Welcome back to Frugal Family 2013, where my sweet friends, Kelli (Adventurez in Child 'Rearing) and Sam (Sam's Noggin), and I share our tips and tricks for saving money in your home and homeschool. We are excited to share ideas for frugal meals, upcycling, travel, entertainment, and of course, cheap or free homeschooling.
Each Thursday, we are sharing our frugal ideas with a link-up where you can share yours. Our goal is to encourage you and each other. We'll also be pinning our ideas to Pinterest -- where you can find plenty of frugal solutions for saving the family money.
This week from our home . . .
One of the most major expenses most of us have (aside from our home mortgage and maintenance costs) is the cost of vehicle purchase and upkeep. Here are a few tips to help you save!
- Run errands once a week, consolidate your trips into or around town.
- Keep your tires filled to their proper pressure.
- Keep up on car maintenance (oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups, air filter changes, etc.). Do what you are able to do yourself for extra cost savings.
- Keep all fluids clean and topped off.
- Carpool to group events or wherever else possible.
- Take the bus or other public transportation every chance you get.
- Drive moderately, don’t accelerate quickly or stop too quickly. Don't speed. Fuel efficiency decreases at speeds above 60mph.
- Don't take time to warm up the engine. It will warm up faster if you get moving, and you won't waste fuel.
- Try to get by with one car, even if you have two.
- Use cruise control on the highway.
- Use a discount card to buy gas (many grocery stores offer them, as well as Costco and SAM’s).
- Buy regular gas, not premium. Most cars don't need premium.
- Check out www.gasbuddy.com for the cheapest place in your area to buy on gasoline. Remember though, that it's not likely going to save you money to drive across town for gas that's a few cents cheaper.
- Choose wisely when buying a vehicle and purchase one that will last – then take care of it and keep it for the long term.
- Buy gently used vehicles with low mileage.
A special thanks to Kelli for helping me research these tips :)
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