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Make Money from $4 Gas

May 21st, 2008 at 10:46 am

Most of us are seeing the effects of $4 gasoline. I have a 30-mile commute to work each day, so on Quicken, I keep seeing the "Fuel" section of the pie chart gradually eat up the other pieces of the pie. While this may seem like a bad thing, it has the potential to shower financial benefits.

Okay, maybe "shower financial benefits" is a bit too strong, but I believe that we can make money or at least pay less for gas now than we were a year ago. $3.30 seemed to be the tipping point for me. When gas rose above that price, a fellow teacher and I decided we would start carpooling. With gas around $4 per gallon, carpooling drops that price to $2 per gallon for my friend and me.

What are some other ways that we can benefit financially from $4 gas? Carpooling is an obvious choice, but I'd like to hear some creative ideas from you all.

4 Responses to “Make Money from $4 Gas”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Seems like combining errands and walking or biking when possible would reduce the amount of fuel consumed.

  2. littlemama Says:

    Running errands on your way home from work. Or better yet, have DH run errands on his way home! Big Grin

  3. Aleta Says:

    I am definitely using less gas now. I only go out a couple of days a week for errands. I try to get as much as possible done in one trip and that includes getting my shopping lists, coupons, and any other needs prepared for in one trip.

  4. Lylic Says:

    Slow down!

    Fortunately for me, I live in a rural area with not much traffic. I've slowed down and seen a huge difference in the gas mileage in my 2002 Honda Civic.

    People pass me and gun their motors to show me how dumb I am for driving 5-10 miles under the speed limit but I usually catch up to them at the stop sign, and then pass them as they turn in to a gas station and I coast on by, enjoying my 41 mpg... =)

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