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This has been a crazy couple of weeks with gas, at least where I live. We went to the ballet on Saturday, and all along the journey gas stations were closed, their prices were not posted, and bags where over the gas pumps. The three gas stations that were open had lines that were miles long. Haven't seen that happen since the 1970's!  We all need transportation in some form or fashion, but paying for transportation has become very expensive. And God forbid if you have a Hummer, SUV, or a large truck, the pain must be deeply felt. Gas is almost at $5.00 a gallon.  Putting gas in your car has now become a new mortgage payment.  Like everything else in life knowing how to save on transportation takes planning.  Whether you are going on vacation, school, church, work, or running errands – learn to plan it.  Bottom line: in order to be able to afford transportation, you need to plan ahead.  

1. Plan a day to combine your errands into one trip using the most efficient route. It will save you time and money on gas.
2. Drive the speed limit. Driving fast uses more gas. Plus, when you drive fast it wears out your brakes.
3. Compare gas prices.  Purchase the lower grade octane.  Get your car maintained, and make sure your tires are inflated to their appropriate pressure.  

1. Find someone at work, church, or in your neighborhood to carpool with.
2. Ask your employer if they keep a list of employees that are looking to carpool at your company.
3. Join a van commuter club. It is a great way to meet other people and could save you a fortune each month.

1. If you've been with your company for a while ask if you can work from your home.
2. Write a proposal to your boss showing them how your job doesn't require you being in the office daily, and how you can be more productive working from home.
3. If you have a quiet place to work, fax, DSL, computer, and a separate phone with voicemail, let your employer know. That way, it will not be an extra expense for the company.

Saving money on transportation and gas means doing your research in advance!  Determine the best place, time, and price to get gas. Finally, realize to save it will take planning, forward thinking, and plenty of effort.

Sharman Lawson a columnist on Fabulously40, and a financial coach, speaker, and author of the book 12 Steps to Eliminate Debt Forever! Visit her website: [Link Removed]

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