Record gasoline prices cause many people to change their habits. Maybe for years you were used to driving your SUV and never felt the pain at the gas pump. He drove more than 40 miles to work and felt normal, but now, with hundreds of dollars a month spent on gas alone, he doesn’t seem so normal anymore. So if you’ve never thought of ways to save money on gas until now, maybe now is the best time to do so.

Here are some practical tips on how you can save money at the pump:

1) Carpool – If you drive a lot of miles every day to and from work, chances are there is someone in your area or within walking distance who does the same. There are quite a few websites where you can post free ads looking for people who are willing to carpool on your route. A generic site would be the well known craigslist.com and a more specific site for this is erideshare.com. It might take a few weeks or months to find the right person to travel with, but it’s definitely worth it. It will practically cut your gas costs in half. So what would you say if you saw $2.00 per gallon for gasoline? I’m sure you will be very excited. So go ahead and make the decision and start looking for a carpool partner.

2) Get closer to work: I know that is easier said than done. In today’s economy, we are not only affected by high gas prices, but also by a very, very slow real estate market. It is no longer so easy to sell your house. I admit that this solution is better suited to people who are renting. If you’re not locked into a long-term contract, do your best to find a place to live close to where you work. There are rumors that gas prices are only going to go up, so the less you drive, the better off you’ll be.

3) Buy a car that gives more miles per gallon. Prepare to give up some comfort. You may not have that roomy car, but a small car is sure to keep you away from the gas pump for a longer period of time. If you want to check the average mpg numbers, you can check it out at http://www.mpgbuddy.com.

4) Use public transportation – Depending on the city you live in and where you go to work, there is probably a public transportation system that you could use. If you plan to do this, as a method of saving money on gas, you need to be very organized. You have to know the bus schedule, get up earlier than you used to, and have a lot more time to get to and from work.

I think almost all Americans are affected by high gas prices, but not everyone is ready to take some of the drastic measures I mentioned earlier. You don’t have to, but unless you’re a millionaire, I’m pretty sure you have to make some changes to your daily habits so you can keep your budget in check.

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