This article starts the final two posts in the Transportation section of the How To Live Totally Free series. For this post I give you a step-by-step guide on how to save money fueling your vehicle. And these tips come in handy especially now since fuel prices are high not only in America but all over the world. One of the best ways to keep from going broke on buying fuel is to plan your trips to save money on gas.
Plan Your Trips To Save Money On Gas Requires You To Think Before You Drive
Here in America we equate our vehicles with freedom. You can hop into your car and truck and drive anytime you want. All you need is access to the open road and gas stations to keep the vehicle going. Yet, that mindset is not a frugal one. Because you are more likely to waste money on driving more often than you need to. So if you want to save on your transportation costs and keep your vehicle then you need to think before you drive.
How do you accomplish this? Think about all the errands you need to run. You probably need to go to the grocery store, then a big-box store to pick up household goods, and you want to stop by your friends how to visit, and so on. Well, you can divide those trips into multiple days but that requires more driving which means more gasoline usage. Instead, makes those trips in one day so you can keep from driving your vehicle the other days.
This is what I used to do and get back into the habit of doing. Right now I’m in the middle of renovating a house so I make multiple trips a week to grab parts and/or tools. Before I bought a fixer-upper I did all my shopping weekly, along with doing other tasks requiring me to drive somewhere. And I saved quite a bit of money on gas. I got to the point where I could make a tank of gas last for over two weeks because I didn’t drive that much.
Plan Your Trips To Save Money On Gas And Determine Your Probably Didn’t Want To Go There Anyway
Another reason to devise where you want to go before you jump in your car because you may discover you didn’t want to go in the first place.
I think having the ability to go wherever we want, whenever we want can cause waste. Sometimes we want to get out of the house and just go somewhere so we hop into the car or truck. Thus, we spend money on gas and then we’ll probably spend more money wherever we end up.
So what should you do instead? If you want to leave your house then take a walk around your neighborhood. It’s a good way to clear your head and get in some exercise. You can also consider calling up a friend and see how he or she is doing. Finally, you can work on a hobby, especially if you’ve neglected it for a long time.
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