If you’re a college student, then you know the pressure and crunch of saving money. After all, us college students need money for books, tuition, and room and board. However, many college students like to have a car on campus. It can make getting around easier, as well as getting home and out of town more convenient. While having a car is nice, it can be expensive, especially when it comes to gas. But there are some great ways to save gas and money on gas when you’re a college student. Here are some great tips!
Use Public Transportation
Luckily many colleges and universities across the country offer public transportation for free or for a reduced cost to their students. Public transportation is both a green alternative to driving, as well as cheaper in the sense that you’re not paying for gas. What’s even better is that you won’t have to worry about always finding a parking spot and buses can run early in the morning or late at night, which is good for classes with odd hours. If you’re looking for information on your school’s public transportation system, try browsing your college’s website or contacting resident life.
Ask for Cash
During my first semester at college I didn’t have a car. I finally got one in January and as soon as my friends found out they were asking me to drive them everywhere. While I did it the first few times, I decided that I needed to ask for gas money. If you do give your friends rides to different places don’t feel bad about asking for gas money. Gas can be pretty expensive and most people don’t mind chipping in a few dollars for a ride somewhere, especially if you go to school in a rural area and what to go to a nearby city.
Plan Your Trips
Sometimes late night trips are fun and sometimes running errands is completely necessary. However, if you don’t plan your trips, you may be wasting gas and money. If you need to run multiple errands, make sure your stops are near each other. You may be wasting more gas than you think if you run into town and stop at places that are across town instead of down the street from each other.
Get a Bike
Bikes are really making a comeback on college campuses across the country. They’re an easy and quick way to get to class, not to mention they’re a great investment. I use a bike during the fall and spring months and switch over to walking during winter. Even if you don’t want to completely give up your car, it’s a great idea to get a bike anyway for the days that are nice.
If you do have to buy gas, then make sure you shop around for the best prices. Gas prices can fluxuate so much that you may need to drive to a different gas station. Even though the difference may only be a few cents, it may be a good idea when it comes to saving money. One of my favorite websites is GasBuddy.com. Here you can search any city for the cheapest gas prices, even smaller college towns.