How Much Do You Spend on a Tank of Gas?
When gas prices are all over the news and there’s talk of $5 a gallon gas, cutting back is all the rage. SUVs and pickup trucks sport for sale signs, and there’s renewed interest in public transportation.
Then gas prices go down a little (but never as to low as they once were) and we get used to the higher prices. They become the new normal, and we move on.
However, with gas prices across the U.S. currently ranging from an average price of about $2.68 to $3.49, you can still spend a small fortune filling up your tank.
Lately I’ve been spending about $25 on a tank, which is up significantly from the $10 per tank I spent as a teen. I get gas about every 3 weeks, but that’s still $450ish a year on gas. My son’s V8 truck is another story though — he spends a small fortune on gas, even though he also drives very little. Two tanks a month for him can hit $100.
The thing is, gas is one area where we can save money pretty painlessly.
Keeping your car in good shape, your tires properly inflated, and buying gas during the coolest part of the day will all save you money without the need for significant changes. So can doing simple things like not taking off like a rocket from every stop light, or taking your foot off the gas if you’re approaching a red light.
If you’re willing to put in a little bit of effort, you can save more money on gas by running errands in a circular route as opposed to going back and forth, carpooling, and taking public transportation from time to time.
You can also turn saving money on gas into a game by getting into hypermiling. What is hypermiling, you ask? Basically it’s trying to maximize fuel economy. It doesn’t have to be crazy either — some of the things simple things I mentioned earlier are common methods to use — but it can get more involved and competitive too.
Of course, you could always replace your car with a more fuel-efficient vehicle when it’s worn out, or even start using an electric bike instead.
So what about you? How much do you spend on a tank of gas? Are you using any methods to save now that gas prices are no longer splashed all over the news?