8 ways to spend less on gas

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

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Jun 3, 2014 8:51PM
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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
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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 8, 2014 9:27AM
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Vote Bush out of office because he is causing all the high gas prices with his oil buddies! Oh Yea! He is out of office. Why aren't we hearing the same about Obama as we always heard about Bush? When Obama got in office gas was about $1.85 a gallon! I guess we got some of that CHANGE he promised! 
Jun 4, 2014 9:52AM
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The point about not using the AC is bogus.  What you save in not using the AC you lose with the added drag of driving with your windows open.

A better point would have been to "coast."  As in, when you approach a stop/turn, take your foot off of the gas and let your speed reduce naturally.  (Obviously doesn't work in high traffic situations)  Your gas mileage will greatly increase if you do this instead of having your foot on the gas to keep the car at 45 mph and then immediately braking to slow down.  

Using 'Cruise Control' is another way to increase your MPG.  
Jun 3, 2014 11:17PM
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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
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#1 Vote out lying POS Democrats in November

#2 - #8 Same as #1

Jun 4, 2014 9:02AM
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With Obozo in the White House many can't afford a car or gas, with no jobs, but don't worry Obozo and Moochell will still vacation around the globe on our tax dollars. Then what money is left he will give it away to some foreign country.
Jun 3, 2014 7:23PM
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Seriously?? These might save a cent or two per gallon, but that's basically it. 
Jun 4, 2014 12:24AM
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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 4, 2014 9:25AM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Siphon from neighbors during overnight hours.
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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
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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 1:40PM
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Obama should be put in jail for knowingly lying about dead ambassadors
Now he is praising Allah with deserters at the whitehouse
Never vote for democrats
Jun 4, 2014 10:36AM
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Just buy less gas. Why didn't you think of that first, ya dingus?
Jun 4, 2014 10:49AM
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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.

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