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Old 08-19-2012, 10:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Good luck. Consider the relative value you place on mpg and on your relationship and proceed accordingly.
Ouch! Somedays you get the elavator, somedays u get the shaft...i have the same issue....i have not dared to broach the subject.

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:48 PM   #22 (permalink)
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my gf and i had the same... She's more relaxed with trying new things because i annoy and drag her into things wheather she likes it or not... eventually she'll budge and hop on board! ...she knows the (frequent) crazy things i do, works... and i don't just do them without relative cause.. $$$ is teh biggest incentive for US, as we drive ALLOT! so anything saved goes back into our pockets to do other cool fun "togetherness" stuff instead.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:53 PM   #23 (permalink)
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So what's her weak spot?

Reward system like you have 4 tanks of X mpg...

= spa day for her
= weekend just the two of you
= you make dinner for a week
= ??
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:07 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Look at my Wifey's fuel log, you can definitely see some tanks where I have driven compared to her. But she refuses to look at things or consider ideas if she perceives that I am being a jerk. And she assumes that I am as a default!

I got her weak spot! I have been holding out for just the right occasion. I have never, EVER, no even once given her flowers. My rationale was that only men who were in trouble give them to women and why would I give you something that dies as a token of my love. Odd that she still wants them, she is a florist hasn't she got apathetic to their presence yet?
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:44 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:05 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Withhold sex.

My girlfriend drives my cavalier now. She's 23 and has student loans to pay down. So I broke it down for her in dollars and cents and she understood that. Now I've got her coasting, drafting trucks, she's no pro but vastly improved over her old habits. She use to push the gas while she drove and then brake then gas then brake. Drove me insane.

Tell her you'll put the money saved on fuel towards the vacation.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:22 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Withhold sex.

My girlfriend drives my cavalier now. She's 23 and has student loans to pay down. So I broke it down for her in dollars and cents and she understood that. Now I've got her coasting, drafting trucks, she's no pro but vastly improved over her old habits. She use to push the gas while she drove and then brake then gas then brake. Drove me insane.

Tell her you'll put the money saved on fuel towards the vacation.
I must be going with the wrong women... withholding sex is more likely for for the ladies than the men in the circles i travel in :-:-P
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:17 AM   #28 (permalink)
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If fuel economy is effecting your relationship; break up or divorce them.

You clearly have way bigger problems if you have to develop tactics to force them into following your lifestyle.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:59 AM   #29 (permalink)
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It's not about FE, as such- MPGranger isn't asking her to hypermile, it just hurts him to watch her make 78% of EPA.

I think he's going to have to bite the bullet on this one, though. It's hard to put someone in a sporty little thing and expect them to not use it that way. I think throwing an SG or UG in there will at least let her see the numbers and he should leave it at that.
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I got her weak spot! I have been holding out for just the right occasion. I have never, EVER, no even once given her flowers. My rationale was that only men who were in trouble give them to women and why would I give you something that dies as a token of my love. Odd that she still wants them, she is a florist hasn't she got apathetic to their presence yet?
Flowers are a tough subject, it's been my observation over some successes and failures that a man in a committed relationship should have flowers delivered to his woman's place of business at least two (her birthday and one random day) - and at most 4 times a year. Even if where she works is a flower shop, and especially if you order them from the same shop she works at. Yes, it's $50-100 to do that. Yes it's a lot of money if you think what you're buying is just some flowers.

If you've never bought your woman flowers before, or if it's been a long time... it could look a lot like a pre-apology to a suspicious spouse, but if you're truly clean as a whistle there's not really anything she can do about it - but why's she suspicious in the first place? After you get past that obstacle it's pretty sweet


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Withhold sex.
We all know how that goes... ya' don't pet yer dog, he finds someone who'll pet 'im.

Choosing your battles is probably best, the more freedom you give your spouse the more freedom you can expect (and take) in return. Some folks just will not be convinced to conserve energy - most housemates I've ever had have likely never moved a light switch down or turned off a home entertainment device in their lives, and will go to their graves believing those things turn themselves off like the light in the fridge because I went around turning things off for them.

I know convincing my g/f to save more fuel would be very nearly impossible as she commutes exclusively by bicycle..

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