Health & Wellness Articles

20 Tips to Save Money on Gas

Small Changes Can Improve Efficiency by 30%

27SHARES
With the prices at the pumps rising every day (or so it seems), we're all wondering the same thing: How can we save money on gas? Is it even possible?

Yes, of course you can save money on gas. These tips won't bring down the cost of gas, but they will help you use less gas, which in turn will save you money. Following the tips below can improve the efficiency of your car by up to 30 percent, according to drivers who've adapted such tactics! A bonus is that many of these tips will also help you help the environment. Go green while saving some green!

1. Combine trips. If you know you're going across town for soccer practice, stop by any stores you might need to visit in that area. Try to group errands geographically.

2. Downsize. Unless you need an SUV, minivan or full-size truck, then trade it in for a more efficient model. Want to save even more money? Switch to a hybrid (the prices have dropped in the last few years) or learn to drive a motorcycle or scooter.

3. Reduce your commute. Move closer to work if possible, work from home a day or two a week, or get a job in your neighborhood.

4. Don't wait for a holiday. Gas prices rise whenever more people travel, such as around the holidays. Fill up at least three days before a holiday.

5. Fill up mid week, in the morning. Wednesday is the cheapest day of the week to fill your tank. The weekends are the most expensive. Gas stations change their prices midmorning, so head to the pumps before you go to the office.

6. Park it. Park once, in the first spot you see. Unless you can't walk, park as soon as you find a spot instead of driving around to find one that's close. Also, if you're going to make several stops in the area, leave your car parked and drop off packages between stops, if need be. You can squeeze in a bit of exercise while you shop!

7. Charge it! Get a gas credit card that offers you savings. If your card is specific to one company, make sure those gas stations are located in the areas where you typically drive. You won't save money if you drive across town to get gas! (Just be sure to pay off the card in full each month so you don't get hit with finance charges.)
Continued ›
Page 1 of 3   Next Page ›
27SHARES

Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

More Great Features

About The Author

Stepfanie Romine Stepfanie Romine
A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.

Member Comments

  • Don't let the car go under 1/4 tank before you fill up if you can. My cousin is a mechanic and he told me that on newer cars the sensors can be damaged if you allow the car to run too low on gas too often. Also in the summer running your car under 1/4 tank will more likely lead to vapor lock which can be expensive to repair depending on your vehicle. - 1/25/2011 1:29:44 PM
  • I take a vanpool to work on my 4 work days. I pay about $12 a month! and don't have to fill up my tank often at all.

    I do utilize a gas card (Mobile) and it is great to see the cash rewards add up.

    I don't agree with #9 though. I learnd from my self defense professor in college, that you should never let your tank get below 1/4 a tank - especially for women - if you are being followed, you need to have enough gas to get away. - 6/3/2010 11:18:55 AM
  • In re: "10. Don't top off. When filling up, use the automatic "stop" function on the pump. When it stops, don't pump out a few extra cents worth of gas by hand. That gas evaporates (talk about a waste of money) and is bad for the environment, too. "

    Where I usually fill up, I can add at least another 1.5 gallons of gas to my tank, which usually saves me from having to make an extra trip to town (waste of time and gas).

    I also question the statement that gas pumped by hand evaporates. It wouldn't do so unless it didn't go into the tank. Otherwise it would be just like all the rest of the gas pumped into the tank.
    - 11/29/2009 11:28:55 PM
  • I read where if you pump your gas slow that it would not cause as many fumes to form inside the tank and you would save on filling up with gas. I have actually tried this and it works. With gas prices high, every penny counts for me. The faster you pump, the more fumes to evaporate instead of liquid staying in the tank. Try it, it really does work. - 11/1/2009 5:34:36 PM
  • 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. - 5/2/2009 1:27:10 PM
  • I drive about 70 miles a day to and from work. I live in South Dakota so interstate speed limit is 75 mph. Now if I take interstate the whole way, my car gets about 27 mpg. If gas is about 1.75 which is what it is here, that costs me about 4.54 a day. If I take another route and go 55 on the highway and 65 on the interstate, I get 32-33 mpg, which costs me about 3.80 a day. This route is the same distance and takes me maybe 5 minutes longer. Now that may save me only about .75 a day, but it will be more savings when gas prices go up again. Saving .75 a day over a year equals about $200.
    I wish I could do more to save gas, but kinda impossible til I move closer to work in May. - 1/20/2009 3:16:36 PM
  • DEBWILBORN35
    This article seems behind the times - gas prices are going down!

    But that doesn't mean we shouldn't conserve and try to save even more. We just bought a hybrid vehicle and are doing our part to consume less gas. That will also help us pay for the car!! - 12/14/2008 12:57:08 PM
  • I used fueleconomy.gov to determine that downsizing was right for me. I had a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer EXT that I still owed $15,000 on. I sold it to CarMax in May 2008 for $14,000, and bought a new 2007 Pontiac Vibe for $16,400 (which is a rock-bottom price because 2009 models were already out). I drive 20,000 miles a year (my work commute is 70 miles/day), and the Trailblazer averaged 15 MPG, while the Vibe averages 27 MPG. At $3.50 a gallon for gas, I save over $2,000 a year in fuel, so the $1,000 I lost selling my Trailblazer will be made up next month, and after that, it's nothing but savings...Woo Hoo! Oh, and it's good for the environment :) - 10/9/2008 4:54:05 PM
  • The article is definitely correct on one thing!
    You guys really have no idea what expensive gas is!
    Try living in Britain these days lol - 9/25/2008 11:26:24 AM
  • This seems like pretty reasonable and sensible information EXCEPT the comment that driving 5 mph over 60 mph on the highway is like spending an extra 30 cents on gas. That doesn't even make sense. 30 cents compared to what base price? 30 cents on $3.50 gas is a heck of a higher percentage than 30 cents on $5 per gallon gas. I'd like to know how they arrived at that statistic. - 9/13/2008 2:19:25 PM
  • This seems like pretty reasonable and sensible information EXCEPT the comment that driving 5 mph over 60 mph on the highway is like spending an extra 30 cents on gas. That doesn't even make sense. 30 cents compared to what base price? 30 cents on $3.50 gas is a heck of a higher percentage than 30 cents on $5 per gallon gas. I'd like to know how they arrived at that statistic. - 9/13/2008 2:19:17 PM
  • This seems like pretty reasonable and sensible information EXCEPT the comment that driving 5 mph over 60 mph on the highway is like spending an extra 30 cents on gas. That doesn't even make sense. 30 cents compared to what base price? 30 cents on $3.50 gas is a heck of a higher percentage than 30 cents on $5 per gallon gas. I'd like to know how they arrived at that statistic. - 9/13/2008 2:18:50 PM
  • BUFFLER
    I drive an old SUV ('93 Toyata 4Runner- diesel) that gets horrible gas mileage. It costs about $70/tank and I fill up 2-3 times a month. I'm single with no kids and live about 3.5 miles from work so most of my trips are just me and sometimes my dog. I figured that if I could save one tank of gas a month during the summer and fall, it would only take a couple of months to equal the $400 I spent on a bike. It is not really feasable to carry a week's worth of groceries on my bike but I ride to work and back. Plus, it adds 30 minutes or cardio to my day. The dog rides in my CamelBak:) - 8/16/2008 8:41:13 AM
  • JANEMITCHELL1
    Save gas, the environment, and your health by taking the bus, biking or walking. When I take the bus, I lose weight because there is always a little walking involved. Bike or walk to close destinations. If your destination is within a few blocks, why are you taking the car? - 8/2/2008 10:19:51 PM
  • JANEMITCHELL1
    Save gas, the environment, and your health by taking the bus, biking or walking. When I take the bus, I lose weight because there is always a little walking involved. Bike or walk to close destinations. If your destination is within a few blocks, why are you taking the car? - 8/2/2008 10:18:14 PM

x Lose 10 Pounds by January 8! Get a FREE Personalized Plan