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Finding Cheap Gas Prices in the USA

Updated on March 24, 2018
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Angela, a lover of saving money, has found many ways to save money and eager to share them with her readers.

Want to find the cheapest gas station in your area? Go to one of these awesome websites and compare the prices in your area.
Want to find the cheapest gas station in your area? Go to one of these awesome websites and compare the prices in your area. | Source

Top 4 Gas Comparing Websites

Finding cheap gas is a must have in a society that travels an average of thirty miles to work each day; therefore, it is important to know how to get the cheapest gas without having to travel too far. Here is a list of the top four sites that will give insight and comparisons towards the local gas prices in any area of the United States, with a listing of their unique qualities: from giving directions to the nearest station to how to use less gas while driving.

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#4 Automotive.com

Automotive.com:

Although automotive.com specializes in selling new and used cars, they also have an informative feature that lists all the prices of gas in your city.

Pros

  • lt is all the prices of gas in your city

Cons

  • a lot of point and clicking (first click the state, then county, then city, then zip code.
  • no zip code or city search
  • gives only the prices of the city or cities you select, and not prices in the surrounding areas
  • lacks ease of use
  • provides only a limited regional view

Although as a gas checker this site is limited, automotive.com is still an excellent site. It contains a lot of great information and advice on loans, insurance, amongst other things. One of my favorite features is the loan calculator, which provides a rough idea of what the monthly payment will be on a particular loan amount and term.

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#3 Gasbuddy.com

Gas Buddy:

GasBuddy.com provides the average gas price in your state, as well as whether gas prices are rising, falling, or remaining the same. One of my favorite tools on this website is the ability to find out how much gas will cost you on your trip to basically anywhere.

The one limitation, which is the reason it only ranks number three on the list is because when the city or zip code is input, only the gas stations in your zip code are shown. It is nice to have the gas prices of surrounding areas, in order to make the best choice.

Another perk to this website is that it will give you the directions to the nearest gas station from your current location.

One of the best features is that it also offers a gasbuddy app for your Kindle or Kindle Fire.

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Some of these sites give great advice on how to use less gasoline.
Some of these sites give great advice on how to use less gasoline. | Source

#2 Autos.aol.com

AOL's Gas Pricing:

AOL's Gas Pricing is very straightforward. You can either input your city and state or your zip code, then it will provide you with the gas prices in your area and the surrounding areas. Since it does not do it by exact address, it does not allow you to see which gas station is closest to you. Another feature that it lacks is that it does not provide you with a map to the gas station you would like to go, although you may click on a link that will redirect you to mapquest.

It made number two on the list, because it includes great gas saving tips, as well as which vehicles offer the best gas mileage! The website is similar to automotives.com, in that it includes listings of new and used vehicles across the US. You can search by make, zip code, style, or even your personal lifestyle.

Other great features include what the estimated cost of a particular repair on your vehicle would be and where you can go, as well as car safety advice and do-it-yourself tips.

#1 Gasprices.MapQuest.com

MapQuest's Gas Pricing:

This website is rated number one because it has a great layout and provides a lot of great features.

This is the only site that will compare the gas prices in the area you input as well as all surrounding areas. It also gives you directions to the nearest station, just by inputting your current location. This site is ideal for road trips.

It is tied right into mapquest.com. All you need to do is input your current address or position and it will show you the cheapest gas price in your area, which ones are closest, as well as all of their competitors.

The website also tells you where in the US has the highest and lowest gas price. Right now, Memphis, Tennessee has the lowest gas price at only $3.03, whereas the most expensive gas costs $5.76 in Death Valley, California, which is even more expensive than in Hawaii.

Another great features is the gas calculator. It tells you how much gas is going to cost on a particular trip at any given price.

Gas saving websites are incredibly useful. It is a great idea to bookmark them on your phone, in case you ever are in need of a low cost gas station nearby. These four websites are just a few of my favorite websites that will help save money. All of these great sites have awesome features and are worthy to be noted. Some may fit better for you than others, but as far as ease and thorough information, gasprices.mapquest.com, will give you what you need.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      That's a whole dollar for ten gallons!

    • trusouldj profile image

      trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

      Right now in Munster, Indiana it is $3.84 at Speedway and $3.74 at the station across the street on Ridge Road near Wentworth.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you Denise!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Gas Buddy gets my vote because there is an app for the smart phone. We've travelled recently and have used it in the two states we've been in and have not been disappointed.

      Great article and I love the precise review info you've offered. Up and Useful

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great hub! The more people who buy gas based on which station has the lowest price, the more price competition there will be, and thus (hopefully) lower prices! I use gasbuddy, and it is very handy.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing the warning jellygator. I have not had much trouble with it here though.

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      I love GasBuddy on my iPhone, but I've learned that sometimes it shows a price that could be a dime lower than other stations nearby. When that happens, I've discovered it's usually because the station is currently out of gas or recently closed.

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      Handy information. Always great to find a bargain on stuff we must buy.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks everyone for your response. I wish I was more knowledgeable about what causes gas prices to rise and fall. I just know the joy of finding cheaper gas!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Gas prices in South Florida are higher right now than up north. Good thing I do not have to drive a long distance to any job right now. Great information and I am going to look into the app suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

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      hirundine 5 years ago from Nelson, B.C. Canada

      I find it curious? That war and high gasoline prices, seem to go hand-in-hand? Leaves me with the impression, that just maybe? That maybe, it's a type of collusion between the producers to keep the war pot boiling? They certainly do not care about, you and I. Politicians "on-the-take", through lobbyists and other interest groups. They most certainly do not care whether you and I can afford, the cost of living. They are doing just fine ....Jack! If you care to wade through the minutes of the Bilderburg group. You might find? Where, the elite tell you how much they are going to charge you. .... Cheers!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      We're having a gas war at the corner near where I live. A new Certified station is competing with the Speedway diagonally across the intersection. Certified even lowered its prices on food, like 39 cents for a cup of coffee, etc. Gas price right now is $3.34/gallon.

      It's not like the gas wars on the east side of our town in the late 1960s - one weekend, gas hit a low of 10 9/10 cent per gallon!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      You are lucky!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Very useful hub here. I guess gas here in Alabama is lower than most places. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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