Priciest Year of Gas, Plus Tips to Save on Fuel

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The Associated Press reports a typical U.S. household will spend $4,155 on gas by year’s end – the biggest budget bite in 30 years.

Gas prices may have dropped precipitously in the last few months – down an average of 12 percent at present since September – but they’re still hovering up there amidst the heavenly orbs. We can either hope Mars has plenty of “Texas tea” or start listening to consumer advice on how to save at the gas pump. Read on for eight such tips.

1. Discounts Make Cents

Take advantage of grocery store club memberships that offer fuel discounts. Not only will you save a little on each purchase, you can find priceless satisfaction in sticking it to the oil tycoons, one dime at a time.

2. Make Friends with Your SmartPhone

Though money doesn’t grow on trees, gas stations seem to and prices seem to vary among the many options. So how to find the best deal? Enter Gas Buddy, your friendly mobile fuel-price finder. Input your zip code to find the name and location of a nearby station with the cheapest gas. Thanks, buddy!

3. Use Public Transportation

If the idea of clutching the overhead rail on a public bus makes you dry heave, pop a Dramamine and shake it off. The money you’ll save in gas by busing it even a couple times a week will give you plenty of extra cash to stock up on hand sanitizer.

4. Get Rewarded for Your Fuel Use

Most credit cards offer frequent flyer miles, but if you drive more than you fly these perks aren’t as rewarding. CHASE Freedom offers 5% cash back on up to $1,500 spent at gas stations from January 1st through March 31st annually, and 1% cash back for the remainder of the year.

5. Buy Discount Gift Cards

Some sites sell gas gift cards for less than face value, which means you can save up to 10 percent off your annual fuel bill.

6. Take a Swim in Your Vehicle

Perhaps you’ve avoided carpooling because none of your coworkers take the same route. Consider some online help with CarpoolWorld.com, where you can post routes, ride requirements and even specify a non-smoking preference.

7. Lay off the Lead Foot

Speeds exceeding 60mph forces your vehicle to overcome stronger wind resistance and burns fuel faster. So ease up off that gas pedal, and also be sure tires are properly inflated for optimal fuel efficiency.

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HilLesha O'Nan resides in Southern Indiana with her husband and 3 children. She's a lifestyle blogger that enjoys photography, fashion + beauty, traveling + adventure, gardening, and interior decorating. She is also the founder of To the Motherhood, Fashion Fling, and The Beauty Counter.

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Hello! I’m HilLesha and I love photography, fashion, beauty, home improvement, traveling, cooking, and wellness. I’m a married mom of 3 (ages 2, 7, and 13) that resides in Evansville, Indiana. Additional info. Please contact me at Hillesha@gmail.com.

I’m also the founder of Fashion Fling and The Beauty Counter.

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