Great Ideas for Cutting Your Gas Costs

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summer travle
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It happens every year: The weather gets warm, the open road beckons, and you get ready to spend some time outside ... only to find that driving has gotten a bit more expensive. The good news is that gas prices are down a few cents in the past couple of weeks; latest figures put the average price of a gallon of regular at $3.60. The bad news is, that's up nearly 10 cents from the same time last year.

summer savingsThere are lots of theories about why gas prices tend to go up during the summer, but regardless of whether you think it's due to Wall Street speculation or simply the effect of increased demand, one thing is for certain: You're going to have to spend more money filling up your tank before the summer is out.

A few weeks ago, we offered some of our readers' more outrageous methods for cutting your gas costs. This time around, we'll consider some options that are a little more realistic. Bon voyage!



Bruce Watson is DailyFinance's Savings editor. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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lucasca

Buy a Tesla or Leaf. Duh.

June 25 2013 at 1:47 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
tjstieg

We haven't seen anyrhing yet--just wait until carbon use taxes are tacked onto virtually every item we use or purchase. The average income guy is going to become even poorer to assuage the guilt complexes of a few elite.

June 24 2013 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
progressivehoax

Reduce this nations dependence on petroleum fuel. Require all Liberal Democrats to use the party mascot when applying for and picking up Government Handouts and for all other transportation needs.

June 24 2013 at 4:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
KEN

Did someone say Obama was Black? I never new I just thought he was Muslim

June 24 2013 at 3:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
howardggodfrey

Get rid of the Morons running this failed economy

June 24 2013 at 12:01 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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sam54ct

We did, Bush and his bunch are gone.

June 24 2013 at 2:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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progressivehoax

We did, Pelosi, Reid, Frank and Dodd are finished.

June 24 2013 at 4:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Sparky5229

Great idea = don't drive

June 24 2013 at 9:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
scottee

cancelling a $100 million presidential trip to Africa would cut gas costs. just saying....

June 24 2013 at 7:11 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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sam54ct

Bush took two vacations to Africa, with his entire family, were you whining at that time, or do you just dislike black people?

June 24 2013 at 2:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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