This past week I (along with pretty much everyone else in the U.S.) paid more for a gallon of gas than ever before in my life — $3.959. After filling my tank and reading an interesting article over at The Good Human, I’ve decided to experiment with my driving style to see if I can coax out a few more miles per gallon.
I’m not talking about doing anything extreme here… Rather, I’ll be focusing on accelerating gradually, anticipating stops to minimize braking, and minimizing air conditioning usage when not necessary (though it just turned hot, so I’m not sure how that will work out). I’ll report back after my next fill-up. Since I typically get very consistent mileage, it shouldn’t be too hard to see an effect.
And with that, here are some articles that caught my eye over the past week…
Â» Save Money on Gas By Learning How to Ride the Bus
Instead of trying to save gas by driving more carefully, combining trips, etc., why not hop on the bus?
Â» How Will My Decision To Stop Drinking Soda Affect Our Finances?
NCN is kicking the caffeine habit. I did the same thing back in late February and haven’t regretted it for a minute. Also be sure to check out NCN’s latest project, 99 Changes, where he’ll chronicle 99 different lifestyle changes that he’ll be implementing over the coming months.
Â» From Bad Investing Habits To Investing Sins: Many Unhappy Returns
This is an interesting bit of behavioral finance that looks at the many pitfalls of being human (and an investor).
Â» Is it the End of 6% Real Estate Commissions?
Apparently the Justice Department has recently reached an antitrust settlement with the National Association of Realtors. Gone are the days of Realtors locking up MLS data and keeping it for themselves.
Â» 29 Free or Low Cost Ways to Save Energy & Money
Nice collection of earth-friendly money saving tips.
Â» Can Saving Prepare Us for the Oncoming Recession?
Whether or not we’re currently in (or entering) a recession, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the economy is in the crapper. Unemployment is up, inflation is up, and housing prices are down (among other things). So how are you dealing with it?
Â» Financial Independence as a Goal
This is an interesting look at how people progress through various stages of financial independence throughout their lives. We’re currently working on the ultimate level: freedom from financial reliance on employment.
Â» Free Summer Movies for Kids – 2008 Edition
Got kids? Check out this rundown of free summer movie promos at major regional/national theater chains.
Finally, Jim at pfBlueprint put together an e-book for recent college grads.