About those gas prices…

With the price of gas so high, you’ve probably seen a few hundred articles on how to save it. The frugal among us have known for years that you don’t gun the engine just so you can slam on the brakes at the next stop light, and you don’t drive unnecessarily, and you don’t drive around with the car (or truck) loaded with things you’re not using or transporting from here to there. That just makes good sense.

But now it’s getting serious. The price of gas keeps… well, I was going to say “crawling,” but it’s more like leaping upwards. This upward bounding might slow down and even stop, (we can dream) but the chance of the price going back down, at least to any appreciable amount, is pretty small.

So… we’re stuck with high and higher gas prices. Is there any reasonable thing we can do to help our fuel budgets? “Reasonable” may be in the eye of the doer, but there are definitely things we can do to cut back how much we’re spending for transportation.

Try these out:

Walk. Yes, your own two feet can take you places you might never have thought about. To the store, even to the neighbor’s a mile away. To the park and home again. To work, to school, to church, to the other side of town. You’ll see a lot more and enjoy the trip.

Bike. As in bicycle, moped, motorcycle, scooter. Even if you opt for a gasoline engine, a motorbike will use a lot less than a four-wheeled vehicle. Be sure to learn the rules and get the proper licensing, then get out and go. Feel the wind in your face and the sun on your back.

Ride the bus. Or the tram, or whatever public transportation is available. It might not be so convenient as a car, but it sure isn’t so expensive to take the trip. In most places, it’s good exercise, too, getting to the bus stop and back again. Plus, you’ll meet new people. Smile. It’s good for you.

When you must go in a private vehicle, share the ride when possible.

If you can’t do that, make the trip count by running every errand you can. Think ahead to the next few days or weeks and do everything on the same trip when that’s possible.

Plan your route so you don’t run in circles or have to double back. Stick to your plan.

Stay home. If you don’t have to go anywhere, don’t. Don’t run to the store for milk one day and bread the next. Don’t decide to go to the park across town when there’s one within walking distance. Don’t drive to the post office when the mailman will pick up the mail. Just don’t.

Save gas around the house. Yes, it’s possible to mow your lawn with a reel mower and use a rake (not a gas-powered leaf blower) to clean up the leaves. Smile again – this too is good for you.

Keep your vehicles well maintained and tuned up to get the best mileage possible. Go ahead and read those other articles on saving gas, then follow the tips.

How much do you want to save? It all adds up, and it’s all ultimately under your control.

About Pat Veretto

Pat is a frugal living expert with many published articles. She lives in Colorado and maintains her own Frugal Living Blog (which we love!).

6 thoughts on “About those gas prices…

  1. can’t we all go back to the days of getting around by horse?
    Where did all the horses go?

  2. About the gas prices, the horse solution sounds great , but what about the people who can’t have a horse where they live? We all need to do our part to save gas!

  3. We live nine miles from a town and three miles from the nearest corner grocery. I have vision impairment and never drove. My husband got rid of his truck ten years ago! We do have a horse but use him for farm work and going five miles to the wood lot. The rest of the time I ride a bicycle to town or I get rides with neighbors or walk pulling a two wheeled cart to carry things. If I take a ride with neighbors I always give them money for gas. So I am helping them as well as me. My husband rides a moped with a carrier on the back. He hauls feed , one bag at a time from the local co-op. He also takes the mo-ped if he has to go to town. He seldom goes to town leaving me to take care of business. I go more than him and use a shuttle bus to travel away from our area. We no longer have a big bus line where we live in Nova Scotia. Once in the city 180 away I can travel by bus, plane or train if I wanted to visit the rest of the country. Not owning a vehicle can be inconvenient but one learns patience when you can’t jump in a car and go where you want.