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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Gas $$ Saving Tip #3

I don’t know why this tip is so hard for me to follow, but it is! Today’s tip is combine trips. In other words, don’t:
  • Go to work
  • Go home
  • Go to the bank
  • Go home
  • Go to your child’s ballgame
  • Go home
  • Go to Subway
  • Go home
  • Go get groceries

  • Etc………

I live in a very small town, so those trips don’t add up a lot. But, if I do similar things two or three times each week, the extra driving (not to mention, starting and stopping the engine) will quickly add extra miles to my driving. And extra miles means extra gas! It’s better—and more timely—to take 10 or 15 minutes in the morning to plan out your day, making a list of all the places you need to be. It’s also worth an extra minute to plan the best route to those places, so you don’t backtrack. This is especially true if you live in a mid-sized to large city.

Just think, if you combined trips and it saved you an average of 3 miles per day, that’s over 1000 miles a year. If you get 20 miles per gallon, that’s 50 gallons of gas. If gas is $3 a gallon, you just saved yourself $150. Could you not retire a small personal loan or medical bill with that money?

--Adam