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10 Ways To Save At The Gas Pump

10 Ways To Save At The Gas Pump


gas prices


Now that gas has become expensive,
we must be a bit more creative in how we conserve gas
and get more for the money we spend on gas.

Here are some of my best ideas on how to save

at the gas pump:

1. Discover Open Road Card pays back 5% on gas and auto maintenance purchases.

2. Go to to see where the lowest gas prices are in your town so you can save at the gas pump.

3.  Kroger knocks off 10 cents per gallon. You will need to send $100 a month in groceries to qualify. A Walmart card saves you 3 cents a gallon. There may be other stores in your area that offer discounts if you buy a gas card or shop in their stores for items you need.

4.  Group your daily schedule to be more efficient.  Plan all your errands at one time and organize the trip from point A to point B saving the most miles. Save unnecessary trips for  the next day when you can do all of them together. Research by phone or Internet to find the best deals on items instead of driving store to store.

5. Use regular gas instead of premium. Does your car call for minimum 91 octane? By using regular gas it will alert the "knock sensor" to retard the timing via the engine management computer to protect the engine. You will have less power but save $$$.  A friend told me that they did this for 2 years in a Mercedes and then had to replace an oxygen sensor for $500. So....maybe if you did it now and then it won't affect that sensor?

6. How about some Free gas?  Earn free gas and make extra money at Free Gas.

7. If you are a Realtor(R), let your clients preview listings online before driving them all over town. Most of us do this now anyway. Clients can drive by houses to see if they like the area before you take them in. How many times have you taken a client to a listing and they didn't want to go in because they didn't like the neighborhood or the house was too close to power lines, trashy trailers, etc.?

8.Slow down. Consider that for every 10 miles per hour you floor it, you lose as much as 15% in fuel economy. Chances are you will still get to your destination in about the same time.  

9. Check your tire pressure. Under inflated tires lower gas mileage by 0.4% for every one pound of drop in pressure of all four tires. So if you are down by 10 pounds you are losing 4% in fuel economy.

10. Stop idling. Turn off your're just burning money.. This tip also applies to warming up the car. Unless it's below freezing, cars don't need to be warmed up at all. Driving them gently is best.

Take control now and don't let the high gas prices reduce your standard of living!



Lizette Fitzpatrick- Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 31 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • July 05 2008 11:18AM


Hi Lizette - I have another tip, go give blood, many of the local blood banks are giving away gas cards for free gas.

Posted by Pam Joffe (Solaris Realty) about 10 years ago

Lizette, I LOVE your top graphic. It says it ALL! Out here on the West Coast our regular is about $4.55 a gallon now.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Every dollar counts these days. It is amazing we are having to go to such extremes...what will we do WHEN gas is $7 a gallon?

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) about 10 years ago

good post..we have to conserve our usage ..we have to be smart about all of this.

Posted by Michael Shankman, Selling Las Vegas 702-498-3383 (Award Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Pam - I thought I was already giving blood at the gas pump! Just kidding...I hadn't heard that the blood bank was handing out gas cards. I might be in line soon.

Vickie - We are still around $3.94 I think. Who can changes every minute. They must have to hire extra help just to hang out under the sign to keep changing it. Maybe that is why prices keep going up?

Team DiMuria - I have no idea. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Probably on a horse instead of my car. 

Michael - Let me know if you come up with something. Two heads are better than one.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Grea post and ideas. Gas is such a hot topic right now it is also being used in real estate marketing with gas card give aways, prizes, bonuses to attract agents and customers.

Posted by Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest (Keller Williams Realty Southwest) about 10 years ago

Mike - That's true! We have Realtor open houses here that the giveaway is a gas card to get us to come take a look.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Be careful when running lower octane fuel when your engine requires higher octane.  When you are climbing hills, towing or running your engines at higher RPM speeds you need to be especially careful.  If you lean out the engine you can hurt your engine valves and pistons in addition to the oxygen sensor and a few other parts.   

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 10 years ago

Sam - Good to hear more on the octane dilemma. I was wondering if it would hurt the engine in other ways. I had received an article from the dealership I bought my car from that had the big idea of buying regular. They didn't point this out as being a big problem. Only that the knock sensor would be on more often. My car runs on premium so of course I had to see what would happen. I ran 2 tanks of regular and I didn't feel any difference. Now I'm back to premium. I don't want to hurt the engine in any way just in case. 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago


I just put $100.00 into my inspection truck. I am trying to be more efficient but in this county we have so many cities, so far apart, that it is hard to do.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

On using regular in an engine designed for premium, you're not likely to notice much of a difference, unless you're towing or driving under extreme conditions, but keep in mind that the knock sensor was designed to protect from the occasional "bad" tank of gas, not to run on all the time. The way it works is that it slows down the ignition timing, which reduces horsepower as well as fuel economy, so you actually get fewer mpg, because the engine is working against itself part of the time. It also increases the flow of heat to the cooling system and places a lot of mechanical stress on certain parts of the engine, especially the pistons.

Really severe knocking can burn holes in the pistons and create other forms of engine damage, but I'm not sure what effect running a car with the knock sensor on long-term would do. They've been pretty much standard on hig compression engines since 1996 or so, but I don't know if there have been any studies or tests done on the effects of using 87 octane for long periods of time.

Posted by Raine Carraway about 10 years ago

Steven - Ouch! I would hate to see $100 go into my gas tank each time. You have my sympathy.

Raine - Thanks for your input. I wouldn't have even considered using the regular if I had not seen this info in the dealership article. Now I'm afraid to use anything other than the premium.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Hey Lizette, loved the graphic and enjoyed the post-- great talking points! We've been hanging with our two  Hyundai vehicles for a while now, running regular and thankful for having a 4c engine rather than 6 or 8.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

One trick I have started is walking...for example.  I leave the car somewhere and then walk.  So far it is the best MPG I've ever had.

Posted by Charlie Arthur, CCIM (RE/MAX FIRST, INC.) about 10 years ago

Timely post Lizette, there are never too many ways to help save at the pump.  Conserving is a preference but of course it doesn't eliminate use altogether. Great summary of alternate ways to save and realize gas savings - thanks!

Noted pricing at a station this morning - Regular 4.45 Gallon


Posted by Teresa Berry about 10 years ago

Lizette, Good points, Thank you.  I knew some of them but I didn't know where to look for lower priced gas in my area....this will help.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 10 years ago

How about ride with your client?  Not something that I would do.  I knew one agent who had to sell his car and went to a scooter and had his clients drive him when he wasn't previewing.

A bit of a joke, but with the price of gas pretty soon we are going to need deposits from our buyers who we are previewing and showing properties to just to pay for the gas.


Posted by Glenn Sanford (eXp Realty & Working The Magic, LLC) about 10 years ago

Lizette, you've got to post this @ CC -- that patch is priceless! :-D

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Charlie - Now walking is not something I've been doing. My dog thinks I'm lazy and won't take her out for a walk.

Teresa - That is some sky high gas!  That's wild!

Carole - Evey little bit counts I guess. I don't take the car out unless I absolutely have to.

Glenn - Good you should mention that. I have done it many times. If they want to see lots of properties I ask if I can hop in. My car is only a 2 seater.They completely understand.

Carolyn - I'll take that under advisement. LOL

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Brilliant advice. Thanks for the info and links. Much needed

Posted by Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights (First Realty Company) about 10 years ago

Christina - Thank you! Hope you have saved on your gas money this weekend.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the tips. Every little bit counts these days. I think we are at $3.90 for regular right now.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 10 years ago

Laura - I haven't been out today to look. I'm almost afraid to!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Lizette, great blog post!! Love all of the tips. BTW, Safeway also offers cents off with a Safeway card. ;-)


Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) about 10 years ago

Good tips - Thanks and I am going to try the FREE gas card at my next open house!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) about 10 years ago

Teri - Thanks for the tip on Safeway!

Norma - It's worth a shot. A gas card would be worth winning.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

That's some great advice... I've been planning my errands lately, it makes a difference.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 10 years ago

Good post. Nowadays you have to come up with lots of tips to save at the pump. 4.19 a gallon is no joke.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( about 10 years ago

Debbie - It's funny how we change our schedule around because of these high prices. Our gas prices climbed to $4.15 today for regular.

Robert - You are right about that!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Great Tips... For how much driving we Realtors do, maybe a tips jar in the car might be a good idea???.... maybe not!! Hope you're having a super week!

Posted by Angela Clark, CRS, Realtor, Broker (Tony Clark REALTORS) about 10 years ago

Lizette,  you forgot the most important one...

Ride your Bike to the Store...   I just bought a bike for the first time in 25 years.. and I must say not only am I saving on Gas, but I have lost 15 lbs as well... Woo Hoo....

Posted by Thomas Hargreaves (TriStar Financial Services) about 10 years ago

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