Thursday, March 25, 2010

Saving on gas

Don't know about your town, but gas prices here are on the rise again.

There are plenty of good tips for using less gas. But there still comes a time when the gas gauge drops toward "E." Then what?
Let's face it, most of us don't have any control over prices. (And if you do, I'd love to have a word with you.) But there are ways to make things a little easier on the wallet. So for the next few posts, I'm going to offer some tips to make the fill-up a bit less painful.

Today: Comparison shop
We do it with groceries, appliances and other items. Why shouldn't we do it with gas? Unless you live in a very small town, you'll usually find some variations. Recently, the station nearest my house was selling unleaded for $2.81. But six blocks to the east, it was going for $2.76 a gallon.

This doesn't mean you have to drive all over town to check prices. Just pay attention to price trends when you're out and about. Perhaps a station near your doctor's office has cheaper gas. Or maybe that station next to the drugstore undercuts the competition. If you've got an appointment, or have to fill a prescription, why not fill up when you're in the area?

Even easier, check out gasbuddy.com. This site lists gasoline prices (reported by volunteers) in just about every city in the country.
Other options: some TV and newspaper sites list prices, as do the Web sites of some gasoline companies.

2 comments:

Heather said...

Always a good idea to comparison shop, but for gas I usually just put in Shell or Chevron. EVERY time I use "cheaper" gas without fail, my car runs bad. In a pinch I put ARCO gas in a few weeks back and the car idled horribly until I filled it up again (this time with Chevron).

DW said...

Whoa ... that's certainly a problem. Hope some of the upcoming tips can work for you!