Saving money on gas isn’t always that easy since we can’t always change the amount of miles we have to drive.Â Being a recently married man I’ve started to realize just how much money two people spend on gas each month, and it’s not a small amount.Â In fact, it’s one of our large routine expenses, and probably outpaces our monthly food bill.Â This is exactly why I want to provide you with some helpful tips on how to save money on gas.
First and foremost, consider the distance you are driving to and from work each day.Â I understand that we can’t always change jobs or change homes based on a long commute, but sometimes we can.Â There was a time I worked in the city and the drive was quite a pain from where I was living, when my lease ended I cut my commute (and gas bill) in half!Â If you have the opportunity to move closer to your work it shouldn’t be an idea that is easily dismissed.
I’m not a big fan of credit cards, but if you can use one properly then they can be a gas savers best friend!Â I have a Costco card that provides an additional cash back discount on all gasoline purchases each year. In fact, even though I’m a Costco member I signed on to this card for the gasoline incentive.Â They provide 2% back on all of our gas purchases throughout the year.Â With as much as spend this could be an added $100 back each year, combined with the other card incentives that isn’t half bad.
Hybrid eco-vehicles are too often dismissed as well.Â They are becoming more mainstream and less expensive than they once were.Â While I see the future being in battery/solar vehicles I don’t think the technology is quite there, and certainly not affordable enough for the everyday consumer.Â However, we recently boughtÂ Jeep that utilizes an eco-friendly engine and works sort of like a Hybrid.Â This adds MPG which is a great thing!
Stay tuned for follow up articles with more gas saving tips!