- Rent a 1000 gal. tank instead of a 500 gal. The lowest gas prices are in the summer (according to our delivery man) and if you can afford to fill up once (at the lower price) it will last through the year instead of needing to fill up during the highest months (winter).
- Pre-purchase your fuel at the summertime price. Peter is less thrilled with this option because he says you're paying for a product you don't have yet. What if the company goes out of business for some reason (I don't foresee that happening - but then again, you never know in this economic climate), you're not going to get your money back.
- Ask for a lower price when you call to refuel in the summer. The delivery man said that if you ask for a lower price they will give it to you. He suggested telling them that you found it cheaper somewhere else - which I think is dishonest unless you actually call around and find a lower price. However, I'm willing to do a little calling around if it will save me money!
- Along the same lines, apparently you don't have to have your tank with a company to purchase propane from them - so just like you shop around for the best deals on food or clothes, shop around for the best price on propane. If your tank company will match or beat the price - GREAT! If not, fill up with the cheaper company. It makes sense, I just hadn't thought about it like that before.
I'm linking this up to the Frugal Friday post over at Life as Mom. Check out some of the other great ideas that Jessica and her fellow bloggers have for saving money and being frugal.
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Hi Carrie, Maybe you're doing this already, but our propane company has a 'budget' program that spreads the cost of the fuel over the year. Some of the bennies of this program:
-Locks in fuel price for 12-months.
-No surprises, because each month you pay the same price
-Eliminates rental fee for propane tank (depends on company)
-Perfect for OCD budgeters, like me, who work the numbers several times a day.
Just an early morning, one cuppa joe, idea.
Some great ideas here.. I especially like the one about getting a larger tank and filling it in the summer. Thanks so much for posting these great tips :)ReplyDelete