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12 Tips on How to Find the Cheapest Gas

Updated on March 26, 2017
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Gas Pump

Nothing is worse than emptying your bank account when filling your gas tank.
Nothing is worse than emptying your bank account when filling your gas tank. | Source

Finding the Cheapest Gas

Gas prices are known to dip just a little, then rise a lot soon after. Gas is necessary for anyone who drives a car, so it's natural we try to find the lowest price possible. Fortunately, there are many ways you can find the lowest gas prices in your area, either on your computer or on your phone. Plus there are ways to save gas so you don't have to fill your tank as often.

This article covers all of those topics so you can save money on gas.

GasBuddy Website

Header for the website GasBuddy, which allows users to find the lowest gas prices.
Header for the website GasBuddy, which allows users to find the lowest gas prices. | Source

GasBuddy Search

Gas prices found throughout a city, with the information being provided by the users themselves.
Gas prices found throughout a city, with the information being provided by the users themselves. | Source

A Zeroed Out Gas Pump

The gas pump ready to fill up a tank.
The gas pump ready to fill up a tank. | Source

Using the Internet to Find the Lowest Gas Prices

Before the internet we had to rely on word of mouth to find out which gas station had the cheapest prices. The internet has given people the ability to find the cheapest gas prices from the convenience of their own home. In a way, this is word of mouth as well. Users spot low gas prices and post it online. This could be done through e-mail, instant messaging, or forums.

However, websites have been set up so users can track gas stations all throughout their area, so they can find the closest gas station with the cheapest price. One of these websites is GasBuddy. There are some things that users should be aware of when using websites like this:

  • Information comes from other users. On sites like this, it's the users that provide the gas prices. While I doubt many would try to give erroneous information, you never know if rival gas stations may try to sabotage another.
  • Information may be out-dated. GasBuddy shows when the information was last updated, so pay close attention to that. Prices can jump in a short time after it was updated. Be careful and watch when the prices were last last updated.
  • Just because gas is cheaper a few miles away, doesn't mean you should drive there to fill up. If the gas station around the corner is a few cents more, it might be wise to fill up there than to drive across town in an attempt to save money on gas, unless you have a reason to go to that part of town.

iPhone GasBuddy App

Images of the GasBuddy iPhone app.
Images of the GasBuddy iPhone app. | Source

GasBuddy

GasBuddy offers an easy to use app to find cheap gas prices.
GasBuddy offers an easy to use app to find cheap gas prices. | Source

Using a Cell Phone to Find the Lowest Gas Prices

Most times you want to save gas when you go out of town either for vacation, work, etc. Since you are in an unknown area, you may not even know where the gas stations are at! Fortunately, there are apps for smart phones that pinpoint where gas stations are and the prices of gas at each station. GasBuddy offers an app for that information, as well as allowing a user to enter gas prices that go directly to the website. The best part is that the app is free and is highly rated.

Fuelly Stats

The information on my Mini Cooper S, showing average MPG and other information that can be tracked on the website Fuelly.
The information on my Mini Cooper S, showing average MPG and other information that can be tracked on the website Fuelly. | Source

More Fuelly Stats

Useful information on my gas usage for my vehicle on the website Fuelly.
Useful information on my gas usage for my vehicle on the website Fuelly. | Source

Fuelly Log Book

Fuelly keeps track of each fill-up on a vehicle.
Fuelly keeps track of each fill-up on a vehicle. | Source

Tracking Gas Usage to Save on Gas

The internet has made it easy to track how much gas you use, how much you pay, etc. The website Fuelly allows you to enter basic information each time you put gas in your vehicle. This will allow you to see information such as:

  • The average miles per gallon for a vehicle.
  • The average price you pay per gallon.
  • How much money you have spent thus far on gas.
  • How many miles are driven on each fuel-up.
  • Potential money saved if your vehicle had better mileage.

The site also allows you to put in notes as well. So if there was an unusual circumstance such as a vacation that required the use of more gas, you can track that as well. This can help monitor your gas usage, how much you are paying, and more.

Gas Being Pumped

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High Gas Prices

High gas prices loom over drivers as they try to find the lowest gas price.
High gas prices loom over drivers as they try to find the lowest gas price. | Source

Protect Your Gas Tank with a Locking Fuel Cap!

Tips on how to Save Money on Gas

There are some ways you can save gas so you don't have to visit the pumps as much.

  1. Buy a gas cap with a lock. This won't help you save on gas, but it will protect your tank from thieves wanting to open up your tank to siphon your gas out. It's a small investment which could save you a lot.
  2. Buy a vehicle with high MPG. This is considered a long term investment. When gas prices started to skyrocket, people turned in their Hummers for sensible cars. Buying a hybrid or a car with high MPG will save a lot on gas.
  3. Plan out your driving. If you have errands to run, places to go, etc. plan out your route accordingly. Google Maps is great at at planning out routes, offering alternative routes, and advising how many miles the trip will take.
  4. Carpool. This requires no explanation. If you can carpool with others to work or other events, then do so. You can also use public transportation.
  5. Lighten your load. The more stuff you leave in your car, the heavier you will make it. This uses more fuel. Empty out your trunk of those heavy items to lighten the load.
  6. Lay off that gas pedal. The faster you go and the faster you try to accelerate, the more gas you will end up using. Slowly accelerate and don't go as fast as possible so you can save a buck on gas.
  7. Break the right way. If you are watching your speed and keeping your distance from other vehicles, then you won't need to break as often. If you are consistently speeding up only to end up stopping soon after, that will burn up some fuel.
  8. Use a GPS. A GPS can help you find your way and limit the amount of time you are on the road. Some of the more advance systems can warn of heavy traffic and plan a new route accordingly.
  9. Do routine maintenance on your vehicle. Keeping your tires properly filled, having them rotated, and regular oil changes will help your gas efficiency.
  10. Don't assume a club or membership will give you cheaper gas. Places like Costco offer gas at many of their locations, but the lines are so long and the price difference so small it may not be worth it.
  11. Use a credit card that gives a high return on gas purchases. Use a credit card that offers a money back on purchases which can include the purchase of gas.
  12. Ride a bike or walk. If your destination isn't that far away, then ride a bike or take a walk. It's good exercise, good for the environment, and saves you money.

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    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi David,

      thanks for this hub on low gas prices.

      i think that it is important to know where the lowest gas

      prices are especially in this ever changing economy.

      thanks again and voted up.

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