Didn’t you just fill the tank honey? What do you mean you are on empty already? If you’ve heard these lines before don’t despair, so have I. Everything around us is going up except the numbers in our bank account.
In Canada every street corner adorns a petrol station with your choice of price. Take your pick, spin the bottle or take a chance that the station you chose will do the least damage to your budget.
How depressing is that? Driving up the road after filling your tank realizing you could have saved $5.00 down the street. It was clear I needed to do my homework before I went a bit nutty.
I managed to come across this website where you can check-in on the prices around town Ontario Gas Prices. Sounds great doesn’t it? Sure if you make it there on time but still a great reference.
I remember 6 years ago when gas was 75 cents a litre and I thought it was great compared to my mates overseas. When I over-heard people complaining in Canada about how expensive gas was I remember thinking, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
In the UK I drove a teeny weeny Ford KA 1.3 litre and it cost me a fortune to fill, about 35 pounds back in 2006 at 2.35 to the Canadian Dollar that’s a whopping $82.25(C). Are you still complaining? How’s that for a bargain? Yeah right. The only perk is endless roundabouts maybe Canada could learn from, less stop and go.
No one had the proverbial people carrier or minivan in the UK like most Canadian families. Who could afford to fill the tank unless they had money in the bank they didn’t mind burning.
To fill the tank of a Dodge Caravan in Ontario you’re looking at around $75 a tank in 2012. Fill that a few times a month and you might think twice before heading out to window shop on a Saturday or Sunday with the family.
When I landed back on Canadian soil in 2006 the glory I once felt at the pump sunk at an exponential rate right into 2012. I’m sure all Canadians can agree we work to fill our tanks. On many occasions I’ve set out across town only to find out the price had changed on what was a sure thing. So, I have to ask myself is it really worth it for the 2 or 3 cent difference at the pump to chase the $$$ dream.
But Wait.. that’s not all folks! It gets better!
Did you know you could even get coupons sent to your email from Canadian Tire for x amount cents off the pump price? Wow, what a great deal, bet you didn’t open that email right?
Well I did and I’m happy to say I saved myself the trek across town and a few cents at the pump just for printing a coupon. Is this the new way to get cheaper products now. There really is a coupon for everything.
Perhaps the end may be near for Canadian Tire Money from our wallets we welcome the weight of coupons to take its place.
Do you know most families Price Match now?
Note to Retailers: If you haven’t seen me around lately it’s because I’m spending all my money at the store that accepts all coupons and price matches! Get a load of that! One stop shopping and saving time, fuel and money.
Maybe that’s why Sears has finally woken up and has slashed prices on thousands of items. How else can you compete with the big box retailers like Wal-Mart? Canadians just don’t have the money to pay for over priced items any more.
Credit Cards and lines of credit cannot be the third income in a family. It has to stop Canada! We all need to start budgeting and using our heads with our finances. No one will feel sorry for you,not even the credit companies.
Some tips I can offer to help take a load off your budget while filling the gas tank might seem redundant but is necessary for fuel economy.
Tips for Saving at the Pump
- Maintenance is very important. Make sure your spark plugs are checked and all fluids are topped up for best fuel economy.
- Ensure tire pressure is checked often especially in the winter or change of season. Not enough air in your tires makes your vehicle work harder and costs you more money.
- You might also want to make sure your tires are up to snuff otherwise you may need to buy new ones.
- Check on-line websites for up to date gas prices in your community to get the best bang for your buck.
- Use loyalty programs at your local petrol stations for free gas or in-store items.
- Don’t make frequent trips to the station, if you need to fill it, then fill it once. The more trips you make the more money it will cost you in the long run.
- Buy a diesel or standard vehicle or any of the new efficient hybrid automobiles available today
- Don’t start your engine in the winter and let it idle for too long just to warm it up, this costs money.
- Use your cruise control on flat highway trips and drive at a consistent speed in the city. When you accelerate up and down, your gas tank goes down, down, down.
- In the summer open the windows instead of using the A/C
- Plan your shopping trips in advance. If you know you are going to the dentist on Monday plan to do all your shopping on Monday instead of making another trip out.
I’m sure there are many other tricks to saving at the pump but those are some that I follow with our vehicles.
My last tip is to shake it until it’s empty- the gas pump that is, because you’re paying for it.
Happy Saving Folks! Mr. CBB
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