May 13, 2022

4 Ways to Save Money at the Gas Pump

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The exploding nature of gas prices, up 50% from May 2021 to an all-time high average of $4.62 per gallon over Memorial Day weekend in 2022, has caused people to say that it’s their top travel concern any may affect their summer plans.

While you won’t be able to roll the prices back any time soon, there are ways that you can ease the pain at the pump—even if it’s just by a little bit.

Centers Health Care has four tips on how to save as much as you can when filling up.

  1. Stick With Regular Unleaded if You Can

Unless your car specifically requires a higher grade of gasoline, skipping the premium option usually makes no difference in most cars. Using regular unleaded unless specifically required after a fuel injection cleaner or any maintenance like that can save you around 20 to 40 cents per gallon.

  1. Look for Rewards Programs at Gas Stations

Competition among fuel service brands has increased in recent years through rewards programs. Exxon Mobil, 7-Eleven, Wawa, Shell, and other major brands offer rewards that can take anywhere from a few pennies to 15-20 cents off a gallon of gas.

  1. Up the Ante With a Rewards Credit Card

The programs we mentioned above are free, but you can save even more by signing up for a credit card from a major fuel brand. And to truly take advantage of the savings, be sure to pay the bill on time each month to avoid costly interest charges.

  1. Use Apps to Find Cheapest Prices

Apps like GasBuddy and Waze will show you where the best prices are in your area. Typically, stations on and near highway exits are going to be more expensive. But don’t go too far out of your way to save a few pennies, as the fuel you burn getting to a cheaper station may negate any savings at the pump!

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