In today’s economy, moms are always looking to save money any way they can. Saving money on gas is no exception. Often almost as much money is spent on gas in one month as is spent on groceries to feed a family. Here are some ways to help trim your gas budget so that you can put that money to good use elsewhere.
Gas Price Comparison Apps
If you have an iPhone or other smart phone, there are many free apps you can download that allow you to compare gas prices.
Apps such as GasBuddy list current gas prices for most of the gas stations where you live, which as you know, can change almost daily. It even allows you to update the app with current gas prices if you find a price that has not yet been listed.
Tools like this help make sure you are always paying the lowest gas prices. It is also very useful on road trips. You can list gas stations by state or zip code and still find the best gas deals while you are traveling.
Many grocery stores now offer gas rewards. For instance at Albertsons, you earn 5 cents off per gallon for every $50 in qualifying purchases using your Albertson’s Preferred Card. Many other stores offer similar savings.
If the grocery store where you shop at offers a similar savings program, then make sure you take advantage of the extra savings. All these savings add up.
Credit Card Rewards
There are also many credit cards that give you cash back for your gas and grocery shopping purchases.
While it is not normally a good idea to use credit cards, if you use them just for the purpose of getting the rewards and pay them off every month, then they are actually paying YOU to use the cards. You can’t beat that.
A lot of moms often let vehicle maintenance fall by the wayside, but keeping your vehicle properly maintained will actually get you better gas mileage in the long run.
Sticking to a regular maintenance routine is key. Get your oil changed regularly, have the air filter looked at and replaced if necessary, and make sure you always maintain correct air pressure in your tires. All these things add up and keep your vehicle running properly.
Did you know that running your vehicle’s air conditioner all the time significantly lowers your gas mileage? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the air conditioner, but rolling down the window once in awhile instead will help save on the gas bill.
Using cruise control when possible also helps improve your gas mileage. So does limiting the amount of weight you carry around in the back of your car (don’t use the trunk of your car as a storage area).
There are many things you can do to help save money on gas, and these are just a few ideas. A penny here and a penny there really adds up, so try just one idea or two so that you, too, can save on your gas bill.
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