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Save Money On Gas By Buying Less Gas

September 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Despite oil prices dipping on the commodities markets, gas prices remain high. While there have been fluctuations in the price of gas, the fundamentals that brought gas prices to their historic high levels remain unchanged. Increasing demand and fixed supply.

The best way to spend less money for gas is not just to improve gas mileage, but actually buy less gasoline. Public transportation divides the cost of gas across many people and trips. In addition to taking buses and trains, there are other ways to save by using less gas. [Read more →]

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Save Money, Improve Gas Mileage By Restarting Your Engine

September 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Many people have the belief that turning off your engine and re-starting it uses a lot of gas. The truth is, it doesn’t use very much, and shutting your engine is one of the best gas mileage improvements you can make.

It’s probably a myth that goes back to the days when cars were equipped with carburetors, but many drivers believe that starting up and turning off your car repeatedly is a fast way to drain your gas tank.

But because of modern fuel-injection technology, drivers actually save gas by turning off their engine than letting their car needlessly idle, says Consumer Reports Paul. [Read more →]

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Gas For Less Money Tip

August 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Gas prices took a brief dip – down to about $3.89/gallon in my neck of the woods in New York. It may drop a little further, but as mentioned in the previous post, the particulars that are keeping gas prices so high have not changed.

Gas mileage improvements are still the best way to spend less on gas. However, here’s a valuable tip to get gas for less money. [Read more →]

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Gas Prices Are Falling, But…

August 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Gas prices have been falling the last few weeks. Where I live in New York, I can now get regular for about $3.89/gallon.

The drop in gas prices has been due to the price for crude oil falling on the world market. This is wonderful for consumers – though I should add, no reason not to continue trying to improve gas mileage!

So why the “But…” in the title? Well, low gas prices are what we’re hoping for, and they have in fact lowered.

But… [Read more →]

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High Gas Prices Leave Less Money To Spend Elsewhere

August 24th, 2008 · 3 Comments

New Report Shows Impact of Fluctuating Gas Prices on Consumer Shopping and Buying Behavior

The Neilsen Company: Dramatic fluctuations in gas prices are disrupting U.S. consumer spending and expected to continue, leaving consumers with less money to spend at retail, entertainment and dining out, according to a new study by The Nielsen Company. Nielsen’s research shows that in 2007, the gas share of consumers’ weekly spending ranged from 12 to 16 percent. As gas prices continue to rise, Nielsen expects consumers’ gas share of their weekly spend to rise to 19 percent. (For all tables referenced in this release, please view Full PDF Download version of release). [Read more →]

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Higher Octane Doesn’t Mean Better Gas Mileage

August 10th, 2008 · No Comments

The oil companies have done a great job marketing high-octane gasoline. Surveys show most people believe a higher octane gas will improve their car’s performance, provide more power, improve gas mileage, and significantly lengthen the life of their automobile.

In fact, the recommended gasoline for most cars is regular octane, and in most cases, using a higher octane gasoline than your owner’s manual recommends will give you absolutely no benefit whatsoever. It certainly won’t make your car perform better, go faster, get better mileage or run cleaner. [Read more →]

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Being Kind To Your Car Improves Mileage

July 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It’s a good idea to bring your vehicle in for a full checkup before taking any long trips. You should have a mechanic check the battery, lights, brakes, fluid levels, tires and anything else that requires regular maintenance. Not only will your tuned-up car more improve gas mileage, but you’ll be safer and minimize the risk of having to make expensive repairs on the road.

Smaller is Better

If you’re renting a car, smaller is better. As an example, a midsize car such as the Chevrolet Aveo with a four-cylinder engine gets 28 mpg and costs about $46.20 to drive 500 miles. A larger, heavier eight-cylinder Jeep Grand Cherokee gets 17 mpg and costs $76.25 to travel the same distance. Drive the smaller car and you’ll save more than $30 per trip. [Read more →]

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Gas Tax Holiday – Relief or Red Herring?

July 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Are gas prices going to rise? Almost certainly. Why are gas prices so high, and what can we do about it? Is the proposed “Gas Tax Holiday” an answer to high gas prices? Depends who you ask.

Both Senator John McCain and Senator Hillary Clinton had proposed a “Gas Tax Holiday”, suspending the federal excise tax on gasoline between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2008.

But what exactly does that mean? [Read more →]

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Nifty Gas Price Calculator Software

July 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Gas Price CalculatorWith gas prices going up so often there’s sometimes a 50 cent difference between stations across town, I’ll get a call from a friend saying “Hey I just found a station selling regular for $x.xx per gallon” or whatever it is.

Have you ever wondered if it’s actually worth driving across town for a lower price per gallon on gasoline? Whether it’s worth driving a few extra miles to save a few cents per gallon?

“Gas Calc” is a software program that will tell you exactly that! [Read more →]

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What Can We Do About Gas Prices?

July 11th, 2008 · No Comments

What can we do about gas prices? It seems as though they go up every week. In fact, many weeks they do!

Why are gas prices so high? The answer to that question gives the answer to the first question: supply & demand. Supply – the amount of oil we pull from the ground, and the amount we refine into gasoline – remains fairly constant. But demand is growing at an alarming rate.

Here is the short and long answer of why gas prices are so high: [Read more →]

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