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So, gas in my area just hit $3.99 a gallon. I think it increased three times this week alone. What to do? I'm pulling out some of my old tricks.

1) Group errands

2) Drive the speed limit

3) Avoid starts and stops that jerk your speed. See a light is going to change red? Take you foot off the gas early, you'll use less gas and you'll use less brake pad too.

4) Using a gas loyalty program. Saving .05 (sometimes .10) each gallon without paying for a shopping club membership.

5) Setting cruise control. My commute is about 1 hour, mostly highway. I set the cruise as soon as I get on the highway and try my best to use it (safely) as far as I can. I saved 12.5% ($4 buck off on my first fill-up after switching to cruise). I'm hopefully of saving at least $40 a month using my cruise and driving the speed limit. Friday traffic makes it challenging (crazy drivers, traffic too heavy, etc.), but overall my use of cruise is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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I watched the price of regular go from $3.03 a gallon to $3.49 a gallon in about a ten-day period here in South Texas. I always use my cruise control. I drive 23 miles each way to work/home. I also drive under the speed limit to save gas, I am at work at 4:15 am, so there is rarely anybody out driving except me, so I can drive slower. I do my shopping on my way home as I must pass these businesses to get home. So I never have to go out of my way. I laugh to myself when I hear people complain that it cost them over a hundred dollars just to fill up their tank. I drive a compact vehicle, get 36 miles to the gallon, and don't let my gas tank get below the quarter tank mark.

P.S. Why is the U.S. still buying Russian Oil ?

Since I first wrote on 3-6-22, it has gone higher. the current price of gas near me is now $3.99 as of 3-9-22.

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The gas prices are insane right now. It’s over $4/gallon here. I only went out FOUR times since my last fill up and my tank is getting close to 1/4 full. Those were just errands or going to work out, and each round-trip was an hour. There is also a lot of traffic.

Those are great tips - Yes, cluster errands. Drive at a steady speed. I use the Exxon Mobil app to pay and receive rewards. I’ll have to find a place closer to home to workout.

I live quite literally across the street from work, and walk when the weather is nice. During the winter I drive the kids to school in the morning, but that is less than 5 miles round trip. I deliberately purchased my home in close proximity to my daily places, and it has been a great benefit.

I have a kid trying to get his hours in for drivers ed, and so that's a fun way to burn gas. 🙄

Gas in my area is now at least $4.69 per gallon (that is the cheapest I can find it) & as high as $6.29 per gallon. It is indeed scary times. I commute daily to work, & although I drive a smaller car (Subaru Impreza), I am most definitely feeling the squeeze. I am also trying my best to limit trips, combine errands, & drive the speed limit, etc. I am praying this madness ends soon. Mostly for the Ukrainian people, but also for the global impact it is creating. I pray that the world wakes up & realizes we are all one people & love gets us so much further, than hate & war. (I know, rose colored glasses, but I can still pray for it). Sending love & light to anyone reading this comment 💕.

Our gas in Central Florida is now $4.39 a gallon (as of 3/13). It's hard paying those prices, and at this point, it feels like corporate greed. I don't think we necessarily get a lot of gas from Russia. That being said, I try to limit my trips places, and as mentioned, go slower. That can help out a lot. I feel for the Ukrainian people, and it's hard to believe we live in such a global economy, but we do!

My Honda Civic gets pretty good gas mileage - 28.1 miles per gallon, and I'm lucky I work about 5 miles from home. I will always live close to my job now, after going through this.

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