When I was a teen, I always wanted a little roadster. It only took 30 years of clipping coupons, but I (finally) got mine after years of driving mini vans and suburbans. But even though my “baby” is small, it loves to guzzle the gas, so I have to be careful. How well do do when it comes to saving on transportation?
Q. How many individual trips do you make to the grocery store, department store, discount store, electronic store, the mall, or other shopping venues each week? (Count each individual trip as one and count combined trips as one.)
d) 10 or more
Q. If the speed limit is 65 mph, how fast do you normally drive?
a) 60 mph to 65 mph – I’m a cautious driver
b) 66 mph to 70 mph – I push it just a little
c) 71 mph to 75 mph – I like to keep up with traffic
d) 75 mph or more – I like to live in the fast lane, baby!
Q. How often do you have the air pressure checked in your tires?
a) at least every other week
b) once a month or once every two months
c) once every three to six months
d) Am I suppose to check the air?
Q. How often, per week, do you carpool to work, to the kids school or to other events with friends (meetings, out of town trips, shopping, etc.)?
a) 5 or more – I regularly carpool
b) 3 to 4 – I try to make the driving count
c) 1 to 2 – I’m a taxi mom
d) never – I like to drive!
Q. How often do you shop around for the best price on gas (using an app like TripTik or gasbuddy or going to www.gaspricewatch.com) before you fill up?
a) every time – Gas is too expensive to pay top price!
b) frequently – I pay attention to who has the best prices
c) occasionally – When I can remember
d) never – Who has the time?
Welcome to the scoring section of the Transportation category – Give yourself the following points: every “A” answer = 4 points, every “B” answer – 3 points, every “C” answer – 2 points and every “D” answer – 1 point
16-20 points Thrifty Taylor – Well done, you’re a SUPER SMART DRIVER! When it comes to making sure you get the most bang for your driving buck, you are routinely aware of gas prices, make sure your tire pressure is accurate, carpool to work or school and check out sites like www.gaspricewatch.com or www.gasbuddy.com to get the best prices! You’re not only saving on fuel costs, you’re saving our environment with your conscientious ways—well done!
11-15 points: Low Cost Logan – Good Job, you’re a SMART DRIVER! – You are doing a good job at keeping driving costs down by combining trips on errands. You probably have also figured out that you don’t have to go to five different stores when you can come to your local Walmart Superstore and get everything you need in one place, this saves time and money. There is slight room to improve, but you are in a nice place when it comes to wisely using transportation dollars.
6-10 points: Moderate Morgan – Nice Work, you are a DRIVER! – You might be good at combining errands to save on time and expense and you might shop around for the best gas prices when you have the time. However, there’s always room to improve. By minimizing your trips to a lot of different stores, trying to carpool when you can, making sure your vehicle is well maintained and driving the speed limit, you can save more and become a smart driver!
5 points: Extravagant Emerson – You must love to DRIVE! – If you don’t drive for a living, you might just live to drive! Transportation may be an expensive area because you may be a “taxi mom” whether you like it or not! By slowing down your speed, becoming more strategic in trip planning and checking the air pressure in your tires, you could cut fuel costs by 25% or more! Since gas prices may be on the rise again, now is a good time to make some modifications to your transportation habits to set yourself up to be a one who drives and saves!
Let me know how you save on transportation!
America’s Family Financial Expert (R)