Your car can be one of your largest expenses when taking gas, insurance and a possible car payment into consideration. Thankfully there are ways to make your car frugal as well. Following some or all of these eight suggestions can help save you money behind the wheel.
Find Cheep Gas. Using the Gasbuddy.com app to find the cheapest gas prices in your area can save you quite a bit over the course of the year. As an added bonus this app is free to download!
Drive The Speed Limit. This may sound like a no brainer, but driving the speed limit will actually save you money! You may get to your destination faster by driving a little over the speed limit but it will cost you in the end.
Avoid Rush Hour Traffic. Where I come from, rush hour traffic is three Amish buggies, a tractor and two cars. However, in large metropolitan areas you can be stuck in a sea of cars for over an hour in some cases. By avoiding rush hour and the lost time you spend just idling in traffic you can easily save gas and money. Better yet, take public transportation when you can!
Pay For Your Car Insurance Annually. Paying for your car insurance monthly may seem easier because you’re paying out a smaller amount, it is actually more expensive in the long run. If you can pay your insurance in a single payment, there is usually a discount available for doing so.
Change Your Own Oil. You can easily drip $40.00 on an oil change. However, if you lean to change it yourself you will spend half that per oil change. While it may sound a little intimidating, especially when you’ve never done it, in truth it isn’t all that hard to do. Learning to change my own oil was one of the things my dad required I do when I got my driver’s license and I’m so glad he did.
Regularly Rotate Your Tires. We all know how expensive it can be to buy new tires. A simple 15 minute rotation every 5,000 miles will extend the life of your tires and keep that money in your pocket. This is another simple job you can learn to do yourself or pay someone to do it for you.
Car Pool. If you live near some of your co-workers form a car pool and switch drivers every few days or once a week. That way you will both save a little money, as well as wear and tear on your vehicle.
Sell A Car. If you are a two car family you may want to consider selling one of them. If you can get buy as a single car family then selling a car will save you not only gas and maintenance money but will save you one the expense of insuring it as well.
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