Our work place is in a high cost-of-living area (San Diego), and nobody lives within 12 miles of the office (mostly due to the high cost of housing). Mass transit is available but coverage is extremely sparse- there are no direct bus routes and the bus has extensive gaps in coverage (up to 60 min between bus routes, even during rush hour). As a result, most of us drive a solo car in to the office. Some of us bike or go multi-modal (car + train/lightrail + bicycle) a few times per week, but in the end we all spend a lot on fuel getting us to and from work.
I have plenty of time on my trips to and from work to contemplate the cost of commuting. On one of my recent commutes I heard a radio ad claiming, “If your car gets 20 mpg, buy a new Lemona and the gas savings will make your car payment for you!”. I also went to the local San Diego Auto Show recently to sit in a couple of the new model cars. Note that the Monroney (window) sticker shown above (upper right hand corner) implies the MPG will save you big bucks over 5 years. (Continue Reading…)
I live in California, where gas is pushing 5 bucks per gallon at present- Yikes!
I’m not going to let Gubmints become ‘one of those’ blogs where each weekly post is brought to you by the MegaBank Rewards Credit Card, showing you how to sign up for the latest reward bonus… blah blah blah.
That being said, I’ve had the PenFed Platinum Rewards Card for 3 months now, and I’m quite happy with what it has given me so far:
- 25,000 point bonus ($250 cash equivalent)
- 5 points/cents per dollar spent on Gas
- No annual fee
At $4+ per gallon of gas, 5% back is 20 cents off of every gallon. By simply using this card exclusively to buy gas (the family burns through about $400 bucks/month in fuel), we already have enough reward points to do a huge grocery run! There are tons of other flexible reward options available, including a pre-paid Visa card.
You don’t even have to be government or military to join PenFed… just join the ‘National Military Family Association’ for $20.
You’re already buying gas, so why not get it for 20 cents per gallon cheaper? Leverage this card with the GasBuddy app, and you’ll laugh each time you drive past the long gas lines at Costco!
After having some back problems a little over a year ago, I switched to ‘barefoot’ style footwear after reading the 4 Hour Body. I’ll never wear ‘high heels’ again for walking or running!
After trying a few minimalist/barefoot styles (Sanuk among others), I’ve become a fan of Olukai shoes for their comfort and durability- the only drawback is the price.
A fellow Fed saw my shoes and asked where I bought them. This pair I had bought at REI because I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.
He mentioned to try GovX.com for a ~40% discount. What a great site! They have all kinds of stuff there, from Alpinestars to Zamst. Eligibility for GovX is open to Feds, Active Military, and Vets.
If you have a current .mil email address, use it for instant registration (don’t worry, you only give the .mil address for registration- you can still give your webmail address for communication. I did and have not been spammed by GovX yet). If you don’t have a .mil address there is a method to upload a copy of your DD214 to gain access to their catalog.
Happy Bargain Hunting!
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