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Money Tips From Real Simple 2008-02-20 13:56:31

Six Steps to Worrying Less About Your Money: Part III

Anyone that has a car — and even those of you who don't have a tank to fill up — knows that gas prices are frustratingly high and don't show signs of budging any time soon. Real Simple lists worrying about high gas prices as number three in the March issue's feature, and has some useful recommendations for those of you who don't have a super-green method for commuting to work and running errands. To see what they are just

  • Go to GasBuddy and enter your ZIP code: It will sort out the gas stations in your area that charge the highest and lowest prices.
  • Clean out the junk in your trunk: A heavier car works harder than a lighter one and uses more gas, so take out any large items you usually keep in your trunk.
  • Check your oil, air filter, and tire pressure: A well-tuned ride can increase fuel efficiency by up to 17 percent.
  • Treat your car like your skin: Keep it sun by parking in a garage or in the shade to prevent gas from evaporating right out of the tank.
  • Buy a fuel-efficient car: When you're ready to get rid of your current car compare various fuel-efficient models.


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