4 Easy Ways to Get the Cheapest Price on Gas

It’s no secret that fuel prices have risen quite a bit in the last few years, despite a lackluster global economy. This is in largely attributable to a combination of geopolitical factors, together with issues of supply and demand. While the world has more than enough oil to last us for a few more decades, prices will likely remain high for the foreseeable future. As a consumer, it is therefore important to develop habits that will minimize the amount you pay for gas.

Here are 5 simple ways to make sure you are always getting the best deal possible on gas:

1. Find the lowest prices online

This is a lot easier to do than you might think. Sites such as Gasbuddy and GasPriceWatch make it easy for you to find out exactly how much gas stations are charging for a gallon of gas. The best way to use these sites is to go to the “Gas Price Maps” page and type in your zip code. You will then seen an interactive map that will indicate the prices at nearby stations. You can even filter the map to only show certain fuel types, such as diesel or premium (see screenshot below).

2. Get a mobile app for your smart phone

Gasbuddy also offers a mobile app you can use to find low gas prices in your area. The app is free, and will allow you to view current gas prices at nearby stations with one easy click. The app is currently available for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Windows.

3. Obtain a membership card

Many club cards, such as the ones offered by Sam’s Club, Safeway, and Costco allow you to get special discounts on gas if you buy from designated stations that are associated with the club. These stations generally have competitive prices to begin with, and coupled with the extra discount you’ll receive, your savings can be as much as ten cents a gallon or more.

4. Refuel when your tank still has enough gas

A good rule of thumb is to refuel when your tank is still about 1/4 full. This way, you will have time to wait until you find a gas station with a low price before filling up.

Other Things to Consider

In addition to finding the cheapest prices for gas in your area, you can save money by improving the fuel efficiency of your car by following these easy steps:

  • Don’t carry around unnecessary things in your car, since the extra weight you will bring down fuel efficiency.
  • Keep your tires inflated at the recommended levels. Both over and under-inflated tires can reduce the mpg you get from your vehicle.
  • Use cruise control when you can, and drive at constant speeds as much as possible.

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