This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Gas prices seemed to increase almost daily this past week. The combination of tighter supplies by OPEC, lower U.S. inventory, high demand and the U.S. getting out of the Iran deal seems to have caused the highest gas prices since November 2014. Texas has lower gas prices than many states, but even we’re seeing some drastic increases, causing a drain on the pocketbook.
A firm that tracks gasoline prices, GasBuddy has predicted gas prices will steadily increase over the summer. Not only does this impact the transportation budget, high gas prices will also mean higher prices for other commodities especially food.
It would be worthwhile to consider what this would mean to your budget. Our city is quite spread out, and it is not unusual for residents to commute more than 50 miles per day.
Tips to save gas
Map out the gas prices in your neighborhood
In my town, we know that closer you get to downtown, the higher the gas prices tend to be. So it is best to plan ahead and gas up while you are in the suburbs or have a ways to go before heading downtown. If you are a member of Costco or Sam’s, plan on buying gas when you shop there.
Get a gas price comparison app
I use GasBuddy, but there are others such as Gas Guru, Waze or Auto Club.
Plan summer trips closer to home
Higher gas prices mean higher airfares and higher costs for your road trip. Consider planning a trip closer to home.
Fill your tank earlier in the week
I have noticed gas prices are higher the closer you get to the weekend, so I usually fill up the tank on Monday. If I don’t need gas yet, I would do a final fill up by Thursday at the latest.
Keep up the maintenance on your car
Though you might be tempted to put off that oil change or tune-up, don’t do it. Keep your tires properly inflated so you don’t waste gas. A well-running car will save you money in the long run.
Carpool or take public transportation
Most offices have a carpool or vanpool list that employees can sign up for. You can also take turns with other parents in the neighborhood for child school pick up days.
If your city has good public transportation, it might be time to consider trying it out.
Combine errands into one trip
I try to get all my errands – banking, grocery shopping, post office etc. done all at once and map out the route ahead of time.
- If you are in the market for a car, opt for a fuel-efficient car you instead of the gas guzzler.
- If your lease is up for renewal, consider moving closer to school or work locations.
- Can you negotiate with your employer to work from home a few days per week?
Being prepared doesn’t only include stocking up on supplies or learning skills. It also involves paying attention to current trends and planning accordingly. What will you cut back on to supplement the gasoline budget?
About the author:
Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.