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Last year, I was using the now retired Fuelperks app to regularly get cheap gas and a free tank about once every six months.

When the Fuelperks program ended, I needed to research new options to continue saving on my fuel costs.

Much to my surprise, I was able to figure out some super easy ways to earn fuel rewards that continue to give me one FREE tank of gas each month!

And it turns out that this program is much easier than the retired Fuelperks program ever was! Sweet!

 

Earn Cheap Gas Bonuses By Shopping At Your Local Grocery Store! {Publix, Fresh Market, ALDI and more!}

Every other month Shell’s Fuel Reward network offers a bonus reward when you use your linked MasterCard Debit or Credit card to 15¢ for every $100 you spend at local Grocery Stores in your area.

The $100 is the total out-of-pocket total you spend (the final dollar amount that hits your bank account), but it does NOT have to be in one transaction, you will earn the 15¢ bonus once you get to $100 total.

To quickly find the grocery offers, first, join the Fuel Rewards Program, then, from your smartphone text the word APP to 83835 and once you log in, go to the “Nearby Offers” area.

But I Don’t Have A MasterCard!?!

The majority of the rewards earned using the Fuel Reward Network do NOT require using a MasterCard.

In fact, in my rewards summary below, only 20¢ of the $2 I earned off each gallon were related to MasterCard specific rewards. But MasterCard does have special offers for Fuel Reward Members.

If you are like me and don’t want to get a new credit card, I’ve got another idea for you to still earn that 15¢ bonus from your local grocery store.

Get A Secondary Bank That Uses Mastercard

My bank switched to Visa a few months ago (we have USAA) and in order to get the MasterCard bonuses we opened up a secondary bank account with a local small bank, CenterState Bank which uses Mastercard for their debit cards. Then, we simply linked that account up to the Fuel Reward Network.

Since our CenterState Bank account has a MasterCard, we are earning the rewards every time we use that debit card.

Each month, set up an auto transfer from your normal bank account (in my case that would be from USAA) to the secondary checking account (to CenterState) for the items you want to earn bonuses on. In this case, for your grocery budget.

Not only will you be earning rewards by using the MasterCard from your secondary checking account, but you will also easily keep your budget in check because you’ll only spend out of that one account! (this is called sneaky budgeting… because you don’t even realize you’re doing it!)

If you want to make life easier, once you are a Fuel Rewards Member, you could sign up for the Shell MasterCard Credit Card and then set it up to auto pay the balance in full each month out of your primary checking account (in my case that would be out of my checking account with USAA)… but you’ll need to remember to use IT when you go shopping at Publix. {I would put a sticker on the front of your “usual” Debit card that I use that says… “NOT FOR GROCERIES” as a quick visual reminder to use the other card.}

{Specifically} How To Get FREE Gas Each Month:

See that picture above? That is what I encounter each and every month by using the steps below to earn rewards towards my fuel purchase.

Remember, there is a tax associated with gas that you cannot get out of paying… but I don’t mind paying 20¢ TOTAL to receive 20 gallons of free gas to fill my vehicle!

Important Note: You Have To Use All 20 Gallons At Once

The reward you earn is a discount off each gallon of gas UP TO 20 Gallons, and it must be used at ONE TIME. Since my van only takes between 16-18 gallons (depending on how low I let it get), we either take both cars up to the gas station and park on either side of the pump so that I can hand the gas pump over to my hubby to fill his tank, or we ask a stranger if they would like the remainder of our 2-4 gallons of FREE gas.

We have a really neat story about giving free gas to a stranger while we were traveling that we shared on Facebook Live that will surely encourage your heart as you see how God always provides. Watch it here.

The Step-By-Step Earning Details:

1. Every-Day Discount

By joining Shell’s Network, they give a 5¢ discount off each gallon just for being a member. Brand new members get 25¢ off each gallon as a bonus but I was already past my 30 days, so I only received 5¢ instead of the 25¢ you’ll get by joining here,

2. Link Your Debit/Credit Cards

I linked up three credit/debit cards to earn money on regular purchases:

These do NOT have to be a Mastercard. You can link any card and they will earn rewards too. If you use a Mastercard you will qualify for more bonuses.

(1.) my main debit card
(2.) my hubby’s main debit card
(3.) my Mom’s credit card that she uses to buy gas
I earned 10¢ total last month for making purchases that I’m not sure what they were because of having those three cards linked.

Here are the details from inside my account: You can see that once I spent a qualifying $50, I earned 5¢ per gallon:
{But I can’t tell whose card earned it (mine, James’ or my Mom’s), nor where we shopped either}

3. Restaurant Savings

Again, you can use either a Visa, American Express OR a Mastercard to earn these rewards.

It does not have to be a Mastercard to qualify for the savings.

We ate at a local BBQ restaurant (Bubbaque’s) and spent a total of $50 (including tip) earned 10¢ off per gallon.

My parents ate a couple times at a little organic restaurant near them in Safety Harbor, thankfully they used the same credit card I had linked because that also earned me another 10¢ off!

4. Four Fill-Ups

I always buy Shell gas gift cards when Publix runs their $10 off  gas card promotion.

When you fill up four times in a 30 day period (must be at least 8 gallons each time) you’ll get another Fuel Reward bonus.

Since I use my discounted Shell Gift Card to pay, those rill ups cost me even less!

My Mom & Dad also filled up their cars during the month, so that earned me another 25¢ off each gallon. Score!

5. Grocery Shopping

Every other month you can earn 15¢ for every $100 you spend at a grocery store.

In March this was only 3¢ so it earned me 12¢. But during the month it switched to a 15¢ bonus and I was able to earn 60¢ by shopping at Publix during the last couple weeks of March!

6. Winn-Dixie FuelPerks

I had already earned 20¢ by shopping at Winn-Dixie during the prior 60 days. This option is no longer currently available, however, the 15¢ bonus at grocery stores is WAY better than the old 5¢ FuelPerks promotion I received which totalled 20¢ for the month!

7. Refer-A-Friend

Once you become a member, you can get a “referral link” to share with your friends to earn 25¢ off each gallon.

I had 3 friends join the Fuel Rewards program which earned me 75¢ off! (Thank you, friends!)

8. App Bonus

Also, once you are already a member, watch for them to send you a promotional email to earn a 5¢ reward when you download their app.

This was a super easy bonus because it made it really easy to look up my account and rewards on my phone.

My Rewards Summary For You To Duplicate:

Here is my specific Rewards Earnings Summary so you can see how I earned $2 off each gallon of gas:

5¢ Everyday Savings
10¢ Mastercard Shopping Savings (no idea what specifically this was for, but you can see the details in the image below, when I earned another 5¢ on 3/17/17)
10¢ Restaurant Savings – we ate at Bubbaque’s
10¢ Restaurant Savings – Parents (they ate at an organic restaurant and I earned the bonus for it)
25¢ Four Time Fill-Up Bonus – James & me
25¢ Four Time Fill-Up Bonus – my parents
6¢ Winn-Dixie Grocery Shopping
20¢ FuelPerks earned previously from buying groceries at Winn Dixie
12¢ Grocery Shopping
75¢ Refer-A-Friend (3 Friends)
5¢ App Download Bonus (not sure if this is still available)
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TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.03 per gallon!

So you can easily see how the savings add up in order for you to get cheap gas and the same (or better) rewards too!

Here’s How You Can Save Immediately:

If you are not already a Fuel Reward Member, they offer bonus ways to earn in your first month.

The best way to maximize your savings is to link a Mastercard debit/credit that you will use to grocery shop AND buy your gas.

In the first 30 days of signing up and linking your card here’s what you’ll earn and what you need to do to earn it:

25¢ for Signing Up
5¢ Everyday Savings for filling up with 8 gallons in your first 30 days
10¢ for eating at a qualifying Restaurant (look in your app to see which ones are near you)
5¢ Restaurant Bonus for eating at the restaurant in the first 30 days of signing up
15¢ Grocery Shopping Bonus for using your linked MasterCard and spending $100 total during the month
—-> That will save you 60¢ OFF EACH GALLON! Which is a total of $12 off 20 gallons of gas! Score!

So there you have it, a new surprise benefit for MasterCard users, and the details behind how to utilize a program to earn some FREE gas each month!

You gotta love a program that allows you to do your everyday shopping and earn rewards to get cheap gas!

YOUR TURN: What do you think? Have you been racking up the savings like this too?  Comment below and let me know how it’s going for you!

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