10 Ways to Save Money This Summer #5
Fuel Up for Less â€” and Make It Last
If you're like me and you're nostalgic for a time when a gallon of gas was $.99 (!), and your summer plans now involve lots of road time, donâ€™t put the key in the ignition without knowing the best ways to save. Before you leave, check your route for gas prices (GasBuddy.com) and tolls (maps.google.com, choose â€śAvoid Tollsâ€ť). Then, use cash at the pump. In many areas, gas is cheaper (by a few cents a gallon) if you pay with cash, rather than a credit card. And avoid one of the biggest summer road-trip gas-guzzling culprits: your lead foot. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, every 5mph that you drive over 60mph costs you another $0.21 to $0.71 a gallon.