Risking Death To Save Money? Day 2

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I learned today that if you want to save money by driving your car at a fuel efficient speed on the highway to get the most miles per gallon, you do so at your own risk. You will also have an untold number of angry driver’s violently making obscene gestures in your direction including a number of old ladies…

On the first day of this minimum wage challenge I mentioned that I was able to escape the day without spending any money. Several readers pointed out that although no money went out of my pocket, I used gas when I went to visit Montezuma Castle national monument which I would eventually need to pay. While that isn’t the case in this situation (I will explain below), I


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14 Responses to Risking Death To Save Money? Day 2

  1. mbhunter says:

    I’m obviously out of touch. You’re back in the states for a while now?

  2. jeffrey says:

    Yes. I have been back in the states for almost 2 years now.

  3. Chris says:

    The price of postage is going to go up in a few weeks.

  4. Fe2o3ez says:

    If I were in your sister’s shoes, I might balk at the non-inclusion of the $30 for gas. Strictly speaking, if you will be counting the gas as a business expense, then you should have revenue associated with it (otherwise it is just a hobby expense, from a tax perspective). So, are you counting the revenue from your blog against the amount of minimum wage money you are pulling in? Do you get reimbursed for the expenses? How do you get paid with this National Parks blog deal? I’m curious.

  5. no matter which lane you are in, there is always going to be someone upset that you are slowing them down. I would be upset if you were in any of the other lanes, but I let people go as slow as they want in the slow lane, that is why it is called a slow lane!

  6. jeffrey says:

    You’re absolutely correct. If I did not have any revenue coming in from the blog, then I wouldn’t be able to deduct the $30 as a business expense and it would be considered a hobby (and thus that money would have been considered a personal expense). Yes, the blog makes money. Since it does, I get reimbursed for expenses it takes to run the blog up to the point it generates revenue.

  7. jeffrey says:

    It looks like I will have to spend some money to make sure the postcards get there when that happens.

  8. creditcardfree says:

    Just reminds me why I don’t like fast traffic!!

  9. J.R. says:

    You might also have had legal issues with going 55 on the highways depending on your state’s minimum speed of highways. In my state 55 is the slowest that you can legaly drive on the highway and as most car’s speedometers are set to read a couple of mph’s higher then you are going, if you think you are going 55 then you are going 52-53 and could be pulled over and ticketed.

  10. Wow, the petrified forest looks amazing. If I drove 55 on our local highway I would no doubt be rear-ended within minutes or have a line of huge trucks lined up behind me. LOL

  11. Darrell says:

    Sure, driving 55MPH saves over driving 75MPH, but for most cars, the ideal speed for max fuel economy is 40-50MPH (see http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/fuel-economy/question477.htm).

  12. jeffrey says:

    I’m sure my car would be on the side of the road in pieces if I had tried driving that slow…

  13. Gailete says:

    I think it is sweet that you are sending the post cards to those girls. They will always remembering the joy of snail mail that many kids will never have.

  14. Jennifer Hayes says:

    Driving below the speed limit can be done without danger but a few techniques have to be used to do it and it does take more concentration. I have experience of this because of my passion for underpowered vehicles.
    First, make sure you are driving slightly over the centre of the lane towards the next lane, not the hard shoulder.
    Second, when you see someone approaching from behind, pull over a little bit, this particularly works with lorry drivers as they see it as a courtesy and know they have permission to overtake you.
    Third, if someone is too close for comfort… slow down… you have to be brave to do this, but they soon get the message you’re not going to be pressured…
    Fourth, always remain calm
    As a result of doing this my fuel consumption goes from 55 mpg (remember, underpowered vehicle, small engine, low fuel consumption) to 70mpg.
    Well done for your attempt, I don’t blame you for ‘cancelling’ this part of your ideas for economy, but if you have a free hour or so, it might be nice to try out my technique which has served me very well over the years, and see if it works outside Europe.
    Just an idea.
    Have fun.

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