8 ways to spend less on gas

Try these money-saving gas tricks when you're running close to 'E.'

 of 10
 of 10


Jun 3, 2014 8:51PM
The grocery store wanted me to get a gas card!  I could save 5 cents on the gallon of gas.  I didn't take them up on it.  The groceries at that store was considerably higher than at other stores.  Most of the time when someone has a way for you to "save" money, it is going to cost you more in some other way.
Jun 4, 2014 7:52AM

Why didn't they mention slowing down? I know this nation is filled with idiots who turn the interstates and even surface streets into Indy racing courses, but when it comes to saving gas, patience and planning pay off. Leave earlier, drive slower and you will not only save gas but also feel less stressed and more relaxed.


Jun 3, 2014 11:17PM

Eight ways to save money on gas

1. walk

2. run

3. get a ride from a friend

4. hitch hike

5. take the bus

6. ride a bike

7. ride a skate board

8. steal gas from some one

Jun 3, 2014 10:20PM

#1 Vote out lying POS Democrats in November

#2 - #8 Same as #1

Jun 4, 2014 12:24AM
I notice when gas prices jump in a short period, everyone's lined up at the cheapest station, waiting on a pump for 15 minutes to save $.10/gallon. The average cars tank is between 15 & 20 gallons, so you probably drove across town & waited on a pump for 20 minutes to save $1.50 - $2.00 on your tank of gas.  No thank you.  I'll just stop at the nearest station.
Jun 3, 2014 7:23PM
Seriously?? These might save a cent or two per gallon, but that's basically it. 
Jun 4, 2014 9:25AM
Ride a goat to work then in the evening it can eat your grass. If you are a large person you may need two goats and a cart. The only problem is, freeway speeds are generally unattainable.......
Jun 4, 2014 8:34AM
I live only 3 1/2 miles from work and take the shortest cut I know to save on gas. I combine my shopping along the same route from work. Once I get home in the evenings I stay at home and or combine all my trips to the market on weekends. Soon, I will be shopping for a car that saves more gas and when I retire next year, I will save even more.
Jun 3, 2014 10:44PM
Buy a sccoter and upgrade it with a big bore kit and you'll get about 80 MPG and all those short trips to the store will save you a ton.
Jun 3, 2014 10:05PM
We used to get gas at ARCO (cash-only gas station that is usually much cheaper than other nearby stations) ... now we usually get gas from Costco, but the local grocery store also has gas at about the same price.  They're currently doing a deal where if you use a grocery store gift card, you can get an additional 11 cents off per gallon until September.  It's kind of awesome.

Like others have said, it's only worth it if the gas station offering you a discount is actually cheaper than other gas stations.  Shell offers 5 cents off per gallon, or something, but they're like 10 cents more per gallon ... so it would be pretty stupid to jump at their deal.
Jun 8, 2014 7:10AM
There was a study done on Myth Busters that dealt with running the car with the AC on and off and if I remember, it didn't make a difference because the compressor is turning all the time anyway.  They also showed that if you leave the tailgate up on your truck it saves gas by letting the air flow over the back of the vehicle smoother.
Jun 4, 2014 12:30PM
Siphon from neighbors during overnight hours.
With some stations offering as much as a 5¢ a gallon discount for cash purchases..a person could save quite a bit over time if he / she happens to frequent one a few miles away from shopping centers  or interstate off-ramps.

Just a thought...

Jun 8, 2014 7:31PM

I'm a retired truck driver.  I used to get 7.2mpg in the same truck that used to average 5mpg with other drivers.  How?  Keep your foot off the 'loud pedal'.  Shift at lower rpm's to get into a higher gear, and accelerate at a moderate pace.  I could still run 70mph with a fully-loaded truck and still get good fuel mileage! 

So you drive a car with an automatic transmission.  The auto will shift into a higher gear if you use a light touch on the gas pedal, which saves gas!  You still get to road-speed almost as fast, but just saved fuel!

Air conditioning?  The A/C compressor uses very little engine power at cruise speed, but open windows creates a lot of drag and turbulence. 

Gasoline?  Most gas has 10% ethanol alcohol added.  Ethanol reduces your potential fuel mileage.  The more ethanol, the lower your mileage!  Ethanol raises the octane rating of the fuel, but it has less fuel energy, so you use more...  If you see a gas station with a NO ETHANOL sign, you'll probably see better gas mpg by filling up there (usually a Shell station). 

Jun 4, 2014 10:49AM

Save money at the pump? Drive a diesel!


Oh wait, you'll have to move to Europe to buy one, but then fuel costs twice as much there.


Just forget it.

Jun 3, 2014 8:48PM
In Alabama, car owners can save money on gas when their car breaks down by parking it on their own property and putting it on blocks awaiting money for reparis.  However, ORRCARE  (Arthur Orr's vision of helping the poor, apparently) requires them to keep insurance on a disabled vehicle or his law will require the state to cancel the tag and registration.  Then, the owner can buy a new tag and registration when the car is repaired.
Jun 5, 2014 10:30AM
A/C:  Opening the windows at high speeds causes resistance that will remove most of your A/C savings. (depending on the size of your car)  Try opening your vent and turn on the blower if the temp is low enough.
Jun 8, 2014 1:38PM
How about driving a fuel efficient car?  There are lots of them out there, both old and new. Just go to www.fueleconomy.gov to check out mpg of any vehicle, any year.
Jun 8, 2014 12:26PM
who  ever wrote this doesn't know much. If you use the ''cheapest gas'' your not saving money. Better gas makes better gas mileage and keeps your engine from becoming loaded with crap and you having to spend money on it down the road .
Jun 8, 2014 1:56PM
Look back at a WWII slogan,  "Is this trip necessary?"
Lots of trips could be planned better to do several things along the way.  And for that matter,  a lot of us just drive for no particularly good reason,  too.

Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?


Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.