In 2022, the one major topic of conversation in our households is the price of gas. As many of us venture back into the office and hit the road for road trips (because the cost of flights is dizzyingly high!) filling up is a necessary evil. Despite record-high prices at the pump, there are some ways to save on gas and make that gas last.
1. Scope out the best gas prices in your area. Each gas station is going to have different gas prices. But even if it’s a difference of a couple of cents a gallon, that can add up. Use apps like AAA, Waze, GasBuddy, or GasGuru to locate the best prices nearby.
Pro tip: don’t go too far out of your way, though. You’ll waste gas doing that!
2. Pay in cash. Credit cards are convenient, but the cash price for gas is always cheaper than when you use credit.
3. Purchase gift cards through popular resellers like GiftCards.com or Raise. Some gas companies have gift cards that are then sold on these re-sell platforms.
4. Check your credit card perks. Some credit cards offer 1%, 2%, or higher cashback or points for gas purchases. Make sure you are paying for gas with the best card. Also, read those perks emails that your credit card sends. Some card providers will offer temporary benefits for buying gas with their card (the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card has been doing this lately).
5. Use your wholesale club membership. Places like Sam’s Club and Costco offer an additional perk for their membership – cheaper gas prices! If you’re already paying for an annual membership, this is a perk worth using.
6. Work perks. If you’re just heading back into the office, ask your HR rep for a review of the perks. Some companies offer reimbursement for travel. With gas prices as high as they are, you don’t want to miss out on that perk!
7. Map the best route. When running errands or venturing outside your home, plan your trip strategically to group all your errands into one trip. Minimizing your time on the road can make a huge impact on the longevity of your tank.
8. Do routine checks on your tires. Maintaining good tire pressure can save you a few cents on a gallon of gas.
9. Lighten the load. Avoid carrying heavy items in your car as that is a drain on gas. Same goes for excessive use of AC.
10. Utilize other forms of transit available to you. If you live in a place with good public transportation infrastructure, see if you can start using the bus or train. Another alternative is biking in your neighborhood, particularly if you aren’t going far.
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