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  • 4 Gas-saving 'tips' that Don't Work

    Fuel saving tipsFuel saving tipsAdvice such as buying gasoline in the cool of the morning or leaving the tailgate down has been tried -- with disappointing results. There are a lot of smart ways to save on gas. For instance, you can use a website such as GasBuddy to find cheaper gas stations in your area, buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle or drive less aggressively so your car uses less gas.

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    These are all proven methods for reducing how much you need to budget for gas, but there are other widely used methods that don't pass the smell test. Here are a few.

    Buy gas early in the morning.

    Gasoline is denser at colder temperatures, so the theory here is that if you fill up early in the morning while it's still cool out, you'll get more bang for your buck -- a gallon of gas bought cold will expand to be a little more than a gallon when it gets warmer. But as we explained in our look at common car

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