Thursday, July 28, 2011

Saving on Gas

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Recently I decided to add up my gas expenses for the year and so far this year I’ve spent $565.51 for gasoline for my car. After the tornadoes in April I spent and additional $60 on gas to run our generator, but I am not including that in my total for this article. 

During the summer months, my income drops because I work for the school system, and do not receive a paycheck after June. 

This summer, not only have my paychecks stopped for a couple of months, but I’ve also had to make adjustments in my budget because my child support payments have fluctuated for the past four months. 

So, we’ve had to make a few adjustments this summer to make sure that our money stretches as far as possible until I go back to work next month.   

As a result of all of that, I have seen a noticeable decrease in my gas expenditures this summer due to the fact that we have stayed home more this year than in previous summers. 

With less income we have less money to spend and that keeps us at home more than it normally would. And this simple fact has proven to me that one of the best ways to save money on gas is to stay home as much as possible. 

Look at this chart of my gas expenditures for gas the last 5 months:

Total Gas Cost
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011

You can tell from the chart that my gas expenditure dropped a great deal during the summer months. For one thing, we were not driving back and forth to school every day. 

I’ve been crunching the budget numbers this morning and making sure we have enough money on hand to pay our bills and meet our needs until I go back to work. 

Other ways that to save on gas include making sure tires are properly inflated, taking advantage of grocery store gas programs, filling the car up with regular gas instead of premium, making sure the car is tuned up properly and using the right type of motor oil, and driving at consistent speeds. All of these ideas will help save money on gas. 

What are some of the ways that you save on gasoline?

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

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