So I did a little experimenting with my gas and my trip to and from school. I typically make one round trip. I stay on campus all day, basically every day. This is because I’m really busy, not because I’m trying to save money although not traveling back and forth multiples is definitely friendly to the pocket.
I drive, on average, about 85 miles a week (14 trips 5.5 mile trips to school + odds and ends trips). Most of the other places I need to visit other than campus and home, are with a mile of school so going to the grocery store does not add that much to my overall mileage.
I am able to make all of this on 3 gallons of gas, so at around 3.79, that’s only a $1.37 over the ten dollar budget I set for myself. My poor father would have a heart attack if he saw this. He’s a mechanic and has lectured me on keeping my gas at least at a quarter of tank. My tank is small, 12 gallons I think. So 3 gallons is not far off from that quarter tank mark. The issue that lies within only putting 3 gallons is is that I never have a surplus of gas in my tank, usually. Unless I don’t drive as much one week. So I’m always on the brink of empty. Which is bad for the fuel pump and that’s not good. Although I have an excellent mechanic who would help me out at any point and never make me pay for repairs (THANKS DAD<3) I know that’s not how the real world works for all of you so this week, I’m taking a chunk of of my groceries (going to eat just leftovers and make due with what I have in my storage) and putting it toward gas. If I put $20 in gas, that should put me at a quarter of the tank after my normal week of driving. This way, I can just put $10 in each week on top of that! I’d much rather eat a little bit more sparsely one week than trash my car in some way!