Transportation in College: How to Save Money on Gas

It’s no secret that everyone is feeling a financial strain due to the high price of gas. College and college-bound students may be feeling the strain even more, due to the fact that their budgets are usually, shall we say, limited? If you’ve already realized that you won’t be able to spend much on gas when you are in college, here are some options that will help you limit your trips to the gas station:

  • Walk, Ride a Bike, or Skateboard – If your destination is a
    reasonable distance away, walk, ride a bike, or skateboard whenever possible. Not only will these “green” transportation options help you save money, they will also help you stay in shape…even if you order pizza three times a week!
  • Use Public Transportation – Take advantage of your community’s public transportation system. You may be able to get a student or discount pass for a bus, train, or monorail. Not only can you save money, you can also rest or study while someone else is driving.
  • Carpool – Rather than one person using one car to get around town, carpool with friends so that a few people can use one car and all pitch in on gas. You will all be helping the environment, saving money and getting to know each other better.
  • Find a One-Stop Shop – Try to find one or two stores where you can buy everything you need at once. This will prevent you from wasting gas and running around from place to place. Before you go, make a list of what you need so you don’t forget anything.
  • Buy a Hybrid – If you are in the market to buy a new car, you may want to consider purchasing a passenger car or a Hybrid, rather than an SUV or a truck. Passenger cars tend to use less gas and Hybrids can save you money on gas and help protect the environment.


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