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Friday, April 18, 2008

5 Ways to Use Less Gas

I have always tried to stay home if at all possible. Getting three little girls ready to leave home and buckling them all up is a chore, to say the least. However, with gas prices on the rise and apparently nowhere near their upper limit, I am really trying to stay home. Here are ways I conserve on gas. (These are probably nothing new to anyone, but I thought I'd share anyway.)

  1. "Run" errands online if at all possible
    • need insurance quotes? online auto insurance and homeowners' insurance quotes are only a click away
    • have bills coming due? pay them online; you can even enter the address yourself if the biller is not already in your bank's database
    • need to buy something else? shop for groceries, gifts, and even pizza online - particularly if the merchant offers delivery with your order
  2. Combine trips - instead of making 5 individual trips to town in three days, create an errand day and organize your stops into a circuit that will make the most efficient use of your time and your gas
  3. Drive with care - don't speed, don't accelerate rapidly, and try to avoid stop-and-go traffic
  4. Do without - so many things we think are necessities are really luxuries; learn how to say no to yourself and your family
  5. Carpool - if you do have to go somewhere, car pool with a friend, co-worker, or neighbor when possible (this works even better when you and your car pool buddy take turns driving your vehicles)
What are your favorite tricks for savings gas?

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