Friday, June 27, 2008

With gas prices escalating it seems there ought to be a way to decrease the money we spend on gas. Not the science fiction method of converting your car to run on water instead of gas, or buying an expensive hybrid car that runs on electricity and gas. If you did that you'd have to own that car for the next bjillion years to come out ahead on the gas savings.

One method of saving on gas is to bunch your errands all into one trip. For example if you take your kid to school, also do your grocery shopping, pick up the dry cleaning, and return the books to the library on that same trip. Even better is to get a car pool going in the neighborhood where you only have to drive to school once a week. Picking up the other children that one time a week will use less gas than driving to and from five days a week.

When you're waiting in line at the drive up window at a fast food, bank, dry cleaning store. Turn off the engine if you'll be waiting more than a few minutes.

One way that will help you earn money on your gas purchases thereby decreasing the money you spend on gas is to get a gas card. Gas cards are credit cards that reward you for your gas purchases and other purchases. Every time you use the card you can get cash back, earn reward points for gas purchases. It's something to think about.

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