Don't pay too much for gas! Find out how to score the cheapest gas prices near you and save more money money with our simple tips.
Gas Prices Going Up…or Down??
What are you paying for gasoline these days? According to this article released by GasBuddy.com, my home state of Ohio saw the biggest price increase this week. Yikes – I'm in shock! 😩 Here are the rest if you're curious:
The nation’s top 10 largest weekly changes: Ohio (+15 cents), Michigan (+11 cents), Indiana (+11 cents), Wisconsin (+7 cents), Kentucky (+4 cents), Illinois (+4 cents), Hawaii (+4 cents), Florida (−3 cents), Idaho (+3 cents) and Tennessee (+3 cents).
The nation’s top 10 least expensive state averages: Mississippi ($2.58), South Carolina ($2.58), Texas ($2.59), Louisiana ($2.62), North Carolina ($2.62), Oklahoma ($2.62), Missouri ($2.64), Alabama ($2.64), Kansas ($2.66) and Arkansas ($2.67).
While gas prices typically go up in the Spring & Summer time due to demand (traveling, vacation, etc), I had no idea that summer fuel is more expensive to make than winter blend fuel. Who knew??
Supposedly, the production process takes longer and the overall yield of gasoline per barrel of oil is lower, so it can add as much as 15¢ per gallon to make these higher-grade fuels. Read more about this here!
Curious about the national average gas prices? Check out AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, updated daily.
With warmer weather and summer road trips upon us, you may be looking for ways to save at the pump?? Keep reading.
Ways to Save on Gasoline
There are so many ways to save on your grocery budget, but saving on the cost of gas isn't always quite as easy! I've been trying to see just how long I could make it on a single tank of gas (right now I'm on day twelve with 1/3 of a tank left . . . ), but today's my errand running day!
I spend most of my time at home working on the computer (sharing all the best deals!), which keeps me away from running errands that may not be necessary. Some days I feel like I miss quite a few bargains, but simply staying home keeps me from spending a lot of money!
1. Set a Gas Budget.
Yep, it's important to set a realistic budget for the cost of gas, just like you plan for your grocery budget. If you notice that you're constantly spending more on gas than you've planned, see what changes you can make in your daily routine to limit your gas expenses.
By the way, if you have the Passionate Penny Pincher Home or Money Planner, you can easily keep track of your gas and transportation expenses for the month right inside on the Budget Worksheet page!
2. Check the current Fuel Pump cost.
Something that's super easy to do is simply check for the best gas prices in your area before you shop. With the GasBuddy Gas Price Map, you can get real time prices in specific areas near you. They also have a bunch of other tools on their website here, like how to find the current gas outages are near you.
🚨TIP – Right now you can get $10 worth of gas for only $5 when you sign up for a free Pay with GasBuddy card that works at 95% of gas stations nationwide! The card saves you up to 25¢ per gallon when combined with station Deal Alerts in the GasBuddy app. Wow!
3. See if your store offers Fuel Rewards!
Occasionally Kroger, Safeway, and other stores offer fuel points (like Kroger's occasional 4x Fuel Points program) or discounted gas cards when you spend a certain amount in groceries at their stores. You can also get everyday discounts at the pump with grocery store's Fuel Rewards program powered by Shell!
Here are a few more stores that offer fuel rewards:
- Kroger – Earn 1 fuel point for every $1 spent.
- Safeway & affiliates – Redeem JustforU grocery rewards for fuel discounts.
- Walmart – Get 5¢ off per gallon if you're a if you're a Walmart+ member!
4. Plan your shopping trips.
If you frequently head into “town” for your errands, be sure to plan your trips well and try to limit any random trips as much as you can. I usually meet my hubby once a week for lunch and try to hit any stores I need to while I'm there. It makes it so much easier to plan that day for ALL my errands, rather than run into town throughout the week for several quick trips!
And, if there are items that you need that your spouse can pick up for you on the way home from work, let him/her do the shopping for you (provided that you teach them how to coupon first! 🙂 ).
5. Find things you love to do near your home!
More often than not, the less frequently you drive, the less money you'll spend on things that are unnecessary. Cook your meals at home and skip eating out (another reason why you need the PPP Menu Plans in your life! 🙂 ). Instead of going to a movie theater, trade movies with a neighbor. When you're tempted to head to the mall just to walk around, take a walk around your neighborhood instead!
6. Swap shopping days with a friend.
My sweet neighbor and I recently started taking turns heading to Sam's Club or Costco for grocery staples, so each of us goes just every other week. Not only are we saving on gas, but it's one less store that we have to shop on a weekly basis! Do you have a neighbor or family member that you can do this with?
Speaking of Costco…
7. Fill up at Costco Gasoline spots.
In a survey collected by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), Costco has been named the number one brand for the top-low prices among the Fuels 50 brands, a ranking of the most effective fuel brands. Gas prices vary based on location, but it’s pretty obvious that Costco offers a pretty sweet deal for gasoline!
What tips do you have on pinching those pennies on your gas bill? And, just for fun, I'd love to hear what city you're in and what the price of gas is in your hometown!
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