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Tips to save money on gas

Save Money on Gas

As gas prices gradually creep up again, you probably are looking for ways to save money at the pump. The following are a few simple items you may not be aware of, but could help you save some cash next time you "fill 'er up:"

Make sure and watch for any offers from your local gas station. Some gas stations offer discounts to consumers who fill up their car's tanks on certain days.

2. Credit cards
Many credit card companies offer a percentage off each fuel transaction. Discover Card, for example, offers 5 percent back on fuel purchases. Just remember to pay off the bill in full because tacked on interest will eliminate any possible savings.

3. Get the lead out
Try altering the way you drive. Take some of the lead off your foot and reduce your driving speeds. Cars are not as fuel-efficient at faster speeds, plus, you'll cut your risk of getting into an accident or receiving an expensive speeding ticket.

4.Shop online.
Before getting in the car and driving to the store, try surfing the Web and shop online. Besides gas , it could save you a lot of time and money, too.

5. Check for cheap gas prices
Check out websites that post the cheapest gas prices in your area.

6. Combine trips or carpool
Do you have a lot of stops to make during a given week? See how many stops you can combine into one trip. Also, do you travel near where your spouse or neighbor works? Why not carpool? You can share the expenses and alternate days to drive. It will reduce fuel consumption and wear and tear on your car.

7. Check your tires
Under inflated tires can ruin the tread on your tires and lower the fuel efficiency on your car by as much as 3.3 percent.

8. Maintain your vehicle
The Federal Trade Commission says a tuned engine can increase your gas mileage by 4 percent.

9. Lighten your load
Extra junk being lugged around in your car can reduce fuel efficiency by 2 percent. So if you aren't heading to your child's game or practice, just keep their equipment in the house or garage. Every little bit helps.

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Source: Federal Trade Commission

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