“gas prices”

Ka-Ching: Home Heating Costs to Rise

Posted on 10/9/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsGet ready to pay more to heat your home this winter. Prices for natural gas, electricity and propane are projected to rise. That means about 90 percent of 116 million U.S. households will be shelling out more to stay warm from now through next March, according to forecasts by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Here’s what you’ll be paying in total over those six months: Natural gas customers: an average of $679 …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/24/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun… 1. Howdy Doody (and Van Gogh) could help save Detroit. (Learn more at AARP) 2. The YouTube sensation “Grandma Drummer” has revealed her identity. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A stench like rotting flesh from a blossoming corpse flower attracts not only bugs but humans, too. (Learn more at Washington Post) 4.  The days of $3 a gallon gas are gone for good.  (Learn more at AARP) 5. “Silver shoplifting” in Japan has doubled since 2002. (Learn more at Portland Press …

Wave Goodbye to $3 Gasoline

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsFirst the bad news: Gasoline prices are at a summertime high. Now the really bad news: Sometime soon we might look back on these as the good old days. AAA’s Chris Plaushin, testifying on July 16 before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said prices may never go below $3 a gallon again. The next day, prices inched up to an average of $3.66 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to Michael Green, who tracks prices for AAA. That’s …

Save on Gas When You Travel This Summer

Posted on 04/9/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsGas prices these days remind me of temperatures across much of the country: way up one day, down the next, then up again. See also: Take our gas savings quiz! But just as certain as the fact that summer’s heat will eventually arrive in full force is the fact that, over time, gas prices will only continue to increase. You don’t have an economist — or even a cheapskate — to figure out that petroleum is finite resource. As supplies …

10 Easy Ways to Save — Now

Posted on 02/25/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWe’re taking home smaller paychecks now that higher Social Security payroll taxes are back. At the same time, gas prices are spiking and causing a ripple effect on other goods and services that rely on transportation. One oil company executive says we shouldn’t be surprised if the price per gallon hits $5 in the coming weeks. It’s a familiar saga. Our budgets are squeezed. We’re forced to do more with less. To minimize the sting of higher prices, and to help …

On The Road Again, With These Apps

Posted on 07/26/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyThe dog days of summer can be great for traveling.  But if you want to enrich the experience, grab your smartphone and load up on a few great apps before you hit the road. If you are driving, be sure to have the GasBuddy app front and center. (Operated by your helpful spouse, of course – don’t do this while driving!) This app uses your smartphone’s GPS device to pinpoint your location and gives you the rundown of service station …