It’s True: Premium Gasoline Is A Lot Like Male Enhancement Drugs

The things I do for this blog in the name of personal finance.

One day last month I got into a lunchtime conversation at work with a contractor who tried to convince me he had good reasons for putting premium gasoline in his Toyota Corolla, the biggest of which was that he got better gas mileage.   I found that a bit hard to believe – but more on that in

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Evaluating The Costs of a Longer Commute: When It’s Better to Just Suck It Up

As many of you know, I live in Southern California; cars are king here. Most of us who live in Los Angeles can’t even spell “public transportation.”

That’s why it was big news when I found out my employer was moving 21 miles down the road, effective last December.   That move more than doubled my previously care-free 17-mile commute and I wasn’t too happy about that.

The public transportation system

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Notes from a Car Mechanic: 6 Simple Money-Saving Tips

No, I’m not a car mechanic – I need help filling my car’s gas tank!   This is a guest post from my father-in-law, Tony, who has over 20 years of experience specializing in the maintenance of tractor trailers and cars as a mechanic and shop owner/operator. (He’s also helped me with lots of home improvement projects too — like my hot water heater replacement adventure.)

Thanks, Dad, for filling in

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Does Buying Your Gas In The Early Morning Really Save Money?

I’ve already written about the folly of trying to save a few cents per gallon when shopping for gas.

But did you know there are times when you don’t get exactly what you pay for when you fill up your gasoline tank at the local station?   It’s not that the gas stations are doing anything illegal.   But they are taking advantage of the laws of physics in a way

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Why Shopping For Low Gas Prices Is A Losing Proposition

I know a couple people who will drive five miles out of their way, ten miles round trip, just to save a nickel per gallon. I’m sure you know several folks that might even drive further to save a nickel or dime per gallon.

I never worry about saving a few cents at the pump. When I need gasoline, I usually just pull in to the first gas station I see.

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