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Gas Saving Tips for Frugal Fuel-Consumption

Trouble is brewing in the Middle East, and gas prices are showing the turmoil. There’s plenty of ways to get the most from your gas dollar. Following these ten Frugal Fuel-Consumption Tips will help keep you from leaving the gas pump with a half-empty tank.

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  1. Use Your Smart Phone 

There are plenty of money-saving apps dedicated to trimming everyday expenses, some of which include travel costs. The GasBuddy app will coordinate your location with the best gas prices in your area. Another app worth test driving is CheapGas, which provides precise directions to the nearest and least expensive gas station.

  1. Shop Online 

According to a recent study by Carnegie Melon’s Green Institute, shopping online saves an average of 35-percent in gas consumption. Next time you’re seeking a new pair of trousers, shop online to cut down on fuel costs. Those who prefer to avoid delivery charges can find plenty of free shipping coupons at sites like or, which offer deals for favorite stores like JCPenney, Verizon, Home Depot & DELL.

  1. Lay-off the Lead Foot

We know everyone is in a hurry, but zipping through traffic is anything but gas efficient. Stick to the speed limit and remember speeds exceeding 40 mph force your vehicle to overcome forceful wind resistance, thus consuming fuel faster. Keep an eye on your odometer for maximum fuel efficiency.

  1. Leave Rapid Starts to the Jack Rabbits

Do you race away from stop lights at the speed of Br’er Rabbit? You’re wasting a lot of gas just to reach the next stop light a second faster.

  1. Coordinate Carpools 

Carpooling simply makes sense — or is it cents? Use the Carpicipate app to locate like-minded neighbors or community members interested in sharing rides.

  1. Be Loyal to Your Reward Card

Grocery stores like King Soopers offer up to 10-cents off per gallon for buying groceries and filling up at their tanks. Some stores offer an additional saving if you pay cash when combined with your reward card. Just make sure you save your cashier’s receipt to get the full savings.

  1. Buy Discount Gas Gift Cards

Did you know you don’t have to pay full price for a gift card? Sites like offer a diverse selection of discount gas gift cards from various card vendors. Run out of cash on your card? GiftCardGranny offers an alert on newly available discount gift cards, so you’ll be notified everytime there’s a new card available.

  1. Fuel Up at Warehouse Pumps 

Filling up at your local warehouse club can save you anywhere from five to 10 cents on fuel compared to surrounding gas stations.

  1. Give Generic a Go 

Just like pantry staples and other generics, buying “off-brand” gas gets your car from place to place in the same shape as fuel from name-brand stations. In fact, it’s often the same gas, yet the price can differ by about 20 cents a gallon.

  1. Use Low Octane 

According to NPR’s Car Talk, using a higher octane gas when your car doesn’t need it is worthless. Check your vehicle’s manual to determine how low you can go.

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