As a struggling college student money is something you worry about and need to manage properly in order to stay ahead of the pack and to keep a few in the bank. You also have a full workload and most likely an active social life, so driving around town is an expense you want to control as best as possible. However not all is lost, there are tips you can try to lower your car gas bill and keep the debt fairy at bay.
Below we highlight and discuss five ways college students can save on gas. Once you’ve read the article, do let us know what you personally have tried to lower your gas expense? Tell us in the comment area.
1. Find Cheap Gas Nearby –
You might be surprised to know that not all gas stations charge the same rate for gas, even in a 10 to 15 mile radius. There are several ways to check nearby gas stations to see what their rate is and how they compare to one another. You can pull out your iPhone or Android cell phone and via various apps check the going rate in any zip code. This can be done while on the road, at home, work or school.
2. Public Transit –
If you own a vehicle yet your school or dorm is in an easily accessible area, why not try public transit a few days a week. You could try the subway, bus or even the local Metra station to check their rates and see what sort of savings can be had via this alternative transit method. It might also be faster, more comfortable and even more enjoyable.
3. Use A Bike –
With bike lanes strategically placed in many US cities now and school campuses having ready bike stations, biking to and from school might be an excellent option. It’s also environment friendly as no ozone emissions pass when you bike and as an added benefit, you also get a workout. Remember this doesn’t have to be daily, you could bike just a few days a week.
4. Walk –
This old standby still works like a charm. Provided it’s not 20 below everyday where you live, this is as good an option as any and a BIG time money saver. You might have to leave a bit earlier than when you drive but this lends to smelling the roses, breathing lots of fresh air and maybe (depending on where you live) a beautiful scenery. Our key advice? Enjoy the walk.
5. Carpool –
This idea aside from being a good gas saver can also be loads of fun. The trick is to pile the car up with friends and as you pick everyone up or are picked up yourself, have a good time. Maybe make small talk and over time you will get to know everyone fairly well. This is a quick and fun way to save gas money each and every week, not too mention a fantastic way to make new friends.
With gas close to (or more than) four dollars in most US cities, gas is no joke. So finding creative and clever ways to save can be an adventure in and of itself. Hopefully our five tips above have given you some great ideas that you can implement right away to keep more green backs in your wallet.
Guest article by: Missy Diaz who writes about personal finance and debt management on the web.