Gas Apps Could Save You Money as Oil Prices Continue to Surge

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If you’re looking to save money on gasoline during the upcoming travel season — and you will be, trust us — one way to do so is by using gas apps that can help you find the cheapest gas in the immediate vicinity.

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This is particularly useful as prices at the pump approach record highs. The average price of regular gasoline was $4.065 a gallon as of Monday morning, according to AAA — its highest in more than a decade. Prices have surged higher amid a similar surge in oil prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has contributed to global shortages.

GasBuddy estimates that the average price will reach $4.25 a gallon by May, USA Today reported, putting it well above the previous record of $4.11 set in July 2008.

To help ease the pain, many consumers will turn to gas apps to shave a few cents a gallon by finding the best prices in the area.

“When you’re on a road trip, things can get expensive no matter what your budget is,” Sahara Rose De Vore, a Milwaukee-based travel coach and consultant, told US News & World Report. “Everything from accommodations, food, tolls, activities and, of course, transportation, can easily add up.”

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Here’s a look at six gas apps that can help you cut costs, as reported by US News:

  • AAA TripTik Travel Planner: You don’t need to be a paid member of AAA to get this app, which gives you info on all the gas stations in your area and their prices. You can also plan road trips with the app.
  • GasBuddy: With this app, you type in your ZIP code to find gas prices for stations in the area. The app uses reports from users and data furnished by gas stations, so it might not always be 100% accurate. You can also request a free GasBuddy card that might fetch you up to 25 cents a gallon off your price at the pump.
  • Gas Guru: This app shows gas prices in your area and also lets you filter by price, fuel grade and distance. Data comes from the Oil Price Information Service, a fuel-pricing service firm, so prices should be pretty accurate. The app also shows you other businesses in the area in case you need to grab a bite or pick up something from the store.
  • GetUpside: With this app, you can get up to 25 cents a gallon off the pump price. In most cases you’ll have to take a photo of your receipt in the app to get the savings. But there’s another feature, called “check in,” that lets you get the savings without a photo.
  • MapQuest: Most people probably know this app as way to help you find the best and quickest route to your destination. But the app also helps you find gas stations on your route, check prices and choose the cheapest option.
  • Waze: Another navigational app that can show you the nearest gas station, along with its prices. Waze also offers a contactless payment feature you can use at participating ExxonMobil and Shell stations, letting you pay with your phone.

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About the Author

Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

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