5 Ways To Save on Gas When Prices Are Too High

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For a short while, gas prices were going down from their peak in June of 2022 before trailing upwards again. If the fluctuations in gas prices have given you whiplash, you’re not the only one. As of Jan. 17, the average cost of gas is at $3.33, following a recent trend upwards. In some states, the price of gas is a dollar over the average, like in California where the average currently sits at $4.43.

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The pressure to save on fuel is as heavy as ever, and fortunately, there are a few moves motorists can make to fill up their tanks without draining their wallets. Here are 5 ways to save on gas.

Use Apps To Find The Cheapest Gas Near You 

Smartphone users should take advantage of apps that show them how much gas is going for at gas stations in their area, which can save money and, potentially, more time driving around (and less gas waste). Check out the apps GasBuddy and Gas Guru. 

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Map Out Your Journey Strategically 

Taking the scenic route has its pleasures, particularly if one isn’t in a hurry, but in times of record-breaking prices at the pump, driving for the sake of enjoyment isn’t a savvy financial move. Instead, drivers should be aggressive in planning their routes to and from work and other essential destinations. Use apps like Waze and Google Maps to find the most direct and fuel-efficient route. 

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Sign Up For Gas Rewards Programs 

Consumers that prefer one gas station chain over another should exploit that loyalty by signing up for that company’s rewards program, which will give users various rewards each time they fill up their tank.  

One can also find similar gas rewards programs at certain convenience stores, chain grocery stores and big-box retailers

Pay Cash 

Some gas stations offer savings to drivers who pay in cash instead of with a credit or debit card (which may carry extra processing fees for the vendor). It’s worth a trip to the ATM to buy gallons with bills. 

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Use a Cashback on Gas Credit Card 

If paying cash isn’t a reasonable option, definitely pay with a credit card that offers premium cashback percentages on gasoline purchases or other perks when buying gas. 

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Nicole Spector is a writer, editor, and author based in Los Angeles by way of Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Vogue, the Atlantic, Vice, and The New Yorker. She's a frequent contributor to NBC News and Publishers Weekly. Her 2013 debut novel, "Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray" received laudatory blurbs from the likes of Fred Armisen and Ken Kalfus, and was published in the US, UK, France, and Russia — though nobody knows whatever happened with the Russian edition! She has an affinity for Twitter.
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