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    I don't drive nearly as much as I used to. Now I only go out for necessities or carpool with my evil twin sinister for a few things.



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    I was on Empty last night and I did not have my debit card with me, I stopped to get gas and put in $10 worth. Ha, that's almost a joke. I actually got 3.013 gallons.

    At the risk of sounding my my parents and grandparents, I can remember when $10 actually FILLED my car up.
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    Me thinks my economic stimulus rebate check is probably going to be spent on gas.

    Here's some suggestions to help save on gas.


    Five-Ways-to-Save-Gas-Money: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance


    Five Ways to Save Gas Money
    by Stacy Rapacon
    Thursday, April 10, 2008

    It seems every day, gas pump prices hit another record high. The latest record national average for regular unleaded, as of April 9, was $3.34 per gallon, up 20% (or 55 cents) over the past year.

    Prices are expected to top the $4 mark this summer. But don't let $80.00 fill-ups pump the fun out of your warm, sunny days. Here are five ways to score solid savings when you pull into the service station.


    1. Find the Lowest Gas Prices

    Search GasBuddy.com or GasPriceWatch.com by zip code or city and state to get the lowest prices in your area.

    GasBuddy links you to 181 local websites, each focused on a U.S. state, metro area, Canadian province or city. For example, search for Piscataway, N.J. on GasBuddy.com and get sent to NewJerseyGasPrices.com, where results reveal a price range from $3.01 to $3.23 within that area. (The Garden State sports the lowest prices on average, coming in at $3.07 versus the national high in California at $3.75.)

    Prices are updated constantly and are dropped from the site after 72 hours -- it's assumed spotters will have updated information by then. And with the site's 124 million registered users keeping an eye out for you, you're bound to benefit.

    GasPriceWatch.com hosts data from only about 162,000 volunteer tipsters. But it collects pricing info directly from fuel providers and gas station companies. By Memorial Day weekend, the site plans to roll out a Certified Pricing Program, which will guarantee you a specific price if you get to the station within one hour of seeing it on the site. Additionally, it offers a tool called MyPage that allows you to track prices at specific stations along your regular routes.

    Both sites include prices from Costco and other big-box retailers that sell gasoline to customers at discounted prices. Brad Proctor, founder of GasPriceWatch.com, says Midwest retail supercenter Meijer is particularly "proactive about gas."

    It provides text message alerts to customers' cell phones when gas prices are expected to rise -- promising to not raise Meijer prices until after 1:30pm. Proctor recently received one such alert when prices jumped one morning in Dayton, Ohio, to $3.25 from $3.03. He drove the extra block to Meijer and saved 22 cents per gallon.

    2. Target the Best Time of Day to Buy Gas

    The best time of day to fill up your tank is before dawn or late at night, when the sun and traffic volume are both down. Stations usually will raise prices during the day, especially for rush hour.

    In some cities -- like Detroit, Minneapolis, and Toledo -- "Wednesdays are the best day of the week for cheap gas prices," says Jason Toews, co-founder of GasBuddy.com. "Stations tend to raise prices on the weekends and especially during the summer."

    Also, don't wait until your gas gauge drops down to "E." Toews says it's not good for your car's fuel injection system. Better to fill 'er up when the gauge indicates a quarter-full tank. Thinking about a refill at that point leaves you some time to shop around for the best gas price. Proctor figures: "You'll see that cheaper price a day after you had to fill up, and it's like watching the ball rolling just off your pick on the roulette wheel."

    Finally, check that the price on the pump matches what is on the sign. And be sure that the gas pump starts at the $0 mark.


    3. Improve Your Car's Gas Mileage

    High speeds, quick starts, and squealing stops burn more gas and money. In his own test, Toews found that he could save 15% by driving 62 mph on the open highway rather than 75 mph. Using cruise control can save you even more. Smoother rides, with less pedal pushing, can save up to 37% in fuel economy, according to Edmunds.com.

    Idling cars are the devil's Big Gulp... One minute of idling burns the same amount of gas it takes to start the engine. Also, consider a GPS system: It'll provide the fastest, most efficient route to your destination, which can save you money. It beats getting lost.

    And why drive if you don't have to? When your destination is too far to just walk, try public transportation or find a carpool. Many employers offer subsidies for train or bus fares. And websites like ERideShare.com or CarPoolConnect.com make it easy to find wheels.

    4. Keep Your Car in Healthy Shape

    Toews says that proper maintenance of air filters, spark plugs, and fluid levels is best for your car and wallet.

    Proper tire pressure is very important for good fuel economy, according to Proctor. Every pound-per-inch under the manufacturer's recommendation for your tires loses you one mile per gallon per fill-up. He suggests implementing your car’s trip computer to track your mpg. "If there's a drop in mpg and you've kept the same driving habits," he says, "the first thing to look at is your tires."

    Large loads impact cars much like mules or horses -- weighing the vehicle down and making it harder to speed up. Trim the excess luggage from your car, like those golf clubs in the winter and those snow tires in the summer.

    5. Get a Gas Rewards Card

    Carrying the right credit card can earn you rebates on gas purchases. One of the most popular rewards cards found using our credit card tool is the Citi Dividend Platinum Select MasterCard. Swiping this card at your gas station earns you 5% cash back, as well as 1% on all other purchases.

    Summer vacation? Check out BedandBreakfast.com for free gas promotions. For example, you can stay at the Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport, Maine and get $25 in gas money for a two-night stay, or $50 for three nights. If you’d prefer the opposite coast, you can park it at Cliff Crest Bed and Breakfast in Santa Cruz, Calif. For a two night stay, get $25 knocked off your final bill—then walk to the many nearby attractions. Both deals are restricted to Sunday through Thursday and expire in August 2008.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;2932877;
    I was on Empty last night and I did not have my debit card with me, I stopped to get gas and put in $10 worth. Ha, that's almost a joke. I actually got 3.013 gallons.

    At the risk of sounding my my parents and grandparents, I can remember when $10 actually FILLED my car up.
    3 gallons. What a joke. $10.00 used to fill the cars AND we got free dishes.

    I remember a gas station down the street from me selling gas normally for 25.9, and having a run on occaision when they had it on sale for 10.9.....

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    2 weeks ago I told mr buglover my gas mileage had dropped dramatically. I normally got 325 miles to a tank and it was on empty by 290. He checked the tire pressure and all of them had different pressures. He filled them to the same pressure and my mileage had gone way up! Simple thing I know but it made a huge difference!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabriel;2932940;
    3 gallons. What a joke. $10.00 used to fill the cars AND we got free dishes.

    I remember a gas station down the street from me selling gas normally for 25.9, and having a run on occaision when they had it on sale for 10.9.....
    Ah the days of the gas wars. I remember them vaguely.

    I miss full serve. I want gas, a check under the hood AND my windshield washed all while I sit on my fat butt in the car!

    For what we're paying now, they should be driving me to the gas station AND giving me free dishes!

    When I first started driving I was the only one of my friends with a license AND a car. They routinely chipped in CHANGE to help me put gas in the car. Gas was 55 cents a gallon then and a handful of change would get me and friends just about anywhere we wanted to go.
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    We've been holding steady at 1.23/L for a few weeks now. =/ It's terrible.

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    $3.40 here in North Alabama....I drive about 50 miles a day roundtrip to take my son to school, go to work, go pick him up and us go back home....God help us when he starts baseball because that's another 30 miles roundtrip! I drive a 4Runner so it likes to drink the gas.......

    I agree with mrd...between gas and groceries, its ridiculous!
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    No doubt! When the heck did milk get so expensive? It's almost $5 a gallon now! Thank goodness my car needs gas more than my son drinks milk.
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    I posted on Friday here (#450) about our gas prices. Tonight on our way home from shopping and dinner, one gas station that was $3.55 on Friday is now up to $3.61!!!

    Next weekend, we will be going to visit my sis in NJ, I think I will just fill my car up to half-tank here. Then fill it all the way up in NJ, where it is the cheapest and they only do full serve! Of course, I will use half of that tank to get home, but still I will feel a bit better for not spending as much as it is up here.

    (I remember back in the early 70s when I could get gas at the "cheap" gas station, and I paid 17 or 19 cents a gallon! The better stations were charging 23-27 cents a gallon. Think back then, it was still full service, not self-serve.)

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