When I was getting out of debt, I heard that you should consolidate all of your errands into one trip to save money. That sounded like a good idea, but I never put much energy into it.
Gas was a necessity to me. It was always a generous amount in the budget just in case we needed it. My husband traveled a lot for his job, and gas was just an inevitable purchase.
One day back in 2006 I remember taking a calculator out and figuring out how much it money it cost to drive to the mall. Prices for gas were extremely high, and my figure came to $7.50 for a round trip. (You can go here to calculate your own trips without a calculator)
Ouch! $7.50 for a trip to go buy something! At that point, I was a clipping coupon queen and every dollar counted. If I saved $7.50 using coupons I would be ecstatic. How could I be spending that much on gas without even realizing it?
After that realization, I made it my mission to save money on gas. I doubled up on trips, and we stayed close to home on the weekends. Even driving to my parent’s house to visit had an expensive price tag ($8.00). We ended up staying home a lot. I think all of those trips we had been taking were really adding up.
Fast forward to 2010 and I haven’t paid attention to gas money since we were getting out of debt four years ago.
We bought a new Garmin Nuvi 765 GPS with eco-route. Eco-Route is a great feature that will give you directions for the best gas-saving route. It even tells you exactly how much money you are spending on your trip.
For someone like me who loves to know how much money I’m spending but never want to calculate it, it’s the perfect feature. I don’t have to figure out how much each trip would cost me, my GPS does everything for me. I can decide if a trip is worth the money!
(On a side note, I’m not sure sure how much my husband will love this feature since it may result in, “Let’s not drive there, that would be $13 bucks!” Poor guy.)