What are you doing to save $$ on gas?


bevvyd
#1
Just curious what you are doing to save money on gas. Are you buying a new vehicle which gets better mileage? are you considering converting a diesel into a veggy oil vehicle? are you making only 1 trip per day vs 2 into town or to the wherever? have you pulled out the bike? or don't care!

Let's hear it!
 
peapod
#2
Well bevski, I either walk or ride my bike, there seems to be more bike riders in victoria than car drivers :P I only use my car if I have to go over the mountain...and than back down again

Hey you know the rise in gas, could also mean alot more healthier people.
 
bevvyd
#3
I wish I could ride my bike around here, but there are too many big trucks and no shoulder and nobody round here stays within the speed limit. So I'm co-ordinating all outside ventures as best I can. Trying to make only 1 trip into town vs 2. Today I've got to go to the grocery store, hardware store, liquor store and drop the kid off at work. Wont' be doing any of that til later on this afternoon which means I have to go a few more hours without any snackies, sniff sniff.
 
bevvyd
#4
I wish I could ride my bike around here, but there are too many big trucks and no shoulder and nobody round here stays within the speed limit. So I'm co-ordinating all outside ventures as best I can. Trying to make only 1 trip into town vs 2. Today I've got to go to the grocery store, feed store, hardware store, liquor store and drop the kid off at work. Wont' be doing any of that til later on this afternoon which means I have to go a few more hours without any snackies, sniff sniff.
 
manda
#5
We decided to move closer to the areas that we have to drive to everyday and eliminate a 20 minute drive to and from our house everyday...this wasn't a big deal because we just rent. We are also contemplating blowing up our minivan in protest
 
Jo Canadian
#6
Well, we're moving. Rather than commuting 45 min a day to bounce kids to places and ourselves to work (sometimes in two vehicles because of %^$@#%$3 shift hours), we just stuck ourselves somewhere closer which would recduce the commuting downto 15 min.

Other than that I'm thinking of investing in a donkey. Gas prices will start effecting food prices, and once it's too expensive to eat we can eat the donkey when it's worn out from pulling the car...and it'll save us from mowing/fertilizing the lawn.
 
Jo Canadian
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by manda

We decided to move closer to the areas that we have to drive to everyday and eliminate a 20 minute drive to and from our house everyday...this wasn't a big deal because we just rent. We are also contemplating blowing up our minivan in protest

What a coninsidence.
 
manda
#8
he he he JO...look at the post above yours.
 
missile
#9
I ride the bus with all the other plebes when I have to go some distance away. Other than those few times,I just walk to wherever
 
bevvyd
#10
Gonna buy myself a cord of wood this weekend too. I've got a wood burning fireplace so I plan on using it as much as I can.
 
Judland
#11
Been bicycling for over three years now and will continue to do so as much as possible. The only time we use the car is to do our groceries once a week. Thankfully, the grocery store is a three minute drive away.

Saskatoon is a very bicycle-friendly city. Lots of trails and bicycle lanes on major streets.
 
missile
#12
I had to get rid of mine Our hills became too much of an effort for my old,tired body.
 
nickelcity
#13
I've been commuting on my bicycle for 15 months in calgary.
 
no1important
#14
I would ride a bike but the lower mainland has next to no bike routes or trails. Even though we are entitled to ride on the road, it is far too dangerous.

I would ride the bus more but out in the burbs the service sucks so really driving or waiting a while for the bus is only option.
 
PoisonPete2
#15
I drive my car very quickly to keep the gas at optimum burn rate.
 
Twila
#16
To conserve gas I bought myself a tiny little hyndai accent.

Still just $40 to fill up and takes about a week to get it down to half a tank.

I thought ahead when I was making my car selection........actually I just hate wasting money on things like gas.
 
Diamond Sun
#17
Xendrick and I recently purchased a new car that got us 700 km on a single tank of gas (50L tank). It gets better mileage than our little Kia, and that mileage was really a big selling factor when we were looking.

I'd bike or bus to work if I could, but there are no bus routes to my house, and the hill I'd have to ride up at the end of the day would be the end of me. Plus, at 24 weeks pregnant, I won't be biking for much longer anyway.

Hey, Pea, I just spent four days in Victoria and loved it! People there are so friendly and yes, I saw many many many cyclists. Good for them!
 
manda
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by Diamond Sun

Xendrick and I recently purchased a new car that got us 700 km on a single tank of gas (50L tank). It gets better mileage than our little Kia, and that mileage was really a big selling factor when we were looking.

I'd bike or bus to work if I could, but there are no bus routes to my house, and the hill I'd have to ride up at the end of the day would be the end of me. Plus, at 24 weeks pregnant, I won't be biking for much longer anyway.

Hey, Pea, I just spent four days in Victoria and loved it! People there are so friendly and yes, I saw many many many cyclists. Good for them!


24 weeks pregnant? Congratulations! Plus the extra Body heat from the baby should help reduce the home heating oil bill!
 
Diamond Sun
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by manda

24 weeks pregnant? Congratulations! Plus the extra Body heat from the baby should help reduce the home heating oil bill!

One can hope, but if not, I have a great big warm duvet, and TWO wood burning fireplaces. I'll be toasty warm this winter while keeping my heating/gas costs low. Last winter we were looking at $200+ each month for gas heating costs....ouch!!
 
mrmom2
#20
Went and bought a great big three quarter ton Chevy 4by4 on propane
 
Twila
#21
Should maybe remind everyone to

"Save gas, fart in a jar"

an oldy for sure.
 
Hank C Cheyenne
#22
Dang you guys would not believe how much it costs to fill up a our dodge durango. My truck is also high at $70 a tank. But I still think the price is worth the luxury, I cant picture myself driving a car as small as an accent or civic, its just not functional. If you have a cabin at the lake there is no way you can use a small car to haul the bikes and ATV's.
 
Twila
#23
Hank C. That's funny cause I can't picture myself driving a big *** truck. I've no use for one though....so I don't feel the need.

We watch all the people driving their big SUV's and mini vans around the city. Driving them like there sports cars. and I wonder why on earth they'd want to spend so much on gas and Insurance when they don't need them. I see hundreds of SUV's with 1 person and hundreds of mini vans with 1 person.

I wonder how many purchased their vehicle not based on need but on perceived 'status'?
 
Hank C Cheyenne
#24
Twila, just out of curiousity are you from Canada? Just asking because in most European countries cabins, and big vehicles are not useful or common. It seems they dont have as much quality open space as we have here in North America.

Yea there is no reason for big vehicles if you don't use them for their intended purposes, but like i always say that you have the right do and act however you want. It seems Europeans also infringe on peoples rights when it comes to guns and other issues we take for granted here.
 
Ocean Breeze
#25
save $$ on gas??


start using the public transit system more and use own car only when absolutely nec.
 
Hank C Cheyenne
#26
I am gonna use my 400$ cheque from Ralph for gas, although it will not last for more than a month.
 
GL Schmitt
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by Hank C Cheyenne

. . . like I always say . . . you have the right do and act however you want. . . .

I do believe that is the same sentiment that six-and-a-half-year-old lemmings like to have tattooed on their ***.

Quote: Originally Posted by Hank C Cheyenne

. . . It seems Europeans also infringe on peoples rights when it comes to guns and other issues we take for granted here.

How true!

So many Europeans let their logical conclusion that allowing vast quantities of unregistered firearms to litter their country is a dangerous practise, lead them to infringe upon the gun merchantsí right to unfettered profit making.

As a result, they and their fellow countrymen suffer the embarrassment of only having a fraction of the gun-related deaths that Americans can brag about.

By the way, we don't take guns for granted "here," either.

Unless your sense of direction is as faulty as your logic, you are in Canada, and Canada, like most European countries, expends a sensible effort to keep guns under as strict a control as possible.
 
mrmom2
#28
Bwahahahaha Gl you the Man Your a big reason why I'm back here I love your stuff dude
 
beentheredonethat
#29
We don't go anywhere. Oh, we take care of the necessities, but basically we hang around the house all the time.

Been There
 
Nascar_James
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by Twila

Hank C. That's funny cause I can't picture myself driving a big *** truck. I've no use for one though....so I don't feel the need.

We watch all the people driving their big SUV's and mini vans around the city. Driving them like there sports cars. and I wonder why on earth they'd want to spend so much on gas and Insurance when they don't need them. I see hundreds of SUV's with 1 person and hundreds of mini vans with 1 person.

I wonder how many purchased their vehicle not based on need but on perceived 'status'?

Good question Twila.

Many folks (including myself) own large trucks because they are practical and safe. I have owned double cab diesel pickup trucks for a long time. Diesel vehicles are more fuel efficient than the gasoline vehicles. Also, the engines tend to be more durable than the gas engines.

In addition, driving a large truck is far safer for you and your family than a small car in case of accident (and I have been involved in a few). In having a pick-up truck there is also the save factor. Yep, the save factor. If I go out to buy a stove and the store charges delivery fees (many of them do), I simply call up a buddy and we bring the stove home ourselves in my pickup truck. Then there is the tow factor. If you own say a jet boat, owning a big truck will give you the towing power necessary to transport your boat to and from the lake.

Drawback in owning diesel vehicles ... they are noisy
 

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