have any other tips to that are car or habit related that help save gas money?

    • Samantha

      Use gasbuddy.com to find the lowest price on gas in your area or, on your way somewhere. Look at the map function to see where the cheap stations are.

      Here, its not even Sam’s club, BJ’s or kroger that has the best deals, its usually Sheetz. Sheetz has a store type card that will give you 3 cents off the price advertised.

    • Ctomblin

      filling the gas tank half way may reduce the weight, but with gas prices increasing as much as $.10 a day, doesn't it make more sense to fill it up at the lower price?

    • Beth

      My husband uses a Shell Saver card. It is NOT a credit card! You link the shell saver card to your debit card/bank account, and use the card at the pump. Your total still shows up on your bank statement the same way. Right now they have a promotion through the end of April you save 10 cents off each gallon of gas! (We signed up last year and the promo then was save 5 cents) Sign up at shell dot us

      • Courtney S

        Is it really 10 cents now?? I have a Shell Saver card and didn't even realize that!

      • Great tip, thanks! Do you know if you can you combine that with the Kroger fuel points as well?

        • Beth

          I am not sure… we don't have a Kroger in Charleston. I would assume that you could, as the shell saver card works like a debit card, it is linked to your bank account. So you may be able to scan your Kroger card, the use the shell saver at the payment prompt. That would be great if you can use both!

    • Courtney S

      Only filling up to halfway will actually give you the opposite effect. You actually get better gas mileage with a full tank, so you're better off completely filling up and then topping off when you get down to a half tank or so.

    • Lveltman

      I am sure alot of people do this already but, I am doing the majority of my shopping @ Kroger so I can get 10 cents off a gallon of gas. For each $100.00 you spend you can get 10 cents off a gallon of gas up to 35 gallons.

      • Theda

        Also, use the kroger pharmacy and swipe your kroger card!! You get points for that towards your grocery total. I think it is 100 for every presription. Please correct me if this is wrong.

        • Yes, you get 100 points for each prescription, so that is one fill up at a 10 cent discount per gallon. I fill all of our prescriptions with Kroger!

        • I get 50 points for each filled prescription. LOVE IT! I only get gas at Kroger, with a family of five we rack up 100 points at least twice a month, usually more :)

      • Bee

        And they count before coupons. Ingle's does not, at least in my neck of the woods.

        In other words, haul in your free coupons to Kroger to drive up that total!

    • Kati

      i've actually heard that keeping your gas ABOVE a half tank helps you save gas because of the evaporation in the tank (i'm pretty sure that's how it was explained to me.) it does seem like the gauge goes down faster after you hit the halfway mark.

      also, with the fuel-perks at kroger, your discount is per trip so i would be using a lot more of my discounts if i only filled up to a half-tank every time.

      • Cmroberts

        Not to be all “end of the world” but it is also a good thing to keep your tank at no lower then 1/2 in the event of an emergency and you need to get out of town quick. You can just pick up and go and get a good distance before you HAVE to stop for gas. Living to Charleston with Hurricanes always keeps me thinking of emergency preparedness.

      • guest

        I had been told as well that you lose more gas due to evaporation when your tank is less than 1/3 full than you spend on the extra weight.

    • Tmk67

      Filling up at a cooler time of day is absolutely irrelevant. The gas is stored in cool, underground tanks and the density isn't close to significantly more dense. The trick is to pay a few more cents a gallon and get a decent quality. Every car I've ever had ran better on Chevron or Shell than Wal*Mart… =/

    • Atlanta404

      Using Kroger points at Shell gas stations is helpful. My premium the other day was $3.75 but using my Kroger points dropped it to $3.67. Any savings on gas is good!!!

    • Betty Jane

      Thanks for the gas cutting costs series.

      Since I am using more ink for couponing, are there any good deals on printer ink?

      • Elizabeth

        try Amazon.com.. I have a new printer and the reg price ink is 34.99 for colors and all have to be replaced at once! I found all of the ink for my printer brand new with 2 of each color= all for $6 total!!

      • Kati

        I go through ebates. Last time I got ink from 4inkjets.com when it was a daily double and got some really cheap. Right now, 123inkjets.com is at 16% but I’ve never dealt with them personally.

      • oh_whatever

        try eBay for ink. I have a brother printer and get all 4 colors for about $8 with shipping included. Then I turn in the empty ones at Staples and get $2 each for them so they end up pretty much free!
        Earlier this week I used $20 in Staples 'ink money' and bought $24 worth of stuff so I only paid $4 and I am getting $17 back in rebates!

    • JrCouponator

      It's an oldie but goody and more important than ever. Plan your trips!

    • Mony

      The biggest tip I ever learned was not to “gun” the gas and/or hard brake when coming to a stop. Slowwwwwly increase the speed and when coming up to a stop foot off the gas. I've gotten plenty of honks, like what are you doing, and this from little old ladies driving cars and can barely see above their steering wheel (yes, mom I'm talking about you). I drive a 94 Camaro Z-28 speed that drinks fuel just to open the door. This has saved me substantial amounts of money as well as brake maintenance and upkeep.

    • Ericahannel

      Gas is going to go up to 150-200 ($7-$8 prices) a barrel within the next months. You may be in disbelief but mark my word.

      • Bee

        I would say anything is possible, but the entire economy will suffer so it won't be just my problem.

        In other words, corporations will be on my side raising heck to the government as they rely on stabilized prices to manufacture and transport goods. Corporations are also aware there is only so much economic pressure a consumer will accept-hence, if gas prices go up, people will be buying less and less and less of other things.

        So, no worries here. The sky is not falling.

      • LS55

        I'll mark your word and smile months from now when it will not come true :)

    • Terry

      This week at Publix! If you purchase for $25.– you can buy a gas gift card worth $50.– for $10.– less. That means a $50.- gas card for $40.–
      I am from the Netherlands and we use our bicycle, even for grocery shopping. That saves a lot of gas!(live in Florida now)
      Terry

    • SophieMae

      Accelerate gradually. When you see a red light ahead, take your foot off the gas and coast to it. You'll reduce time sitting, waiting for green. Google hypermiling and find other great tips. You'll be amazed how much difference it makes!

    • Angie

      I've read several of the comments below and I have to say, I totally agree with with “don't gun it and break easy” tip from Mony. I've put over 500,000 miles on vehicles in my 16 years of owning cars and I always get double the mileage out of tires and brakes because of the slowing down early and slowly rule. My last car I put 100,000 miles on one set of breaks that “should have needed replacing” (but didn't) at 40,000 miles. Also, filling up the tank and only using 1/2 a tank before the next fill-up is much better than only running 1/2 a tank. The best gas mileage comes off the top half of the tank. I'm a scientist and have experimented numerous times with this one with the same result every time. MUCH better mpg with full tank and only using “top half” and then filling up. Thanks for all the tips Jenny! You're the best!

      • LS55

        This is actually intriguing…doesn't the reduced weight of not having a full tank play a positive role in this equation?
        Either way…I will take your work for it this time and try it out :)

    • NondescriptMember

      With regard to item 4: If you think gas prices are going to continue to climb, then I believe that the best thing you can do is to fill your tank at each fill-up. The savings in fuel economy for carrying only 1/2 a tank will likely be out-weighed in the price at the pump for that 2nd 1/2 tank of fuel at the higher price later. If prices are steadily going down, then step 4 is great advice for two reasons: You can capitalize on economy (MPG) and on lower prices for the next 1/2 of a tank. If gas prices are fluctuating indescriminately, then 1/2 of a tank per fill-up can improve MPG but the price for the next 1/2 of a tank is a gamble.

      • hooks party of 6

        Great points! Having a full tank will limit also the stop for filling up again. So… with this there is pro's and con's. Right now from a rumor I heard that gas prices would be at $4.00 within a week. I dread the thought of having to put my kids on the school bus but if gas goes up to much higher I'm afraid this will come to pass. Also Filling up in the middle of the week seems to be the best time from my observation. Gas prices always go up on Friday's or during the weekend when most people are out. Just my observation though!

        • hooks party of 6

          Ok just looked at gasbuddies.com or something like that and did a search for my area which is Atlanta Ga. Right now I am paying like $3.38. The cheapest I can find plus it is the closest to my house. Anyways, was looking at Marietta Ga and at Chevron that regular gas price is already at $4.00 so I will correct my statement above and say $ 4.00. This is too crazy!

        • Bee

          LOL My kids have always gone on the school bus, except to middle school, where I am required to transport them because we live so close.

          They have always been just fine, just as I was when I was a kid. There is no tolerance by the school system of acting up, etc on the bus. They will kick the offending kids off the bus.

          With that said, going to the middle school is s TOTAL nightmare because most of the kids get a ride (most do not live in the parental responsibility zone)….one or two kids per car. I often wonder why I pay taxes to run buses if so many people are going to create gridlock. It's so bad that I have often not been allowed to attempt turning left into the school by the police officer and have to drive around a nearby subdivision until traffic clears somewhat.

          I have a hard time believing gas has gone up when so many still think it's ok to idle it all out of the tank.

          • Shuterbugg

            After having been a school bus driver and seen first hand the “tolerance” level…my child WILL NEVER ride a school bus. Nevermind several students end up sitting on the floor in the AISLE for lack of seating….the drivers that people KNOW are rug users/drunks/etc and the school DOES NOTHING about…so, yea…I am gonna “create gridlock” if it means my child is safe…and idle while doing it here in the HOT HOT HOT south!

            • JJ

              I'm a teacher, and I totally agree with driving your kids to school. I would never let my middle school child ride a bus. That seems to be the really rough years.

    • Buy a hybrid, or other fuel efficient car. I'll attest that if you buy the sedan kind of hybrid (like the Prius), the cost works out right. If you want to be save more, buy a used one.

      Also, use public transportation or walk/bike more.

      • Lainibug

        Similar to this idea, my husband just sold his sportier car and bought a used Jetta TDI (diesel). They are very fuel efficient, are very durable long-lasting cars, and have been around enough that he could buy a good used one. It is really saving with his long commute.

      • Jaxnative40

        These are great ideas but unfortunately, not for everyone. I am a family of 7 so we would never be able to all fit in a hybrid or even the fuel efficient cars. Would waste the savings if we had to take 2 cars everywhere and besides, with 5 children home with me all day, the 6 of us wouldn't fit either. As for the public transport & walk/bike, I live way out in a rural area so the buses don't even run out here plus their schedule wouldn't fit mine. Walk/bike isn't an option due to the danger. There are no sidewalks on the main road I would have to get down to get to the area stores and most other trips are 20 to 30 minutes away in the car. I use many of the other tips on here to make the most of what we have.

    • Bee

      I scarcely go anywhere except to pick up my son at school (less than one mile) and to the grocery every two weeks.

      My husband rides to work in the company vehicle.

      So, not a lot of gas being used here, thank goodness. I can see these prices threatening some folks' ability to eat and pay the mortgage.

      • Samantha

        If it's less than a mile, wouldnt it make more sense to walk or bike him home?

        • Bee

          Across a four lane highway where adults who try to cross frequently do not make it, um no.

          • Samantha

            Bee, I get it. Yes, I agree, that would be very challenging with a child. Do they give bus service, or a crossing guard at least?

            • Bee

              No, we are not eligible for bus service because of our proximity to the school. No crossing guard and no walkway built over the roadway. I have fought this for years and would fight it more if I could afford it.

    • Allismom

      These tips are great! I have an SUV that is paid for, so even though the gas mileage is not that great, for now we are still coming out cheaper than if we added a car payment for a newer, more fuel efficient car. I would like to eventually sell it, but money is tight and a car payment is just not in the budget right now. The cost of gas amazes me. How can rising fuel prices possibly be good for an ecomony barely making its way out of a recession. With less “disposable” income I find that we are spending less on other things, eating out, movies, etc. Seems to me like most people are in that same boat. We also live about 20 minutes from town, so I am definatly limiting my trips lately. I try to plan to go once a week, and while I am gone for a long time, I try to get everything done on that day so I don't make as many back and forth trips. Hubby drives my old sedan (with almost 200,000) miles on it to work everyday, but fortunately 90% of his trip is highway, so he gets excellent gas mileage. Far better then I ever did when I was driving it! LOL

    • Tts829

      This may be a dumb question, but can somebody tell me how the Kroger's fuel points work. I mean how and where do you redeem them? I have just recently start shopping at Kroger and am aware that I have accumulated points but am clueless as to how to take advantage of them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

      • Lainibug

        You should be able to scan your card or enter your phone # at the pump. You should get 3 cents off per gallon automatically, or in my memory for every $100 of groceries bought in a month you get a chance to take off 10 cents per gallon on one fill-up. I used to use this system when I shopped at Kroger and it's great if you have one of their stations convenient.

      • Teresa

        When you earn 100 points than you save .10 per gallon. If you kroger does not have a gas station than you can use your points at Shell just use your kroger card or phone number as a alternate

      • biskit0323

        Where? Shell gas station….I”m guessing your Kroger doesn't have a station. Mine doesn't ether. But, Shell partners with them. We have 2 Shell stations that do it here. I just put my Kroger card in where you do your credit card/debit card when you pay at the pump. It will then tell you if you are eligible for 10c off per gallon. It will then tell you to scan your cc/debit and then you pump. I haven't paid inside before but my husband has and he pumped and then they scanned his Kroger card to take the 10c off and then he paid. But, he went in and asked first because the pay at the pump thingy was broken at that particular store. And when I go to town, I just check gas prices everywhere. And if I subtract 10c off Shell's price and it's the cheapest then, I go there. But, fair warning, most of the time in my area it's not the cheapest even after the 10c off. I don't drive out of my way to get gas either because that is a waste of money. But, on my way to say Kroger to grocery shop, I pass atleast 5-6 stations. So, I price and then get gas on my way back home. HTH!

    • Fran

      Be sure to take advantage of the Publix deal this week. Buy $25 worth of groceries and you can get a $50 gas gift card for $40. $10 instant savings!

      • guest

        And that is $25 PRE-COUPON! My Publix let me buy 2 of the gas cards for $40 each, I didn't have to split my $50 though I was prepared to. This was HUGE for me because I have been saving gas $ to pick my daughter up for college spring break next week (she is 700 miles away) but the amount I had planned on is 35% less than expected. I spent $35 “actual” grocery $ this week and got 2 $50 gift cards. Will do something similar beginning of next week and get 2 more.

    • KnoxvilleJenn

      I am not sure if this works, but I heard a friend say she does this and IF your Kroger/Ingles will allow it, may be a good idea — she puts $300 on her Kroger gift card at the beginning of the month, so she gets .30 taken off her gas price automatically. Then every time she shops at Krogers, she uses that card and continues to get points built up, so gas just keeps getting cheaper for her throughout the month. My only question is whether my Kroger will give me gas points if I put money on one of their gift cards? Anyone else do this??

      • Debbie

        Will it work with BiLo Gast Perks???

        • guest

          It didn't at Christmas time (not sure if it will now) At Christmas you didn't get Fuelperks for BiLo gift cards though you did for others.

      • G'sMom

        I thought it was .10 per gas station visit. With that scenario, she would be able to get gas 3 times, each at a 10cent/gallon discount.

        • KnoxvilleJenn

          Hmm…I will look into this, but I know that I received .30 cents off one time when I filled up in the last 6 months – I haven't always been into couponing, so I can't tell you how much I spent at Kroger to get that deal, but I do know it was .30 cents, not .10 cents. I am going to Kroger tomorrow, so I will ask some specifics and post what I find out…..see if I imagined the .30 or if I must've spent some obscene amount and became a VIP that day at the pump :)).

          • Bee

            Jen, you get .10 discount per $100 spent. If you spend $100 today and use your discount today, you only get .10 off and start over for the month. If you let the purchases accumulate, you can get up to $1.00 off per gallon for up to I think 35 gallons so you could bring two cars, even if the second didn't get a complete fill-up.

            • couponmonster

              I'm still perplexed at how does on know exactly how many cents off per gallon you will get. How can you tell from your receipt whether or not you will get 10c off or $1.00?

            • Shuterbugg

              Krogers now caps ALL FUEL PERKS at .10 per gallon NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU SPEND!!! In myrtle beach at least…we noticed it a few weeks ago! Now BI-LO is another story…my friend just got $1.75 off and filled up today!! Paid $1.97 a gallon….

            • Amanda

              I got 0.20 cents off per gallon on Friday, in the Richmond, VA area. So, I know some Krogers still let the amount accumulate. It used to only be 0.10 per gallon for every $100 spent, but they revised the program a couple of years ago. I wasn't filling up as much when I was out of work and now that I am back to work I am back to once a week. It was nice to get the 0.20 discount though and I filled my tank as full as it would go. Subsequently, I had to fill up a lot less the next week. So, I plan to really fill up the tank every other week with my discount and the in between weeks just fill it up until the pump clicks off. :) It has been working so far. So, I still save when I don't have a good credit. With coupon deals it takes me awhile to get to $100.

      • christa

        Ingles is simply 3 cents off per gallon when you use a gift card. Doesn't matter how much you spend there.

    • Rabonic2

      Write your congressman, senator and the president demanding that we drill here and drill now and I will guarantee that you will save money on gas… Because if we, as Americans, will drill for the oil and natural gas that has been found all over this country we will be energy independent. We will once again have a robust economy and we will once again prosper.

      • Dixod

        I think it's extremely naive to think that because we drill here in the US, we will have cheap gas. The oil industry is in the the business of running a profit. The major issues are the fact that we are too oil dependent as a country and we need to wean ourselves off the dependency.

        • erica

          I wish I could triple like this Dixod! No more gas, no more coal. Don't drill in our oceans or our national forests! Sure, if the government would let them, the oil companies would be more than happy to drill in our oceans and national forests – then they don't have to pay as much in shipping charges = more money in their pockets. Just don't expect them to leave things the way they found them…..

          • Rabonic2

            Drill here, drill now baby!!!

        • Rabonic2

          When President Bush announced that they would open the East Coast to off-shore drilling in 2007 or 2008 when gas prices were around $4 a gallon it took a matter of weeks for prices to drop back down into the $2s… Just sayin' :) It still increases the world supply. There is plenty of oil out there until we can find more effective battery powered cars and etc. Also, using ethanol is joke. We spend $2 in taxes for each gallon we purchase– in addition to the price of the gas. AND ethanol is not as effective for gas mileage. You only get about 65% effectiveness from it. AND it is a food source and sending food prices through the roof. Just sayin' ;)

      • Amanda

        My husband and I both think it was “convenient” for there to be an oil spill once they started drilling on our coasts. It would be great if we did not have to rely on the Middle East for gas. Unfortunately, too many politicians and decision makers profit from it and don't want to drill in the U.S.

    • Ojoemiller

      buy an electric car……

      • Fiveroller

        or a bike

    • Danyeln

      Don't forget to add a bottle of Fuel Injector Cleaner to your tank every time you get your oil changed. Dirty injectors seriously hurt your MPG.

    • Jolley1

      Fueling during cooler times of the day doesn't work because the tanks are located deep under ground. Also, don't worry about running the A/C because it doesn't affect your fuel economy near as much as the drag from rolling the windows down. Driving at a reasonable speed, not idling the car for more than a minute, and properly inflating the tires are the most important things you can do to save on gas.

    • Casey4383

      Hey! I did the Publix deal this week twice. I went on Thursday and got $70 worth of groceries AND a $50 Gas card to Shell station for a total of $44. If I can get my groceries free maybe I can afford gas! LOL!

      • wendyc33

        I thought the gas cards for me was not a good buy. the only gas cards they had you could buy was a chevron, bp or shell card. These 3 gas stations are at least .15 cents or more higher in my town. And saving 10.00 off and paying more for the gas just broke even for me. not as good a deal.

        • $10 off a $50 gas card is 20% off. $.15 more per gallon (@ $3.42 per gallon) is a 4.4% increase. The Publix Gas Cards would still save you 15.6% (approx).

    • LadyO

      These tips were forwarded to me by email, a while back, but they are so pertinent now as they always have been! My dad, an interstate trucker, used to spout these tips over and over and over again to us kids. 20 years later, they are tatooed on my brain!!!! Using even one of these tips will save you $, in today's economy. Hope it helps.

      Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

      A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

      When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

      One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

      Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

      • LS55

        Wow…I actually never heard ANY of these tips, so thanks for sharing! ..now I'll have to have a talk with my uncle who is a trucker and find out why he's been keeping these tips secret! :P

      • Susan W

        I'm always somewhat suspicious of forwarded emails and check with Snopes dot com. In this case, while this information seems quite useful, there is inconclusive evidence to fully support these theories.

    • Janice

      One idea I heard a couple years ago, and it has become habit. If you are on a hill, take your foot off the gas at the top, and see how far you can go at the speed limit before using gas again. As the scientist would know, my E350 1 ton van goes farther than our little car… 'course it's only getting 10 miles to the gallon when I do use gas :-( . On that note, one day a week I am using $50 in gas driving around, and we did the math and concluded that a vehicle payment of $125/ month on a 20 mile/ gallon car would equal about the same amount of money. Something to consider as prices continue to go up……

      • Christy

        Too bad we don't have hills in Charleston.

    • Trixie

      All I can say is.. I LOVE MY PRIUS (48-52mpg)! And, MY HUBBY LOVES HIS SCOOTER (75-80mpg)! :D

      • deb

        been threating to get a bicycle and drop the gym membership!!

      • SFLS

        Yes, Prius rules! Don't miss the Blazer at all. Love getting 50 mpg w/o trying. Have you tried the Pulse and Glide method? I do this all the way to work and am getting 60-70 mpg.

    • Samantha

      I posted about using a website that tracks gas prices, it did not post – I guess links are considered suspect. Anyway I do this in conjunction with my trips to make sure I always get the very best price along the way. I guess search for it if I cannot post a link.

    • Samantha

      Also my chase card gives me 5% cash back all the time on fuel purchases. Add that onto whatevers cheapest… and it helps out.

      I have another chase card that gives me 5% back on all grocery purchases, but I don't think that one is available anymore.

      • Brick_1221

        I have a chase card that gives 5% cash back on groceries and drug stores Jan-March, so for the rest of this month it is in effect.

      • LS55

        Pentagon Federal Credit Union has a cash back credit card that offers 5% cash back on gas at the pump, 2% on groceries, and 1% back on everything else ALL the time! :)

    • Thanks for this series. I look forward to the next 2 parts. And thanks to those that mentioned the Publix deal. I will be shopping there later.

    • sarah

      We have a Wal-mart credit card and got it for the sole purpose to use it at our local Murphy USA gas station. We get 3 cents off every gallon of gas we buy.

      • Lcstone19

        Tried to use my Sam's/Walmart credit card at my Murphy and was told it was not owned by Walmart, so I could not use it.

    • Lamesrjk

      Whenever possible, use cruise control. By keeping your speed constant (and hopefully reasonable) you increase your fuel efficiency. This goes with the earlier comments about accelerating and braking gently.

    • Pam

      I live in Savannah, GA, I got a PumpPal card from Parker's which saves me .10 a gallon when I use it, it is linked to my checking account..works great!!!

    • Melissa

      Only running on the bottom tank of gas might save money on gas as suggested, but will eventually cost you money on a new fuel pump. My husband (who is a mechanic) will tell you that because of the way fuel pumps are designed you will ruin them sooner if always running on the bottom tank of gas. ( he could explain the reason why, but he is not here and I don't remember :)

    • Anna

      Last summer when the gas went up like this, a news channel had a special on stuff like this. They said that when you pump, just let it cut off instead of “rounding to next dollar” as so many people do. They said you actually leave a little gas that you're paying for in the pump line by starting the pump again.

    • Fiveroller

      all good advice except 5. consumer reports says temp of stored gasoline varies almost imperceptably as it is kept in tanks under ground where temp is almost always constant. youd gain more by making sure you get all the last few drops to drip in the tank at the end of pumping.

      people driving trucks with tailgate down to save gas are making a mistake also. mythbusters proved the tailgate down creates more drag than with the tailgate up. with the tailgate up, a bubble of air is created in the bed making it more aerodynamic. tailgate down actually uses more gas.

    • Becky

      I have removed my third row in my van. We don't use it on a regular basis. It gives me more room for food runs and a larger area to put a stroller when I need it. That removes a LOT of weight! Becky

      • Dealmkr579

        I would love to do that, but it took 2 adult men at least 30 mins to get ours back in when I had to have it taken out to clean it after my son got sick. I use our 3rd seat when I help take our youth group on outings so I do need it occasionally. If you are considering this, take a good look at how easy it is to replace when needed.

    • mg7

      One piece of advice that my dad has always had is to never accelerate over 2000 RPM. By taking off slower at stop lights, it helps me to not burn excess gas trying to speed up. I simply adjust this for getting on the freeway and it works fine for me.

      • couponmonster

        my dad too!!! No over 2000rpm if i can avoid it and i definitely take off slower and even “coast” from stoplight to stoplight…I just try to stay at a constant “roll” of momentum in stop and go type traffic. It saves on gas and brakes!

        • Rebecca

          My dad taught me to coast, too! Stop giving the gas as you are going downhill and let the momentum take you up the next hill as far as possible. Also, if you gas/break/gas/break and don't coast as much as possible you are going to wear out your breaks much more quickly! My husband rides the breaks and I coast. We have tracked our gas mileage on long trips (same car, just different legs of the trip). I always come out with better gas mileage! =)

    • meme

      In learning all we can about RV'ing, we read many suggestions to keep the tank over half full for energy efficiency. We are talking about some really big tanks so I will have to agree that the evaporation of the gas is more wasteful than saving from less weight. That is the major reason “old Nelly Bell” hasn't been driven much in over six months.

    • Grapeape9

      When my Grand Caravan was totaled last Oct. I researched cars. I found a 2010 Dodge Caliber for 17,000 gets 25-28 mpg. Now my husband who drives 50 miles a day to and from work takes my new car and since I only drive 20 miles (taking the kids to and from school) use his truck. I fill up once every 2 weeks. We save about $ 60 a week in gas that way

      • Meme

        Just a suggestion, but wouldn't it be more economical to let the kids ride the bus to save the 20 miles a day? Unless that's a week, then it's not that bad.

    • Christy

      It doesn't just sound ridiculous for us to have one car. It would be insanely ridiculous. My husband works 1/2 hour away and has to be at work between 4:00 – 6:00 a.m. 3 or 4 days a week. I only work 5 mins. away, but have to be there at 7:00 Monday-Friday. I think it would be crazy to put my 2 sons in the car between 3:30 and 5:00 a.m., drive an hour round trip to drop my husband off, then have him hang out at work until I could pick him up around 4 or 5 and fight rush hour traffic then making it a 1-2 hour round trip drive back. And would this actually save us gas with commuting twice as much? For the most part, he drives the civic and I drive the pilot, so the more fuel efficient vehicle is being used for the commute. Then at least one day a week, he works 12-10, so he would have to drop me off at work at 7 a.m. and I have no idea how I would get myself and children home. The only public transportation we have is a park and ride bus system, but it does not operate early enough for him to get to his job by 4, 5, or 6 a.m. I have read many comments on many money-saving blogs where people insist that it is possible for any family to share one car and that it might just be inconvient. I think in many cases, like our's it is just not possible. I've even read people comment that you should talk to your employer about changing work hours to share a car. I am a teacher so that is not possible. My husband works retail, he is expected to work when scheduled. In this economy, it is very hard to find a job that will let you choose your own hours.

      • Gabralady

        It was a suggestion!!!

      • Amanda

        I think that a one car situation may work for homes where one person works and the other stays home with the children. I agree that it is pretty much impossible when both people work to not have two cars unless, they work together or have jobs near one another. I would also like to note my parents had one car for several years and it was a huge hassle. This was when I was a child, then they had two cars for some time and now again one. My mom did not work outside the home, so that was one of the reasons why it remotely worked. However, if one of us kids were sick or had something after school, my grandparents had to pick us up. Then when my parents got a new car when I was in college, they only had one car again. I will say they realized how much wear and tear they put on their new car because of the extra going back and forth to take my dad to and from work so my mom would have the car because she needed it to take my brother to college classes until my mom and him bought a car together to share. One car households are a big hassle and I would say you are using more gas, time and putting a lot of wear and tear on your car in most cases. I know this is only a suggestion, but yes it only works in certain situations. We are lucky in that my husband gets a take home car as a sheriff's deputy, but we still have two cars because I work 40 minutes away and we have totally different schedules at this time. My husband still needs a car when he is off from work and I am at work. I limit trips to when I am on my way back home from work and rarely make extra trips on the weekends. I also use my Kroger gas savings every other week and fill the tank as full as it goes. Then on the opposite week if I don't have a good Kroger credit, I can put less gas (but still a full tank) a pay less. I make sure I push the gas to the limit with my gas credits.

      • Lori

        Down, girl! Obviously, not everyone can take all suggestions, for practical reasons. That being said, if my hubby and I still worked outside the home, we would be able to arrange a carpool arrangement (at least, back when we were still childless). Now, he is disabled and I work from home, so it is moot.

      • Swagz_stranger89

        Calm down. It was a suggestion! Also, you said you work 5 minutes away… Try walking to work?

    • savymom

      I have read and also noticed the cheapest days for buying gas is on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and before 10AM on Thursday's.

    • Tmccracken

      We have found that buying 100% gasoline that we get much better fuel mileage. Up to 5 more miles per gallon. We don't buy the gas with ethanol. A tip we got from a friend and we watched our mileage and he was right.

      • Giveme1reason

        what stations sell gas w/o ethanol? how can i find some?

    • Christy

      I also was going to mention that we live in Charleston. We try not to let our tanks dip below 1/2 a tank during hurricane season. It seems the jury is out on whether or not that save money. We don't do it to save money and even if it was proved to cost more money, we would still do that. That way we are always prepared for an evacuation.

    • yvonne

      My suggestion is of course a longer term solution, but when you look to buy or rent a new home, look for one near an activity center where you can walk to stores, schools, parks, etc., even if the house/yard are smaller, and use the transit if it is available. Even before gas prices went up, the average American family was spending 3 times more on transportation than they were putting into retirement accounts. That's going to be even worse with higher gas prices. Plus, it's one of the best possible things you can do for the environment to create less air pollution. I know this isn't always an option for every family, but if it is, think what you could do with that extra $9,000 per year that we spend on average for each car!

    • Swagz_stranger89

      Also, don't use the air conditioning so much. If you can, roll down your window at speeds under 45mph at least.

    • Connie

      Use the school bus – at least in the afternoon – to get your kids home from school.