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Can you lower your car gas bill? Take our poll and win $50!

submitted on March 26, 2011 by YanBz in "Member's Lounge", last updated on March 28, 2011 by YanBz
Are fuel costs driving you insane? Do you think you could do more to save on gas? Read our last blog post (link below) for some easy money saving tips.

http://www.buxr.com/blog/2011/.....nd-win-50/

Take the poll below to find how good you are at saving on gas compared to other Buxr-ites. The poll will close on Monday, April 4, 2011, when we will pick a random participant and award $50 cash prize to the winner.

Do you have a favorite tip to share? Please let everyone know in the comments!

This Poll is Closed


1. When you fill up
  • Do you shop around for cheapest gas price in your area?
  • 74%
  • Do you fill in the morning when the gas has highest density?
  • 29%
  • Do you avoid paying credit card interest on your gas purchases?
  • 68%
  • Do you buy the gas grade recommended for your car?
  • 56%
  • Do you ignore the ads by oil companies about how special their brand is?
  • 65%
    2. When you drive
  • Do you try to avoid sudden accelerations and stops?
  • 69%
  • Do you use cruise control during long stretches of your trip?
  • 59%
  • Do you use neutral gear when you stop or have a long down hill?
  • 14%
  • Do you stick to 55 miles per hour (most fuel efficient speed) on a highway?
  • 23%
  • Do you turn your air conditioner off to save on fuel?
  • 52%
  • Do you park in a shade whenever you can?
  • 61%
    3. Planning your trip
  • Do you combine multiple errands to the same area into one trip?
  • 89%
  • Do you carpool?
  • 24%
  • Do you take public transportation whenever you can?
  • 10%
  • Do you ride a bycicle for short trips?
  • 9%
  • Do you turn off the engine if you know you'll be idling longer than 30 seconds?
  • 31%
  • Do you avoid heavy traffic by following alternative routes?
  • 58%
  • Do you telecommute so you can save on gas?
  • 21%
    4. Car maintenance
  • Do you change oil every 5000 miles (or as recommended by your car manual)?
  • 85%
  • Do you avoid buying oil additives?
  • 50%
  • Do you check your tires pressure regularly?
  • 67%
  • Do you maintain proper wheel alignment?
  • 53%
  • Does your trunk typically have spare tire, jack, first aid kit and no junk?
  • 52%
    Total: 114 votes

         

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    • 109019
      ChristieStruck
      learner
      Posted by ChristieStruck on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 4 0
      I also stay home as much as possible--usually about 4 days a week, I'm home! (I don't spend money or use gas when I'm at home, so I save both ways!)
    • 109020
      g. kaeter
      guest
      Posted by g. kaeter on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      While driving my 99 GMC 5.3L pickup I only drive 63 mph and when towing I only drive 55 mph. On our 1999 Olds Delta 88- 3800 we drive highway speed but acquire 28 mpg without much effort.
    • 109021
      alonso2904
      learner
      Posted by alonso2904 on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 5 0
      I try to combine errands.
    • 109022
      DebsFreebies
      professor
      2
      10 5 1
      Posted by DebsFreebies on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I wait until I know I've got to go someplace, then plan my trip accordingly, stopping at the places I need to go on the right hand side of the road, then on the way back, I hit those. Sounds silly, I guess.
    • 109023
      midget
      professor
      5 3 2
      10 6 2
      Posted by midget on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I try to arrange errands so I can do multiple things in one day.
    • 109024
      roxytang
      professor
      2
      10 7 2
      Posted by roxytang on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 5 0
      I try to avoid getting on the road when I know traffic will be the heaviest.
    • 109026
      afwife05
      learner
      Posted by afwife05 on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 7 0
      Avoid filling gas tank to top. Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank. Never fill gas tank past the first "click" of fuel nozzle, if nozzle is automatic.
    • 109027
      anneohirsch
      learner
      Posted by anneohirsch on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 6 0
      As soon as a light up ahead turns red I shift into neutral (I drive a manual transmission) and roll to the light so I don't use anymore gas to get there and don't have to brake as hard either.
    • 109029
      orangearrows
      professor
      2 3
      7 1 1
      Posted by orangearrows on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 5 0
      Parking in shade saves gas?I gotta think about it next time I park.
    • 109033
      lootango
      professor
      11 9 1
      Posted by lootango on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 5 0
      I've been trying to drive slower. I keep my foot off the accelorator if I see a red light ahead and just cruise... it's slow moving but I've noticed that by the time I get to said light, it's green and I never had to stop. It seems to be helping me fill up less often.
    • 109041
      Crafty
      guest
      Posted by Crafty on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      If you have a Walmart with a gas station near you this is my trick. They will give you a 3 cent discount per gallon if you use their credit card OR a Walmart Gift Card. I go shopping and get card with how much gas I want. I go outside and drive right over to the station and get my discount.

      Kroger Service Stations will give you a 3 cent discount with a loyalty card and more when you spend $100 in a physical month.
        109045
      • HouTex
        admin
        Posted by HouTex on March 28, 2011
        [reply] 3 0
        The discount at Kroger and affiliates is 10 cents a gallon, up to 35 gallons in a fill-up for each $100 you spend! Helps a lot if you shop there anyway. (we do)
        Here are details - http://www.kroger.com/in_store.....wards.aspx

        You can also earn points toward fuel discounts with prescriptions and gift card purchases.
        The program may have different benefits in select cities - http://www.kroger.com/in_store.....fault.aspx
      • 109124
      • clover
        professor
        1 6 7
        12 11 2
        Posted by clover on March 28, 2011
        [reply] 1 0
        There is a gas station by the Walmart Neighborhood Market by me. I have been known to go in to the store and purchase a Walmart gift card to get the discount out at the pump. I am frugal! I forgot to put that on the "FRUGAL" discussion.
    • 109047
      rbee3
      learner
      Posted by rbee3 on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 6 0
      ditto on the discount from kroger and sams club...
    • 109054
      tiny2009
      master
      9 3 1
      Posted by tiny2009 on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 5 0
      I try not to drive when traffic is the heaviest and use cruise control as much as I can.
    • 109059
      laurenbayles
      learner
      Posted by laurenbayles on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 6 0
      I drive as little as possible!
    • 109062
      dlr143
      learner
      Posted by dlr143 on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 5 0
      My husband's job allows him to telecommute, thank God. Telecommuting is a significant savings for us. We also make an effort to reduce our trips out and consolidate errands. Additionally,Costco offers discounted prices on gas. We live on the Washington/Idaho border, driving over the border to Idaho, we have found the gas to be a bargain compared to Washington prices.
    • 109066
      holly_young_2225
      learner
      Posted by holly_young_2225 on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 6 0
      I buy a few days worth of groceries at a time to save gas so I don't have to drive every day.
    • 109068
      pbb48
      guest
      Posted by pbb48 on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      I try and shop and run errands to and from work to save on trips into town.
    • 109069
      sunninjimmy
      learner
      Posted by sunninjimmy on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 5 0
      I compare shop online and plan my shopping trip accordingly so I'm only making 1 trip. and Walmart will pricematch so I put the other circulars on my cellphone so that I can show them at the checkout and can get all or most of the items all at Walmart. I also do a lot of shopping online on great deals.
    • 109072
      psplove
      professor
      3 1 6
      11 9 2
      Posted by psplove on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I changed oil every 3000 miles and shop around for cheapest gas price in my area, Thanks for the info..
    • 109084
      sandyshore
      professor
      2 1
      12 8 1
      Posted by sandyshore on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I've been driving less, I only run errands once a week anymore. Combining errands is good but I've found if I plan it right I can do all errands at one time, once a week eliminating the extra trips where I not only use more gas but always find something else I think I need to buy.
    • 109112
      lora1961
      learner
      Posted by lora1961 on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 4 0
      I never drive over 55 unless I have to, like on the interstate. Still then I try to stay around 65 in the right lane. I've been called a "granny' driver all my life, but I've never had a ticket or an acident. Been driving since I was 13, I'll be 50 this year.
        109122
      • clover
        professor
        1 6 7
        12 11 2
        Posted by clover on March 28, 2011
        [reply] 1 0
        Lora! 50 is young!!! Big Grin
    • 109127
      gimmiefreebies
      learner
      1
      Posted by gimmiefreebies on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      I've been taking public transportation for nearly 15 years. And, I telecommute 4x a week. Yay!
    • 109129
      lynne
      guest
      Posted by lynne on March 28, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      I always try to get my gas early in the morning and with the way it has gone up I combine errands and plan to be more efficient. And,yes,the days of just going for a ride are over for now at least.
    • 109140
      fleurette
      learner
      2
      Posted by fleurette on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      I use a PenFed VISA card with 5% rebate on purchase of fuel.
    • 109150
      deathbynosleep
      teacher
      7 1 1
      Posted by deathbynosleep on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      Go into work early to most stop and go traffic.
    • 109152
      mom2anutball
      learner
      Posted by mom2anutball on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I avoid stop and go traffic and combine trips when possible.
    • 109158
      honesta
      master
      Posted by honesta on March 28, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      good tips
    • 109170
      Kim M
      guest
      Posted by Kim M on March 29, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I do all my errands on one day and fill up in the morning it late evening.
    • 109202
      orangearrows
      professor
      2 3
      7 1 1
      Posted by orangearrows on March 29, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      Buxr participation sure has increased Big Grin
    • 109297
      vectra5
      professor
      3 1 1
      Posted by vectra5 on March 29, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      When it's cold out...I take it easy on a gas pedal.. I think the engine eats more fuel when its cold..
    • 109318
      Beth
      guest
      Posted by Beth on March 29, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      Errands in one day, when I have to go to Doctots 45 minutes away, there is 4 of us that go at the same time, Early morin appt 4 Doctors same building. Big Grin
    • 109329
      arzkar
      professor
      3
      Posted by arzkar on March 29, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I think all these tips going to help Smile Thanks...
    • 109454
      buckel248
      beginner
      Posted by buckel248 on March 30, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      When you get in your car, put on your seatbelt, adjust your mirrors, get everything set, THEN start your car. Every minute you are not moving while the car is running you are getting 0 mpg. Try to anticipate red lights so you don't have to come to a complete stop (an object in motion tends to stay in motion). Coast in nuetral whenever it is safe. I wrote an article along time ago for CSB. You could reprint it if you like.
    • 109455
      buckel248
      beginner
      Posted by buckel248 on March 30, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      P.S. That filling up in the morning thing is a myth. The temperature at which the gas is stored stays fairly consistent, so the only advantage to filling up in the AM is that they probably haven't bumped the prices up yet that day.
    • 109521
      pammcreynolds
      learner
      Posted by pammcreynolds on March 31, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      Loved this post!!! Thanks!!!
    • 110029
      thesweeter11
      learner
      Posted by thesweeter11 on April 2, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      I walk as much as possible
    • 110034
      mooncow728
      professor
      1 1
      12 6 1
      Posted by mooncow728 on April 2, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      Wow 94 votes right now and still a few days left!
    • 110038
      azgirl4
      learner
      Posted by azgirl4 on April 2, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      The thing we do all the time to save gas is to combine all our errands.
    • 110074
      lexx575
      apprentice
      Posted by lexx575 on April 3, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      Use a bike
    • 110092
      SheebaGirl
      learner
      1
      Posted by SheebaGirl on April 3, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I shop at Kroger and rack up on fuel points. I have saved as much as .30 cents on a gallon. I usually fill up when I can get the best price. I also stay home and do several errands on one trip.
    • 110151
      jenn42240
      learner
      Posted by jenn42240 on April 4, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I walk to work when I can do so since I only live down the street from where I work. This is a great way to save money on gas. thanks for the chance to win prizes.
    • 110202
      CouponNut
      deity
      23 14 8
      12 10 2
      Posted by CouponNut on April 4, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Since I drive from freeway to freeway to get to work, I arrive at work extra early and leave extra early to beat the rush hour traffic coming & going and am able to do all my shopping along the route home without going out of my way to save on fuel. Smile
    • 110213
      pablos17
      deity
      2 4 6
      10 8 2
      Posted by pablos17 on April 4, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      I usually walk to work, but with the recent hike in gas prices I often "borrow" the closest beer truck and drive in to work. That way I can start the day off getting tanked. Artistic

      Just kidding. I carpool with a couple of co-workers which saves on parking garage expenses too. I also drive a small manual transmission civic, keep it tuned up and keep the tires properly inflated. I know the route that I take very well and have the lights timed almost perfectly and rarely have to stop.
    • 110297
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on April 5, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      I just ran the random number generator at random.org and the winner of $50 cache prize is gimmiefreebies who were #69 to take the poll. Congratulations and thanks to everyone!
        110306
      • pablos17
        deity
        2 4 6
        10 8 2
        Posted by pablos17 on April 5, 2011
        [reply] 2 0
        Congrats Gimmiefreebies!
      • 110380
      • sandyshore
        professor
        2 1
        12 8 1
        Posted by sandyshore on April 5, 2011
        [reply] 1 0
        Congrats Gimmiefreebies!

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