Gas prices are up again lately. I've written a few articles about saving on gasoline over the years, seems like an opportune time to look back at them. First of all, if you're concerned about gasoline prices then please don't run out and trade in your car for a moped. A while ago I explained Why You Shouldn't Buy a Moped to Save Gas
Gas prices go up and down and up
|Gas was more 2 years ago.|
Practical and free gasoline saving tips
Saving on gas is of course a good frugal strategy. First you need to use some common sense strategies for cutting your gasoline usage. Most people can save money on gas with some simple strategies like driving slower and shopping around for cheaper gas.
I had a 4 part series on the topic of saving money on gas:
How to Save Money on Gas #1,
How to save money on gas #2 - efficient cars,
How to save on gas #3 - Dont drive to far out of your way to save a nickel on gas and
How to save on gas #4 - using GasBuddy
You can also find 17 gas saving articles from FreeMoneyFinance
Additional tips for gas savings by efficiency:
Avoid idling your car because idling your car costs about 2c per minute
Avoid devices that are supposed to save gasoline because they're all rip offs
Avoid over Priced Gasoline Stations which is really just common sense that we sometimes fail to use.
|Prices are much worse in Europe|
1.66 Euros / liter = $9 /gallon
Fuel efficient cars are a good long term bet
I don't think people should run out and buy a different car anytime that gas prices go up a bit. But driving a fuel efficient car is a generally good long term strategy to cut your gasoline costs.
Gasoline savings alone are just one factor in car shopping. Make sure you Figuring your real automotive spending and cost per mile Look for used fuel efficient car because Buying a used efficient car can save typical Americans thousands a year As an aid in shopping you can look for a list like this one Fuel efficient used cars You probably don't 'need' a big fat V8 or V6 engine. I bought a V4 engine in my Toyota and it has all the power I've ever needed. Look for a 4 cylinder engine instead of a V6 to save $ long term
Hybrids and electrics are the future
|Plug in Hybrids are coming soon|
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