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RvUsa
07-17-2008, 11:11 AM
I just wanted to find out if anyone is doing stuff different to save on gas.

We leave the diesel guzzeling dually at home and drive the wifes fusion when we can....

We4mickey
07-17-2008, 11:16 AM
I just don't go anywhere. If I have to go out I think, is there anywhere else I need to go that is on that route.

On a good note though, my Dsis and Dbil bought a motor home. We are carpooling to the Fort in October to split the gas and the campsite fees. My parents and DB and family are going to do the same thing. We will still get there, it just won't cost us each as much as driving our own vehicles.

loveDmouse
07-17-2008, 11:19 AM
I ride my scooter to work every day. I burn about a gallon of gas a month. I also try to use my scooter for errands around town. I have a little carrier on the back I can put some stuff in.
:moped: :moped: :moped: :moped: :moped: :moped: :moped: :moped:


Try to take less trips to shop. The mall and most bigger shopping is about an hour away for us. My Tahoe burns a lot more gas. ;)

Shannone1
07-17-2008, 11:23 AM
I am planning my errands more carefully trying to combine trips when I can. It's easier in the summer because the kids don't have as many planned activities. We've also rearranged a couple of camping weekends closer to home so it will cost less in gas money.

RvUsa
07-17-2008, 11:25 AM
I really want a scooter... but my wife won't let me. Besides, I am a really BIG guy, if I rode a scooter it might look like I sat on some kids toy and had it stuck in my behind...:rotfl2::rotfl2:

loveDmouse
07-17-2008, 11:28 AM
That is funny! I am short so I don't have a problem. My husband is tall and he would look funny on my scooter. He had one for a while but his was bigger. He really needs his truck for work so we sold his.

77ed
07-17-2008, 11:47 AM
I parked my diesel gulping truck and the wifey and I ride together to work. We work ~2 miles apart so I guess we should have done that a long time ago.:guilty: We use to ride our dirtbikes almost every weekend but the track we ride is 85 miles away 1 way. That would be 50 bucks just in fuel so we just go every now and then.:sad1:

RvUsa
07-17-2008, 11:52 AM
I agree with you guys, we don't run to the store for this and that every other day, we save up and make store trips worth while, we live in the boonies, so it is at least a 18 mile round trip.... doesn't sound like much, but in the f-350 that is 2 plus gallons and a $10 bill... YIKES!!

stacktester
07-17-2008, 11:58 AM
I try to schedule my jobs where I do at least 2 at a time so as to cut down on fuel. I have a scooter that I cruise to Publix or to get coffee instead of firing up the diesel.

ftwildernessguy
07-17-2008, 12:04 PM
The F150 stays in the driveway unless I have to pick up some lumber or something big at Lowes. I've only put 2400 miles on it since Jan 4th. My scooter is the weekend workhorse now. I use it to run all my errands - bank, post office, mall. My wife works for me so we ride to the office together in her VW Beetle.

g8trmom1
07-17-2008, 12:04 PM
I try to schedule my jobs where I do at least 2 at a time so as to cut down on fuel. I have a scooter that I cruise to Publix or to get coffee instead of firing up the diesel.


I told Pete that I want a Pink Scooter for my Birthday.....

stacktester
07-17-2008, 12:08 PM
I told Pete that I want a Pink Scooter for my Birthday.....

I'll paint mine for you and we can trade Pete's cart during the LDGG. :lmao:

DANODANO
07-17-2008, 12:13 PM
Only going to Disney 1 time a week.

Rhonda
07-17-2008, 12:34 PM
I love my scooter!! :lovestruc

I think we're actually going to ride the scooter up to WDW for Labor Day weekend!! We have our Owner's Locker up there already with lots of stuff in it, so all we'll have to pack in the scooter trunk and my backpack is clothes!

We'll see....

ftwildernessguy
07-17-2008, 12:38 PM
I love my scooter!! :lovestruc

I think we're actually going to ride the scooter up to WDW for Labor Day weekend!! We have our Owner's Locker up there already with lots of stuff in it, so all we'll have to pack in the scooter trunk and my backpack is clothes!

We'll see....

Now that would be cool.

jrandtysmom
07-17-2008, 12:40 PM
Parked my F150 and bought a used car for cash to use for most of my driving. We live 20 miles outside of "town" so I definately try to stop on my way home at the grocery store or to do errands. Don't just go get ice cream cuz we feel like it, I try to buy popsicles and stuff to keep in the freezer. I just try to plan ahead for things we need rather then doing stuff on a whim.

PolynesianPixie
07-17-2008, 01:05 PM
nothing. When you gotta go, you gotta go.:laughing:

My DH is driving his motorcycle more than his truck now.

jrandtysmom
07-17-2008, 01:34 PM
nothing. When you gotta go, you gotta go.:laughing:

My DH is driving his motorcycle more than his truck now.

Ami I love the pic of your family in your sig...where did you get that taken?

PolynesianPixie
07-17-2008, 02:00 PM
Ami I love the pic of your family in your sig...where did you get that taken?

Well thank you! We had those done in NC last March at MILs house. The lady who did them is Heather Houston. She does good work!

g8trmom1
07-17-2008, 02:08 PM
I'll paint mine for you and we can trade Pete's cart during the LDGG. :lmao:

Somehow I don't see that happening....

AuburnJen92
07-17-2008, 02:12 PM
we traded in our tundra for a tacoma back in february...helped with gas a lot

plus, i don't drive the trans am as much on the weekends...it does need exercise though;)

bama_ed
07-17-2008, 02:21 PM
I'm working from home more often. I actually prefer going to the office (which is only 9 miles away) but a round trip nearly is a gallon of gas. It's a little tougher here in the summer time with the kids at home but they've learned well that I'm not to be bothered so it's worked out.

Less than a year ago I was working downtown (I'm in the 'burbs) and it was 23 miles one way. Back then a tank lasted 5 work-days plus no work-from-home option.

BTW, I am officially on my lunch break posting this message. :thumbsup2 :surfweb:

Bama ED

ftwildernessguy
07-17-2008, 02:34 PM
I'm working from home more often. I actually prefer going to the office (which is only 9 miles away) but a round trip nearly is a gallon of gas. It's a little tougher here in the summer time with the kids at home but they've learned well that I'm not to be bothered so it's worked out.

Less than a year ago I was working downtown (I'm in the 'burbs) and it was 23 miles one way. Back then a tank lasted 5 work-days plus no work-from-home option.

BTW, I am officially on my lunch break posting this message. :thumbsup2 :surfweb:

Bama ED

You're my hero.

jrandtysmom
07-17-2008, 02:39 PM
I'm working from home more often. I actually prefer going to the office (which is only 9 miles away) but a round trip nearly is a gallon of gas. It's a little tougher here in the summer time with the kids at home but they've learned well that I'm not to be bothered so it's worked out.

Less than a year ago I was working downtown (I'm in the 'burbs) and it was 23 miles one way. Back then a tank lasted 5 work-days plus no work-from-home option.

BTW, I am officially on my lunch break posting this message. :thumbsup2 :surfweb:

Bama ED

That would be nice to have a work from home option, especially in the summer with the kids. Although I wouldn't get much done with all this time I keep spending here.:surfweb:

Us3
07-17-2008, 03:09 PM
I work from home but its a tough balancing act with work, kids, house and DIS BOARDS! :laughing:

RvUsa
07-17-2008, 03:11 PM
I pretend to work from home, but heck, it's really just swimming, the kid, my board and this darned place!

2goofycampers
07-17-2008, 03:13 PM
We combine all of our errands and shopping mapped out before we go and use the 1500 instead of the 2500.

I also map out Franks work schedule daily.

jrandtysmom
07-17-2008, 03:18 PM
I work from home but its a tough balancing act with work, kids, house and DIS BOARDS! :laughing:

What do you do, for work I mean? :)

Us3
07-17-2008, 03:27 PM
What do you do, for work I mean? :)

I implement software systems for small/medium size businesses. It's all ERP online software, so I do it all from home. Very little travel. Works out good since I still have 2 little ones who are not in school yet and one out for the summer!

But back to the good stuff...KUNGALOOSH, golf carts and family fun at the Fort! :thumbsup2

LONE-STAR
07-18-2008, 12:59 AM
Well we don't have the option of leaving the diesel at home because I got the DW one to, before diesel got so high:headache: . We live in a small town and use to we would drive 60 miles one way just to go eat on the weekend. Not so much anymore.

Born 2 Fish
07-18-2008, 06:19 AM
I try to save fuel cost by bumming as many rides from my neighbors as I can to my work. :thumbsup2
They get a little cranky when I strap a bunch of scafolding to the top of their Escort.

disney4dan
07-18-2008, 06:46 AM
We try to cut down on errands, and I've found that I can get about 1 to 2 more mpg in the truck on the highway if I keep the speed at 65 or so. Biggest mileage saver is to adjust the time I commute so I'm not in traffic that keeps going from 50 to 70 on the highway. I've done as well as 19.5 mpg on highway driving with my truck (not great compared to cars, but how many mpg would a Prius get trying to tow my trailer to the Fort?)

I'm lucky that my work has been very flexible, allowing me to work from home some days. As an environmental consulting firm, they actually have an annual challenge to see which office can conserve the most gas by carpooling, finding ways to work from home, riding a bike to work, etc. There are prizes involved as well.

des1954
07-18-2008, 07:15 AM
I live 11 miles from my office & THD (2nd job) is less than a mile away from the office. I'm fortunate to be able to coordinate my office hours around my Home Depot schedule so my commute is dual purpose, and not making any extra trips. There's a Publix & Winn Dixie on my commute route, so I do all my shopping on my way home from work. It's a tough adjustment because before gas got so outta sight, I never thought twice about hopping in the Explorer & going to Publix for just a few items. I think twice now.

My Explorer is a 1997 with 153+K miles on it, and thankfully, has been a dream vehicle. It gets 18MPH city driving & 22MPH on the highway - and always has since the day we bought it in Aug 1996. It doesn't burn oil and considering it's a V-8, I'm very happy with the mileage. DH drives a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr with a V-6, and his gas mileage isn't a whole lot better than my Explorer.

I've researched buying a new vehicle,,,, but there aren't any out there that get that much better mileage than my Explorer. I haven't been able to justify spending the $25K or more it would take to buy a new vehicle only to gain an additional 2-7MGH. I can buy a lot of gas for what it would cost me to upgrade to a new vehicle.

IMHO...there is no reason engines can't be redesigned to get 70-80MPH and still allow for some comfort creatures - like a decent ride, A/C, and power everything.

Two of my neighbors have Smart Cars, and while they are unique, the mileage received for the size of the vehicle is very poor. They also ride like a bucket of bolts.

I've fleetingly entertained getting a scooter, but for several reasons, I won't. Mainly the weather here in Central Fla is too unpredictable and I won't wear a rain suit...too uncomfortable. Secondly...we have a LOT of idiot drivers that pull out in front of me when I drive my truck. Imagine if I were on a scooter??? I'd be squashed within a week!!

Born 2 Fish
07-18-2008, 07:19 AM
The local fellow who owns the Fox Pizza has a Smart Car.
I'm still trying to figure out if he has to pedal that thing or does it really have some kinda engine in it ?!?!?!?And where in the world is the spare tire on that thing ?!?!?!

disney4dan
07-18-2008, 07:21 AM
I've researched buying a new vehicle,,,, but there aren't any out there that get that much better mileage than my Explorer. I haven't been able to justify spending the $25K or more it would take to buy a new vehicle only to gain an additional 2-7MGH. I can buy a lot of gas for what it would cost me to upgrade to a new vehicle.

IMHO...there is no reason engines can't be redesigned to get 70-80MPH and still allow for some comfort creatures - like a decent ride, A/C, and power everything.



I agree with both these statements, saw an article recently about advising people to think twice before thinking a trade in from a truck to an "economy car" to save gas if you were doing so for the $$ only. Payback wasn't in the formula.

On the topic of mileage on small cars, I remember driving my mothers early 1980s Nissan sentra that would consistently get 45 mpg. Why is it that trucks (for the most part) have gotten such improvements in mileage ratings over the years and the little cars have not?

stacktester
07-18-2008, 07:25 AM
I've fleetingly entertained getting a scooter, but for several reasons, I won't. Mainly the weather here in Central Fla is too unpredictable and I won't wear a rain suit...too uncomfortable. Secondly...we have a LOT of idiot drivers that pull out in front of me when I drive my truck. Imagine if I were on a scooter??? I'd be squashed within a week!!

I'll loan you my scooter to see if that quote is accurate. No need to bring it back if you do get squashed. My only request is you have them otters riding with you when you drive it.:rotfl2: :rotfl2:

ftwildernessguy
07-18-2008, 08:23 AM
The local fellow who owns the Fox Pizza has a Smart Car.
I'm still trying to figure out if he has to pedal that thing or does it really have some kinda engine in it ?!?!?!?And where in the world is the spare tire on that thing ?!?!?!

The instructions in the owners manual say if you get a flat, just pull into the closest Dunkin Donuts for a spare.

Born 2 Fish
07-18-2008, 08:33 AM
Ahh,, so What you are saying is ,technically, the Smart car could be used as a police patrol as well.:rotfl2:

RNmomnFL
07-18-2008, 11:40 AM
I've really tried to limit my shopping to once weekly. Don't drive anywhere but to work (may stop for something at the grocery on the way home which helps twice as much for I always save when I do shopping solo...without DH and kids). We get gas at Sams AMAP. DH hasn't gotten the motorcycle up and running again yet as he's had other projects but that is something we're considering for the future. Unfortunately, he has a 40 mile commute to work (six days/week usually). He hasn't found a coworker to carpool with although I try to encourage it. I am still reeling from the price at the grocery store lately and not gas so much although of course that keeps going up. We've gone back to Walmart versus Sams for food products but next step may be Sav-A-Lot.

PolynesianPixie
07-18-2008, 11:45 AM
I'll loan you my scooter to see if that quote is accurate. No need to bring it back if you do get squashed. My only request is you have them otters riding with you when you drive it.:rotfl2: :rotfl2:

Now that's not very nice!

AuburnJen92
07-18-2008, 12:12 PM
I'll loan you my scooter to see if that quote is accurate. No need to bring it back if you do get squashed. My only request is you have them otters riding with you when you drive it.:rotfl2: :rotfl2:

Doesn't your scooter have quite a few squashes itself already?:lmao:

seabee
07-18-2008, 12:26 PM
I have tried several of the suggestions here, to no avail. So my decision is to move closer to the places I want to be(south) then I don't have to drive/tow as far to get there. And since my property tax just jump $1000 from last year, I think I am ready to move! Jim says even though he can't feel his butt(not the word he used) its sore cause he is taken it from everything.:scared1: My town is awful, economy stinks, gas is as high as ever, lets not even talk about oil, hey-let's reasses all the properties and jack up taxes. Give it too em' a little more.:sad2: Ahh, livin the American dream.

RNmomnFL
07-18-2008, 12:39 PM
I feel for you hon! The big thing for us lately is our electric bill keeps going up. I have become the light police...try to charge my kids for leaving 'em on but they have no money either so that doesn't work. We have five tvs on at the same time some days, three computers on too or something ridiculous. ARGH!

77ed
07-18-2008, 01:34 PM
Here's something interesting on the smart cars.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJHpUO-S0i8

ffpm63
07-18-2008, 11:43 PM
My wife and I both drive diesel Jettas at 40 mpg. I traded My f-350 and 5er for a MH because I have no self control and could not stand looking at the truck just sit in the driveway it only got 15 mpg. I'm hoping when ford comes out with the new diesel f-150 it will get at least 30 mpg so I can have a truck again. Disney is our only trip this year and we planned othe things on the way to make the most out of our gas. The family is also on a strict bean diet starting tonight to help with milage Renewable energy;) .

des1954
07-19-2008, 06:19 AM
I have tried several of the suggestions here, to no avail. So my decision is to move closer to the places I want to be(south) then I don't have to drive/tow as far to get there. And since my property tax just jump $1000 from last year, I think I am ready to move! Jim says even though he can't feel his butt(not the word he used) its sore cause he is taken it from everything.:scared1: My town is awful, economy stinks, gas is as high as ever, lets not even talk about oil, hey-let's reasses all the properties and jack up taxes. Give it too em' a little more.:sad2: Ahh, livin the American dream.

I understand wanting to move closer to FtW!!!! We moved "closer" to FtW in 2003 --- and that's so we'd be only 25 miles away instead of 85 miles away!:rotfl2: Are we FtW obsessed, or what??? Now, we even think twice about the 50 mile round trip just to run into the parks or "free-load" at FtW! If THAT'S not the sign of a bad economy...I don't know what is??

The truly sad thing about your plan Nicole, is you probably can't sell your house in today's market. :headache:

RNmomnFL
07-20-2008, 12:51 PM
Amen sister lamenting about the bad economy! Here's another example: My kids are becoming unaccustomed to being in public anymore as we stay home AMAP, therefore they are often misbehaved when we do go out on that once weekly shopping trip or to the library. Like a spring fever kind of thing that I remember from my youth after a long winter. Some of the consequences of the economy tanking are actually beneficial like the no fast food, no senseless toy buying on every grocery trip, etc. but I'm over it really. We are in the unfortunate position of facing some dental bills (one child needs braces, another's teeth are rotting with space maintainers necessary, not to mention my woes which won't be taken care of anytime soon so as to fix the kids' problems first). Anyway, my desire to live this one life to the fullest is at war with the trying financial position we are in. It helps to know we're not alone though.

4daubers
07-20-2008, 03:03 PM
I drive 30 miles one way to work and drive a SUV unfortunately. I'm consolidating errands and have gone back to coupon saving. I also buy online from home as much as possible.

RNmomnFL
07-20-2008, 04:31 PM
Clipping coupons is something I could do better at. Of course I read the paper online so I don't get the good coupons in the Sunday edition, but we do have a Wed. mailer with a few.

clkelley
07-20-2008, 07:23 PM
I went on medical leave, so the truck will sit for a month :-)

Seriously. I only have a 3.5 mile commute to work, so there is not really much we could do better. I thought about riding my bike to work, but there is a 1 mile stretch that is really dangerous, so that's probably out.

One thing I do for my Disney trips is do things like MyPoints, and Memolink for gas cards. This last weekend trip to WDW I had $175 in free gas, and I used credit card points to pay the actual Disney bill.

EVERYTHING that possibly can goes on the points card (not Disney Visa, not worth it), and then we pay for Disney trips with the points.

RNmomnFL
07-20-2008, 07:56 PM
I went on medical leave, so the truck will sit for a month :-)

Seriously. I only have a 3.5 mile commute to work, so there is not really much we could do better. I thought about riding my bike to work, but there is a 1 mile stretch that is really dangerous, so that's probably out.

One thing I do for my Disney trips is do things like MyPoints, and Memolink for gas cards. This last weekend trip to WDW I had $175 in free gas, and I used credit card points to pay the actual Disney bill.

EVERYTHING that possibly can goes on the points card (not Disney Visa, not worth it), and then we pay for Disney trips with the points.

thinking about the Disney Visa and then putting the AP renewals on there next summer.

ntsammy5
07-20-2008, 08:12 PM
I ride the bus to work and my van only had 2,000 miles put on it for the last 12 months - Bills tailgate parties and camping.

RNmomnFL
07-20-2008, 08:24 PM
That's one disadvantage to living in a more rural part of FL...it's a drive to go anywhere. But you gotta love the privacy. :)

g8trmom1
07-20-2008, 08:56 PM
I've been condensing my trips, and trying to get all my stops in one trip. I have to say, this summer has been bad, we are going stir crazy in the house. Every time I take the kids somewhere, it costs $$, so we've been staying in alot. I've been big on cutting coupons since last November, and I am much more cognizant of sales and combining them with the coupons.

LONE-STAR
07-20-2008, 11:58 PM
The instructions in the owners manual say if you get a flat, just pull into the closest Dunkin Donuts for a spare.

You would be out of luck around here no Dunkin Donuts for 60 miles but funny:rotfl2:

Ahh,, so What you are saying is ,technically, the Smart car could be used as a police patrol as well.:rotfl2:

:lmao: :rotfl2: :rotfl:

Born 2 Fish
07-21-2008, 06:24 AM
Still bumming rides from my neighbors.