Depending on the frequency and distance you drive, you’re likely filling up your tank at least once a week, maybe even twice. This is pricey! Here are a few ways you can start saving money on gas today:
Gas is one of those monthly costs that add up quickly, as many of us find ourselves commuting to work, the gym, school, and running errands on a daily or weekly basis. Depending on the frequency and distance you drive, you’re likely filling up your tank at least once a week, maybe even twice. This is pricey! Here are a few ways you can start saving money on gas today:
- Sign up to save at gas pumps. If you have a favorite gas station, look and see if they have a rewards program you can sign up for. Fuel Rewards with Shell Stations saves gold members 5 cents per gallon. Check with your phone carrier if they have deals with a certain gas station. For instance, T-Mobile offers its customers an additional 10 cents off Shell Station gas, if they are a Fuel Rewards member. 15 cents a week is great savings!
- You can also join a wholesale club like Sam’s Club or Costco for extra gas savings. If you’re not keen on paying for a membership to these stores, see if your grocery store has any savings on gas. Kroger offers its Plus Cardholders 10 cents off for every 100 points they accumulate from purchasing items from Kroger stores. This could be a great option for you. And if you want a bit of savings from most gas stations, use a gas card from GasBuddy or another company and save each time you fill up – at any gas station.
- Take advantage of not driving. If there are places you can get to by walking, riding a bike, taking a city scooter or any other means of transportation, do so! These are great ways to save on gas and also work your body a little harder. Walking is not only good for your wallet but great for your health. Get those steps in!
- Drive smarter. This may be the most difficult of these ways to implement in your life. Aggressive driving – hard acceleration, harsh braking, and high cruising speed – attributes to poor gas mileage. Toning down these aggressive habits will be better for the longevity of your car and your wallet.
Keep in mind that keeping your tire pressure at the recommended PSI can also provide better gas mileage. Keeping the recommended PSI also improves safety on the road and lessens the wear on your tires, ideally saving you money on tire replacement costs.
The cost of gas is generally unavoidable for the majority of us, so we hope that these tips can help you start saving money as soon as possible. For greater savings, and if you’re financially able, hybrid and electric vehicles will definitely give you the most cost savings in terms of gas. But for those who aren’t there yet financially, get to saving in the way(s) that you can!