As we all look for better ways to save money at the gas pump we may be overlooking the little changes we can make that will turn into big savings. You may think that you are already doing all you can to conserve your fuel and keep a reign on your gas budget but there might be a few changes you can make to squeeze out a little more savings.
Ditch the drive thru.
We all know that fast food is bad for our health but it can be bad for your gas budget as well. When you sit in your car idling in the drive thru you are wasting gas. The longer the line and the longer you sit the more gas money you’re pouring into that double shot espresso that you’re waiting so patiently for. Instead take the time to go inside it’s better for your wallet and the extra exercise is better for your waste.
It’s true that while you’re driving your attention should only be on the road but you can make sure that while you’re out driving you get as much done as possible. Instead of making separate trips to the store or the cleaners on your day off try to do these on your way home from work or stop at the store when you’re coming home from the gym. If you make an intentional effort to drive less and plan your route so you can run as many errands at once you’ll be surprised at how much extra driving you can cut out of your schedule.
Perhaps you and a friend can team up to take turns driving to the grocery store on the weekend. Maybe you work right next door to the cleaners and can pick both yours and your neighbors cleaning in exchange for them stopping picking up the gallon of milk at the grocery store that is right next to their work. Think of not only the gas you can save but the time as well.
Thinking of ways to drive less will always be the best way to beat the high prices at the pump and you just might find yourself with more friends and better health as an added benefit.