- Check my tire pressure every two weeks
- Be diligent about car maintenance. I sold my previous car at 207K miles and it would have lasted longer if I had been more careful about certain maintenance tasks.
- Carpool with my roommate to work at least two days a week (every day will be tricky since our schedules can vary wildly).
- Pay off the 0% balance transfer debt on my Chase credit card by Jan 31 so I can start accumulating 3% cash-back for gas purchases.
- Use my Price Chopper grocery store membership card to collect points that will get me a discount at the Sunoco gas station.
- Compare that discount to local gas prices on sites such as gasbuddy.com
- Be conscientious about planning my errands to minimize miles driven.
- Eliminate my occasional habit of "driving around" just so I can listen to music loudly and get some vibration going in my body. Maybe I'll get headphones and dance around my room. heh.
Things I already do:
- Live within 5-7 miles of work, the grocery store, major shopping, and the gym- all places that I need to go to regularly.
Other strategies that would be great for some, but won't work for me:
- Replace driving with biking/walking. Even though I live within just 5 miles of places I frequently travel to, I consider the road conditions relatively unsafe and I'd much rather be in my car.
- Buy a more fuel efficient car. I have a paid-for 7-yr-old Honda CRV. I am not willing to give up all-wheel-drive as long as I live in a part of the country that receives snow for 6-8 months of the year. I am also not willing to give up the easily accessible trunk space of my CRV since I regularly need to transport fairly large items.
Looking forward to bringing that $80/month down a bit!