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Money Saving Gas Tips at the Pump
We’ve all heard the famous idiom: a penny saved is a penny earned; which could not be truer when it comes to filling up at the pump. If only there was a money tree in every back yard, we would never have to concern ourselves with the rising cost of basic, routine necessities. Being that we are becoming more and more cost conscious, I wanted to share some tips that have helped me to save money at the pump. Hopefully, you will find these tips beneficial, convenient, time saving, and money saving.
1) Frequently clean out the inside of your car and the trunk of your car. We surprisingly accumulate and transport excess content inside our vehicles and in our trunks with the expectation that we'll remove it when we get where we're going; but somehow never get around to doing it. Transporting extra, unnecessary cargo causes the vehicle to weigh more and thus burn more gas.
2) Consider getting a Sam's Club or Costco Warehouse annual membership. Sam's Club minimum membership is $40 yearly. Two household members may share the same account; thus reducing the cost to $20 per member. Costco's membership works the same and is $50 annually. However, the savings at the gas pump more than pays for either of the memberships. Both offer high quality, clean fuel that burns well in your vehicle. Many Sam's Club stations do not sell the mid grade gas; only regular and premium. However, the cost per gallon is generally $0.12 to $0.15 cheaper per gallon at both Sam's Club and Costco Warehouse than at other stations. You must have a membership card to use their gas stations.
3) Many grocery retailers reward loyal consumers for their in-store purchases with discounted gas or fuel perks at their gas stations or at participating stations like BP and Sunoco. Some chains that offer fuel perk reward programs are Kroger, Pick ‘N Save, Bi-Lo, United Supermarkets, Giant Eagle, Copps, Rainbows, Stop & Shop, and Martin’s.
4) Compare gas prices for your area using online sites such as gasbuddy.com and gaspricewatch.com.
5) In some regions, Sprint Gas Stations offer a $0.10 discount per gallon on premium gas each Sunday and Tuesday. If there is a Sprint Gas in your area, check to see if they offer the discount. Not all do, but to find one that does is well worth the effort in savings. Participating Sprint Gas locations generally display the discount on their station's billboard or signage.
6) Make sure to keep your tires properly rotated and inflated.
7) Never top off your tank. When the nozzle clicks; stop pumping. Overfilling your tank may cause the extra gas to evaporate or be fed back into the station's storage tank. It can further be harmful to your car's emission, and harmful to the environment.