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Whether you’re looking to save money on your next road trip, or just want to reduce your expenses, don’t overlook your fuel costs. If you own a car, especially one that doesn’t get very good gas mileage, then you know how much a full tank of gas can cost. Gas just seems like one of those expenses you have to pay no matter the cost.
While we may not be able to control the gas prices, there are a ton of ways to save money on gas! Here are some great ways to save money on your next fill up.
How To Save Money On Gas
Combine your errands into one trip
Carpool when possible
If you are able to, carpool with a coworker to work or take one car when going out with friends. Not only will this save you on gas, but it will also prevent wear and tear on your vehicle, and help the environment.
Use the car with better gas mileage
If you have more than one car, figure out which one gets better gas mileage and use this car as your primary vehicle whenever possible. We own two cars. While my car is great for destinations where extra cargo space is necessary, the BF’s car trumps mine in gas mileage any day. Whenever we make trips around town or go on road trips, we take his car.
When possible, stay home instead of driving around. There are plenty of fun ways to spend your time at home. Some of my personal favorites are reading, baking, playing board games or video games with the BF, or cuddling up and watching a movie together.
Join a rewards or loyalty program
Some gas stations offer lower prices to rewards members. If you frequent a particular gas station, find out if they have a rewards program. We have a Sheetz membership card which saves us 3 cents per gallon every time we use it! Plus, it cost us nothing to sign up for!
Use a gas prices app
There are a number of free apps you can use to find the lowest prices on gas within a few miles of your location. I would recommend the app GasBuddy. This app keeps tabs on current prices and lets you know where to find the closest and cheapest gas station.
Use a credit card that offers cash back
Most credit cards offer cash back at the pump, which can mean easy savings. Some cards may offer as much as 5 percent cash back! Do some research and find out if this might be a good option for you.
A word of caution: While I think credit cards are an excellent way to not only build your credit, but earn rewards as well, you should only sign up for one if you are able to pay off the balance on time each month.
You don’t have to completely stop driving your car to save money on gas. There are a number of ways you can reduce your final total at the pump, and even earn cash back.