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The Christmas season is undoubtedly one of the busiest times of the year. With work, school, and social activities in full swing, people are out and about all the time and at all hours of the day.

While you are enjoying yourself Christmas shopping and attending holiday parties, you are also spending a considerable amount of money. Obviously, you are spending money on things like food, gifts and decoration, but one area that most people overlook is how much they are spending on gas for their vehicle.

Since everyone in your household tends to be engaged in more activities than usual, your vehicles are on the road more often which leads to you spending more on gas. Amid all the holiday cheer many people lose track on how much money they are spending on gas during Christmas.

No one wants to look back on their expenses for December and see that they spent way more money on gas then they should have. But the good news is that there are a number of ways that you can save on gas during Christmas.

1. Car pool: Carpooling will cut costs on gas. If you know you are going to the same event, party, or shopping center, why not go together. You will not only save money, you will also have the company of others to enjoy.

2. Host Christmas dinner: Many people drive long distances on Christmas to be with their family. If you want to cut down on gas cost, why not host Christmas dinner this year and have everyone come to you.

3. Enter a contest: Many companies, such as retail stores and auto insurance companies, offer contests where you can win gas cards. Why not enter and try to win?

4. Don’t make multiple trips: Many people go out to the store multiple times during the day. They go grocery shopping and then back home only to go out again to do moreshopping. Why not combine those trips into one and find the best route that will save you time and gas.

5. Don’t forget about regular maintenance: While making sure that your car goes to the shop for regular maintenance will not reduce how much you drive, it will ensure that your car runs more efficiently and will burn less gas as a result.

6. Plan shopping trips together: Everyone needs to go shopping during the holiday season. Rather than going separately, go at the same time. This will reduce the number of trips that you will take.

7. Buy online: Why not skip the crowded stores and buy online. In most cases, you can get everything you need from the store online. Stay home, relax, avoid the cold weather, and shop when it is convenience for you.

8. Keep an eye on gas prices: Part of being a smart consumer is keeping an eye on gas prices in your area. Find out what gas stations have the best prices, and know which days are the best to get gas.

9. Drive during off peak hours: Avoiding rush hour traffic will ensure that you do not get caught up in slow moving traffic, which will increase your gas costs.

10. Ask for gas cards as a gift: If you want to save money on gas, ask for a gas card as a gift. Why not get something that is useful?

11. Use public transportation: Public transportation is a great option during the holiday season. It not only will save you gas money, it will also save you the hassle of driving in traffic and looking for a place to park when you get to the mall.

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22 thoughts on “11 Ways on How to Save on Gas During Christmas

  1. Veronica

    A gas gift card – hehe, I mentioned it in the last post :) #9 is particularly relevant to us in Southern California. Nice tips!

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    1. Jeremy

      Vehicle choice does play a huge role in fuel usage. It’s part of the reason why I opted for a V6 instead of V8 back when I bought my car. It’s not a very fuel efficient model either, but at least it uses a bit less than the V8.

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  2. Grayson @ Debt Roundup

    This is a good list of tips. I wish I had the option for public transportation, but in order to use it, I would have to drive about 20 minutes to get to it. My daily commute one way is 30 minutes, so I would not be saving much there. I do keep up on my car maintenance, since I know how to do it all.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yeah sometimes public transport just doesn’t work out depending on where you live. That’s something I’ve been keeping in mind as I start to look for potential condos to buy. It would be nice to live near an easy commute route. Where I work it is way too expensive to park all day and traffic is too heavy. So I couldn’t imagine driving to work there every day.

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  3. Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    Oh man…I’ve almost done every one of these. We’re not hosting Christmas dinner, but we’re not going anywhere either. :) I’ve asked for gas gift cards for presents, car pooling, not making multiple trips, performing regular maintenance on our cars, and buying things online. I even take the back roads to my office because I get better gas mileage driving 50 MPH than 75 MPH (not to mention there isn’t nearly as much traffic).

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s definitely more than I’ve done to save gas. Then again I’ve barely used any gas lately as I take public transportation to work every day. So there isn’t a whole lot more I could be doing in that respect.

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  4. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Good list of tips! Gas has come down a bit, but is still outrageously priced. My family is visiting us this year, so thankfully we won’t have a lot of gas expense. We do almost all of our shopping online, so that helps as well. I’d probably find myself in jail if I had to go fight the crowds. :)

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    1. Jeremy

      lol about ending up in jail. I can’t stand fighting the crowds either. Sometimes I have so little patience and in the mall it seems most of the people are content to just stroll around blocking everyone’s path. If people could just walk at a normal speed, the crowds could disperse a lot quicker.

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    1. Jeremy

      Exactly…forget all that nonsense and just shop in the comfort of your own home. You’ll find much better gifts, at better prices and save yourself the stress.

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    1. Jeremy

      It is a strategy that makes a lot of sense. We don’t need to rush out of the house for every single errand. A lot of those can wait until there’s something else close by that you need to pick up.

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  5. KIm@Eyesonthedollar

    Sadly, there is no public transportation where we live unless you are a senior citizen. Although there is a lady who lives near me with at horse and buggy. If gas gets up to around $4/gallon, she takes the buggy into town. Top speed is 4mph, so it’s a slow go. She’s retired so that would not be very practical for most, and horses are ridiculously expensive, but one sure way to avoid gas prices.

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    1. Jeremy

      Wow, no public transportation unless you’re a senior?? Sounds rather biased, but I guess they’re the ones that need it the most. The lady with the horse drawn buggy sounds amusing….straight out of the Amish community. I wonder how the overall price would stack up if she were to take that buggy everywhere instead of driving.

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    1. Jeremy

      If that ever happens to me I usually try to just delay the second trip. Luckily I live within walking distance of multiple grocery stores and a mall. So for most stuff I can just go for a walk.

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  6. Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

    We used to spend Christmas day driving from one house to the next. The day would start at 5:30am and finish at dinner time. Christmas would include about 6-7 trips throughout the day and we spent the majority of the day in our car.

    It sucked!

    Now we alternate Christmas between my wife’s side and my side and the driving is significantly reduced which means we can start to enjoy ourselves a little bit.

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    1. Jeremy

      All that driving doesn’t sound too fun. I’ve never had multiple relatives within driving distance. Well there would be some but we’d all spend the holidays together. So it was nice and relaxing without any driving.

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  7. Jacob @ iheartbudgets

    We try to host every year, helps save a TON of cash. Otherwise, we’re traveling like 3 hours one-way! We don’t really go anywhere on Christmas, just hang around, sip hot chocolate, and stuff our faces, so we should be good to go :)

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    1. Jeremy

      Being at home is usually more comfortable too. You still get to sleep in your own bed and not worry about having to pack what you need. When I was a kid we used to alternate going to my aunt & uncle’s house for Christmas. It was about a 3 hour drive each way too. For a kid it doesn’t really matter much though.

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