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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.


chatoyante chatoyante 9 years
agreed, Green...some companies will actually pay for bus passes, etc. Look into it, yours might too!
Green Green 9 years
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
great tips - I dont have a car.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
My car is a gas guzzler but husbands is not, so if i have to go a long distance i will usually take his car. I love my Jeep it is great for the winter and in the summer my husband uses it go surfing but i am tired of paying for the gas for it.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I have an SUV and if I don't have to drive it, I don't. I usually take the subway when I don't have to drop off my son at school. I haven't downsized to a smaller car due to that in the summer my son plays baseball and I usually drive his playmates and a few parents to the games.
sneakynikki sneakynikki 9 years
Walking to work (if it's not too far) will also lessen gas costs and is even good exercise :)
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Living 5 miles from work helps me a lot!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Haha well some poeple can't help it! My car is a gas guzzler but I cna't afford to buy another.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
Going along with the car centric list...driving the speed limit will help reduce your gas costs, and sometimes it will reduce your maintenance costs as well. My hubby read on another site that a woman lowered her gas bill 10% by just driving the speed limit.
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