Gas Price Blog 2: "Save your money, save the world."
Have you ever found yourself driving around looking for the lowest regular gas price? Have you ever driven up to a gas station, look at the regular gas price, and say certain phrases such as, "You got to be serious?!" or "Well, there goes my paycheck" or other expletive group of words that I can't dare to put in this blog post (and get fired)? Well, I bet most of you feel the tension at the pump, especially those who have a high volume tank, or a gas-eating SUV. Even with a fuel efficient car, it seems like I use more gas looking around for a "cheap" gas station. There is a way where you can save gas without even hoping into your good ol' automobile. I've noticed a rise in gas price websites in the past few years. The following websites helped me find the "cheapest" gas prices in a particular area:
wbztv.com gas price check
MassachusettsGasPrices.com - gas prices based on driver feedback
Here is an interesting link. If you are (still) planning to take a roadtrip to another part of the country, AAA created a road trip fuel cost calculator. Included in this calculator is your starting city, your destination, and your vehicle information. This is a helpful calculator that will help you determine how much money you will need to keep your car on the road (and be less stressed-out). Obviously, with the variable gas prices, your total cost also varies.
Here is the link for that: http://www.fuelcostcalculator.com/.
With internet research, you can find ways to save up on gas without searching the city for the "cheapest" gas prices. Like I said, this approach to saving money has helped me beat out the pump. This is my theory if you take this approach. If you head to one of those websites and find a "good" gas station, you will save some gas since you haven't left your house yet. Since you haven't left your house and hopped into your car, you are also being "green" by of course saving gas, and reducing the release of more carbon dioxide/monoxide or other harmful gases. With less harmful gases, there will be less pollution. Okay, okay, that may be a stretch, but I believe that by being smart at the pump and spending less time worrying and searching for the least inexpensive regular gas price, you will survive the year. Any little change in your routine (such as less joyriding), your pockets will be a bit fuller than before, and like I said, less harmful gases will be extracted. So yeah, it's like saving the world little at a time.
Throughout the semester I will continue to give tips and particular websites that I find helpful for my trips to Lowell. Next week, I will talk about car maintanence and how important it is to "keep up" with vehicle appointments.
In a side note, I'm planning to take a 3-hr online course this weekend so I can be a certified Babe Ruth coach. This means that I can coach an all-star team and actually be a "real" baseball coach. Fun stuff. My baseball team is doing good, but not as good as I thought the team would. Our record is 3-3 and we are still in the race to make it to the Malden Babe Ruth Playoffs. If all goes well, we should be able to dominate.
I hope all is well for everyone! Have a good day, stay safe, and take it easy!
- Coach Christian Tiongson
Casey Hobart Photography 2008