5 Tips to Avoid Paying Full Price for Gas

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With very little effort, it is possible to never pay full price for gasoline. And while this list of tips is by no means exhaustive, it will start you on the right path to savings at the gas pump.

 Purchase Fuel Gift Cards at Office Supply Stores

 Office supply stores usually sell gas station gift cards so if you have a credit card that offers 5% back for office supply store purchases by all means utilize this option. Five percent off your gas equals twelve cents off a $2.50 gallon of gas.

Sign Up for Fuel Rewards

By just signing up for Shell Fuel Rewards you’ll receive a three-cent per gallon discount. Linking certain credit cards can earn you up to ten cents off per gallon and their monthly promotions provide additional incentives and discounts. If you’ve purchased Shell gift cards with a 5% back credit card at an office supply store and fill up with your three-cent discount, you’ll be saving about 15 cents per gallon when gas is priced around $2.50.

There’s a current promotion where linking a Mastercard offers a one time 15-cent discount per gallon. If you’re lucky enough to have a Shell gas station that sells various retailers gift cards, you can receive five cents off per gallon for each $50 you spend on gift cards.

Maximize Credit Card Quarterly Bonus Categories

Registering for the quarterly bonus categories on your credit cards is a no brainer and when the bonus category is gas stations, it makes sense to stock up on gas gift cards. The Chase Freedom and Discover It cards frequently run quarterly 5% bonus categories that include gas stations.

Purchase Discounted Fuel Gift Cards Online

There are several sites that sell gas gift cards at a discount. Giftcardgranny.com, Raise.com, Cardcash.com, Cardpool.com, and Giftcards.com are just a few that offer discounted fuel cards. Giftcardwiki.com is another good site to catch a good deal on a discounted gas card and learn about other hot deals. Even eBay sells discounted gas cards.

Before you make a purchase check Cash Back Monitor to see if any of your purchases are eligible for additional cash back. For example, Ebates.com gives 1% cash back for Raise.com purchases.

Earn Tremendous Gasoline Discounts at Grocery Stores

Grocery stores throughout the country offer discounts and rewards programs towards gas purchases. Safeway Grocery Stores partner with Sunoco stations for their gas rewards program. Savings can be as much as 20 cents off each gallon. Kroger grocery stores offer fuel rewards that can save you up to $1.00 off each gallon of gas and the chain runs occasional promotions that are potentially lucrative.

Other grocery store chains offer gas discount programs such as Albertsons with its gas rewards program and Winn-Dixie with its Fuel Perks program. If you shop at a major grocery chain, you should check to see if they have a gas rewards program.

If you just want to find the cheapest gasoline offered for sale in a particular geographic area, the Gas Buddy App can help you do that. You can then utilize any credit card you may have that gives you gas rewards or cash back.

What other ways do you know of to save money at the gas pump?

Christine Krzyszton

Christine Krzyszton lives in Northern Michigan and travels the world with no predetermined destination in mind, letting airfare prices dictate where she will travel. A points and miles junkie, she prefers to utilize points to offset the cost…
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  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, July 2016
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Travel Purchases

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