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How to Save Money on Gas (Guaranteed) – 2019

How to Save Money on Gas (Guaranteed) – 2019

I’m no gas guru. But I can teach you a thing or two about how to save money on gas.

The thing I wanted to help you out on this time is saving money at the pump.

The majority of us drive to and from work. This costs gas, which costs money.

Saving gas at the pump would be ideal.

Although gas prices fluctuate heavily with time, supply, and demand, there are a few tips you can take advantage of to save you some cash, especially with gas prices soaring right now- or at least, at the time of this writing.

Here are a few ways you can save money on gas.

Study gas prices

Boring. I can already read your mind.

Unless you’re naturally drawn to studying the market of petrol, or you’re a stock trader, you probably don’t really care about the prices of gas.

After all, you have no control over it anyway, so why waste your time paying attention and actively doing research online, right?

Well, because it can save you money.

If you just spend a few minutes, once a week, reading some articles about what’s going on with gas prices that week and the following week, you’ll have some idea of the prices to expect.

With this knowledge, you can apply the following techniques to save you money on gas.

Sure, it’ll take you a few minutes. But those few minutes you spend will save you dozens of dollars on gas.

Basically, you’re getting paid your gas savings in exchange for your time spent studying. The more you study, the more you’ll know about gas prices.

Here are some of my favorite resources to scan through to see if gas prices are going up or down:

When prices are low, fill up

This may seem obvious, but some people will have never have thought about doing this at the gas station.

When prices are currently low, this is when you’ll want to fill up your tank to the maximum. Some people have habits of not filling up all the way, but you’ll want to take advantage of the cheap prices while you can.

In other words, get it while the gettin’s good.

I think the majority of Americans fill up to about three-quarters full at the pump or a full tank until it clicks.

However, for those who don’t, you’ll want to fill up when prices are low. This will save you money in case prices start to rise again.

Unless you can predict world events and stock prices, there’s no way of really knowing whether or not gas prices will increase and if the current price will still be there next week- or even tomorrow.

This is why it’s important to fill up your tank while you can.

When prices are high, fill only half

This is my other trick. When gas prices are super high, fill up your tank just halfway.

Why half? You’re probably thinking:

  • How can I save gas at the pump if I only fill up halfway?
  • Won’t I just end up going to the station more?

Why half?

Although I have absolutely no scientific data to pull up regarding this, I’ve found that it’s definitely worked out more times than not in my personal experience.

The reason to fill up your tank to just half when gas prices are high is because spending more money on each additional gallon of gas is painful.

If you only fill it up halfway, there are chances that gas prices have reached their peak and may drop tomorrow or next week.

If you only filled up your tank halfway, you won’t pay for a full tank at the high rate.

If you only fill it up halfway, there are chances that gas prices have reached their peak and may drop tomorrow or next week. If you only filled up your tank halfway, you won’t pay for a full tank at the high rate.

If you only fill it up halfway, there are chances that gas prices have reached their peak and may drop tomorrow or next week. If you only filled up your tank halfway, you won’t pay for a full tank at the high rate.

You’re taking a risk by filling your tank up all the way

You’ll only pay for half, enough to get you by (well, this depends on your commute) and you can fill up at the lower price.

Of course, this is hit or miss. And again, it goes back to the predicting future thing. If you just pay attention to news that may affect gas prices in the future, you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Armed with that knowledge, this tactic works a lot better.

If you don’t pay attention to the news, you really have no better chance than flipping a coin. So only do this if you plan to read some news articles about gas prices each week or so.

But honestly, spending 3 minutes to browse the web and skim over a few articles to save a good chunk of money is worth it.

Use alternate means of transportation

You probably saw this one coming.

Using alternative methods of transportation will definitely save you gas. There are so many ways to get from A to B these days, it’s ridiculous.

We have the power of hailing a cab with just a few touches on our phones these days, it’s just too convenient.

However, for those who don’t live too far away from work, you can always consider traditional transportation methods.

Ride a bike

Get your exercise in, avoid traffic, and save gas. All at once.

Did you know that there are over 1 billion bicycles around the world?

Of course, this can’t be practical for everyone. Some people have way too much distance they need to cover. Others don’t have time. And some don’t want to be biking in a business suit.

But for those who can, biking to work is often overlooked.

I’ve tried this before when I had a job close to home.

Puts you in shape

Biking was awesome because doing it for about a year got me in great shape and I literally spent less than $120 for gas that entire year. I think I filled up my gas tank maybe 3 times.

The rest of the time my car was loaned to someone else (which allowed me to actually make money on my car for once).

If you can practically bike to work, do it.

You’ll have to make some adjustments such as setting aside more time, possibly wearing clothes attuned to the weather, and not be able to carry as much stuff, but if you’re working something simple like a retail job, you really don’t need much more than your equipment and uniform.

You’ll save a ton of cash on gas and get into great shape. The cost is some convenience factor. The tradeoff is worth the cost. Definitely look into biking to work if possible for your life situation.

Taking public transportation

The bus is probably the most popular means of getting around other than a car. If You can find a connecting route with a good time, then consider it.

The bus fare is cheap, and you don’t have to drive. You can browse your phone, get some work done, or even catch some more Z’s.

The cost is adjusting your time and schedule to allow bus routes and travel times to work. But if you can and you really want to save on gas, consider it.

Also consider the places around the bus stop. Is there something you can do to be productive during that time? Is there an area with public WiFi? Rather than picturing yourself waiting for the bus, think about what else you could be doing. Working from your laptop? Getting your breakfast? Both at the same time?

The trick is to challenge conventional thinking and get outside the box.

Work from home

I’ve written about this before, and I’m writing about it again now.

Working from home is the ultimate way to save gas and keep a sustainable lifestyle at the same time. Not only does having a remote job allow you to spend zero dollars on commute, it also saves you time on top of that.

The convenience factor is like no other. No commute. No getting ready. No driving to and fro. It’s really the easiest and most convenient way to work for another company without spending a dime on gasoline.

Many companies now offer work from home positions either completely or partially. By partially, this means you can work from home for a few set days and go into the office the other few days. Either way, you save gas on your commute.

If you hate your job, consider looking into a new job. And definitely consider a remote position.

A good place to start would be to just on over to your favorite job board, and use “remote” or “work at home” for your job search keywords and see what comes up.

This could be the start of a new chapter in your life.

Rearrange your schedule

This is one that people often overlook.

If you work a job with flexible hours, meaning you can change your schedule without much consequence, consider changing it to hours where traffic is at its low point.

This will make your commute that much faster and save you cash on gas. It all adds up.

Sometimes even just dialing the shift back or forward by one hour makes a difference. If you really want to save money on gas, you’ll do it. If gas money doesn’t matter enough to you, you won’t. The choice is yours.

But consider this. Let’s say your job ends at 5PM, but you have the option of changing your schedule to end at 6PM. Or perhaps you can even stay and work for another hour (and get overtime).

Taking the 6PM would be the better choice.

Why?

Because if you leave at 5PM, you’ll just get stuck in traffic.

If you leave at 6PM, you’ll still get stuck in traffic. But less traffic for most areas.

So leaving at 5PM will cost you more gas, and the only benefit is that you’ll get home slightly faster than if you were to leave at 6PM, which would mean a faster commute and less gas money wasted. Plus you probably earned an extra hour of OT. You got paid to save money on gas.

Of course, this is just a really raw example and doesn’t apply to everyone. But you see the gist of it? You need to think like that if you want to save money on your gas.

Think it over. Think about your schedule. Think about peak hours and traffic. Can you make any adjustments to avoid peak hours?

Here’s a guide on scheduling your time.

Save money on gas. Guaranteed.

With these simple secret techniques, you’re pretty much guaranteed to save a dozen dollars here and there at the gas station.

Which one are you going to try? Do you have any to share?

Leave a comment and let me know!

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