Instead of running all over town to pay bills in person, I pay by phone or online. It saves me time. Also, there's a supermarket less than 5 miles from my house so when I need to pick up less than 10 things, I put on the sneakers and pedometer, grab the green bags and off to the store I go! My gas fill ups are down to twice a month from 3!
I shop at various supermarkets depending on what is on my list so I try to make it a one-stop shopping. I also do my errands in the morning hours as traffic builds up from lunch time to evenings. Besides that, I fill up each time my tank reaches half...because sometimes you get up and hear that either tanker drivers or gas station attendants are on strike. Also I use a gas station which accepts credit cards so I can monitor my spending on gas.
In hot weather, get your gas when the day and car are both cool - early morning or late evening. Heat makes the gas expand (and move from liquid to gaseous), so you actually get less gas per gallon. Gas stations in Hawaii are calibrated to account for this change, but most other places do not.
I try to run all my errands in one outting and plan my trip so I don't spend time backtracking. We buy in bulk whenever possible to cut down on shopping trips. If I find I need something and it's not my usual shopping/errand day, I'll have my husband pick it up on his way home from work if possible. We have the Citi Driver's Edge credit card which pays rebates on gas and automobile-related purchases (6% for the first year), as well as a rebate for miles driven (a penny a mile, but it adds up). We pay the credit card off monthly.
On errand day I gather all my errands together and then determine the route that will save me the most gas. This eliminates unnecessary trips at other times during the week as I do all my errands at one time plus gives me the most economical route!!!
I have always HATED driving and the time it wastes, so 26 years ago I bought a house near the Navy Base where we do most of our activities, rather than 20 miles "out" where others went to "get away." Now that area of town is all built-up.
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