How to Save Money At The Gas Pump

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.

I spoke about this topic on my Fox Savings Segment. Watch the Replay Video here:

Use Gift Cards For The Lower “Cash” Price

Most gas stations offer different pricing depending on whether you pay with “Cash” or “Credit”, and the price on the sign is always the lower “Cash” price.

When you use a Gift Card to pay, that enacts the cash price and you get the best deal!

You can usually obtain these right inside the store, or at your local grocery store. Better yet, once you have your gift card, refill it once a month at budget time and use it all month long! That will keep your spending easy to track and you’ll get the lowest price on gas!

Watch for Gift Card Deals

Publix frequently offers promotions to save $10 when you buy a $50 gas card (with a $50 grocery purchase), and there are several gas station options to choose from. That is saving you 20% off of your $50 tank of gas! These deals happen frequently, so keep an eye on the Publix Weekly Ad every week; I’ll alert you when this gift card offer is available. It’s the easiest way possible to immediately save 20% on gas! Wow!

Bonus tip to maximize gift card savings: Get $10 off groceries purchased at Publix by purchasing your shell gas gift card at Publix during their promotion, then utilize the Fuel Perks when using the gas gift card at Shell. Win-Win!

Utilize Gas Station Rewards Programs

Shell Fuel Rewards

  • Save 3¢ per gallon for purchasing gas at Shell.
  • Link a MasterCard, Visa or American Express card save even more.
  • Save an additional 3¢ off each gallon for every $100 you spend using a linked card at a participating grocery store.
  • Save 10¢ per gallon for every $50 spent dining out. You can earn an additional one-time bonus of 5¢/gal for the first $50 you spend dining at participating dining establishments with your linked MasterCard.
  • Save 5¢ per gallon with every $50 you spend on gift cards purchased at Shell stations!
  • Referral Bonus: earn a 20¢/gal bonus (up to 20 gallons) when you have a friend sign up for the Fuel Rewards (that is my referral link, thank you!)

Exxon Mobil Plenti Program

  • Earn points every time you fuel up
  • Earn (1) point for every gallon of fuel purchased (Boost points with offers from Exxon, Mobil and other Plenti partners)
  • Earn (2) points for every $1 spent on non-fuel purchases (exclusions apply; see plenti.com/exclusions for details)
  • Redeem the points when you pay for gas, 1000 points = $10 credit.  You can redeem up to 2500 points in one purchase.

BP Driver Rewards

  • Receive 10¢ off per gallon (up to 20 gallons) for each $100 spent on gas. {equivalent to $2 discount for each $100 spent}
  • Save 15¢ off per gallon (one time Ultimate Status reward) if you spend $300 on BP Fuel within a calendar year. {equivalent to a $3 one time discount on 20 gallons of gas}
  • Reward discounts are valid for 365 days from the date earned.
  • Learn more details about how BP Rewards work.

Sunoco APlus Rewards

  • Earn 2¢ – 10¢ off each gallon of gas (up to 20 gallons) when you purchase qualifying items in the Sunoco convenience store.
  • Check for the current convenient store offers to earn Fuel Rewards.
  • Discounted fuel must be purchased in one single transaction. If you do not purchase the entire 20 gallons in a single transaction, any remaining discounted gallons will be forfeited and the APlus Rewards discount will reset to zero. If you purchase more than 20 gallons, you will pay the posted price for any gallons over 20.
  • APlus Rewards discounts expire on the last day of the month, one month after they are earned. (For example, points earned in June expire July 31st.)

Use Your SmartPhone to Compare Prices

Check out the Gas Buddy App to check for the lowest priced gas station while you’re out and about.

You can sort by closest to you, or lowest price in your area.

It may save you an extra 20 cents PER gallon to go a couple more blocks up the road that’s already on your route!

We always use the app when we travel, we are already in the car thinking about where to stop off along the road.

Credit/Debit Rewards Card:

Be sure to check the rewards on the credit cards or debit cards you have.

You may already be able to save 3% to 5% on gas purchases, or you may get cash back bonuses.

Designate that credit card to use for gas every single time! {Side note: if you are going to use a credit card, be diligent and pay it off in full every month. Otherwise, the credit card interest will negate those savings at the pump!}

You see, usually, any of the reward programs (listed above) only work on the first 20 gallons of gas. So, if you use that up in one tank… you will want to purchase gas for the rest of the month using a credit card that earns you money back!

What About Warehouse Clubs?

I have found that the price of gas at a warehouse club is no different than a regular station.

But there is a benefit when you look at their credit card rewards.

Right now Sam’s is offering a $45 Statement Credit when you get their credit card! And that card gives you 5% back in rewards for gas. And just so you have the competitor info here as well, the Costco Citi card offers 4% back.

Driving Tips To Save Even More On Gas

Drive Responsibly!  As parents, we preach this message to our kids from the time they even think about getting a driver’s license till, well ~ forever!

But, there are some lessons we could all learn.

Yes, safety is always first of course, but are you aware there are some good driving habits we can develop that will also result in saving money at the pump? It’s true!

Consumer Reports found that following these simple rules of driving would improve gas mileage by 1 to 7 mpg!

  • Drive at a moderate speed –  55 mph versus 65 mph will save you up to 7 mpg in gas consumption!
  • Drive smoothly – Avoid hard acceleration, cornering and braking can save you 2-3 mpg in gas consumption!
  • Reduce unnecessary drag – Avoid carrying things on top of your vehicle unless necessary can save up to 35 percent of your mpg! Wow!
  • Use regular grade gas – Some people think always buying premium gas extends the life of their engine. That’s a myth! Unless your car specifies premium fuel you should use regular, which will give you an automatic savings of about 20 cents per gallon! {Consult your owner’s manual to see if premium gas is required for your car.}
  • Warm up your engine – Engines run best and most efficiently when they are warm, so let the motor run a couple minutes before taking off. Consumer Reports’ study found that a driving with a cold engine consumed an extra 4 mpg! Eek!

So there you have it! Many people think there is no way to use their coupon and money-saving skills to save money at the pump, but now you know there are several ways!

YOUR TURN: Do you have some other gas saving/mileage saving tips?  
Please comment below to share them with fellow TrueCouponing families!

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