Is It Worth the Gas Money?

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Fuel costs now factor into the decision to buy something or go somewhere. Choose wisely.

I took that picture in March. I was stunned that gas prices were so high. When I filled up this weekend, the price was the same. And I was thrilled! We’d had it in the high $4 earlier in the Fall. $3.69 seems cheap.

What a difference a few months can make to our perspective.

Nowadays, when I hear about a good deal at a store or of something that’s on my list to get, I think twice. Is it really worth the gas?

In the last week I’ve changed my mind on an outing because it just wasn’t worth the fuel cost. In fact, for the bulk of the year I’ve not gone anywhere unless I could lump several stops into one trip. We don’t go anywhere without asking if there’s some other stop we could make while we’re out.

If I had learned this habit years ago, I might have saved even more over the years. But, as they say, better late than never.

So, that’s how I saved money this week. I stayed home. Whatever thing there was to do, it just wasn’t worth the investment of the gas.

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  1. I live close to many grocery stores, so I often find myself using the car just to pick up a few items that I need for dinner. I’m still working on making sure I make only one trip every week or two, and doing without if I find I’m missing a certain ingredient.

  2. I am so with you on this. Shortly before school let out last summer I did an audit of our gasoline usage (Yes, I really went through 12 months of credit card transactions and my work calendar) to figure out ways we could cut back. LIke you I’m much more conscious of combining errands and I’ve also been trying to walk as many places as possible. My younger son started school but it’s only a half day so to keep gas consumption lower I’ve been leaving the car at school in the morning and walking home. Weather permitting, of course. My winter goal is to walk if it’s warmer than 10 degrees and not snowing. We’ll see how that holds up!

    Of course, now I’m off to run an errand 75 miles away but there’ s not much I can do about that. Boo.

  3. I hear you on the gas…but I have to share that we got it for $2.99 last night! woo-hoo! It was $2.39, and we had saved up Kroger fuel points so got 40 cents off per gallon. (Pretty sad when we’re happy to pay in the $50’s of dollars instead of upper $60’s!)

    I have a 17-year-old son who doesn’t have his own car yet. We charge him mileage for his personal use of our cars. We pay when he drives to school, church and church events, and errands for the family; I keep a spreadsheet for whenever he drives to see friends, go to movies, and go to work. He fills the tank occasionally to make up for what he owes. He takes the bus when our cars are not available to him (and we do the same procedure — I pay the fare if it’s to school, he pays if it’s to work).

    I’d be interested to know what your readers are doing to teach their kids that it costs to drive places. Our son has really been enlightened, yet he thinks we’re misers. 😉

  4. Gas is definitely a deciding factor most of the time. This week, however, I had sick kids home most of the week. I needed to get out, though the 4 year old wasn’t very cooperative. I ended up combining some errands which helped.

  5. Yes, gas is very expensive. I combine errands whenever possible, but this past week we’ve had two emergency room visits, two doctor’s visits, and a fairly important meeting as well as church and catechism. Each of those trips costs about $10 on gas. I’m just grateful for my husband’s job.