I was born in 1990, so when I got my drivers license at 16, it around the time gas prices really started to inflate. I don’t remember what it was like to only spend a few cents per gallon of gas and I guess, now, I never will.
If there’s one thing paying an arm and a leg for gas has taught me though, it’s how to save money on gas. Being a young married family who loves to travel, we’ve had work hard to make our gas budget go further and I want to help you do the same!
If you are looking for the best ways to save money on gas, look no further! These simple tricks will save you the most money on your gas without hardly any work.
Easy Ways to Save Money on Gas
Join Loyalty Reward Programs at Grocery Stores 🏬
One of the easiest, no-brainer tricks for saving money on gas is using loyalty cards for gas points at grocery stores. Many grocery stores link their loyalty cards to their store’s gas pumps or have plans worked out with local gas companies to save you cents off per gallon every time you fill up.
A lot of times, grocery stores will run gas point incentives like if you buy 10 of this item in one transaction, you get an extra 10 cents off a gallon. These points really add up at the gas pump and all you have to do is shop for groceries like you normally do.
Some of the grocery stores in my area that offer fuel perks include; Giant Eagle, Kroger, Shop ‘n Save, Weis.
Next time you shop, be sure to ask your grocery clerk if they participate in any fuel reward programs.
Download Gas Buddy App to Find the Best Prices on Gas ⛽️
I found the Gas Buddy app years ago and I still find it very valuable at saving money on gas. Gas Buddy depends on its users to input gas prices, so you always know the price of gas around you.
With Gas Buddy, you can easily save $.05 or $.10 off a gallon, just by driving to the next exit. Gas Buddy takes the guess-work out of shopping around for gas and gets you the best price, almost every time.
Sign Up for Gas Station Loyalty Cards
While not every gas station offers these, some do. Gas stations like Sheetz offer loyalty cards that reward you just for being a member of their “My Sheetz” card. Every time you scan their card at the pump, you save an automatic $.03 off a gallon*. While this isn’t a lot, it adds up.
If your gas station doesn’t offer loyalty cards, check out their selection of gas credit cards to save more on gas. Some gas credit cards offer introductory prices off a gallon, while others reward you with every so many gallons you pump.
Whenever you sign up for one of these cards, you can really count your gas savings, every time you pump.
Pay With Cash
Next time you fill up your car, check for discounts for paying with cash. Some gas stations like truck stops, actually give a cheaper rate for those who pay for their fill-up with cash instead of credit.
Although the savings isn’t a lot, it will still save you a few cents on your car’s fill-up.
Be Picky About Where You Get Your Gas
I’m terrible for being a “convenient gas pumper.” Instead of shopping around for gas, I pay more (like $.15 a gallon) for gas at the gas station near my house because it’s convenient. If I were to wait to fill-up, I could easily save $.10 – $.15 a gallon.
Just because a place is convenient for you, doesn’t always mean it’s the cheapest place to get gas.
Before you fill up your gas tank, next time, try following some of these simple tricks to get the cheapest prices on your next fill-up.