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3 Ways to Save Big at the Gas Pump
Ask just about anyone who fills their car up on a regular basis and they’ll tell you that they would like to lower their gas costs no matter what the cost of gas per gallon may be. If you’re one of those people (and I’d be you are), there are things you can do to create big savings for yourself when filling up.
Regular maintenance on your car –
Things like dirty oil, low tire pressure and more can all cause your car to burn more gas than it should. Spending $25.00 every 5,000 miles or so to have the oil changed (less money if you do it yourself) and making sure your tires are inflated weekly both are big ticket tasks to save money on those fill ups. It may seem counterintuitive to spend money to save money, but in this case, it really is a must do.
Make the most of points and gift cards –
Most grocery stores that have a gas station all have rewards programs that can be turned into savings at the pump. If you’re shopping anyway, why not use their rewards program to save even more? Turn those points into cents or dollars off per gallon and you’ll be able to fill your tank up for much less. For stores that don’t have a fuel program, you can still use the rewards program to save on gas. Use your points to purchase gift cards for the gas stations in your area and fill up using those. If by chance none of your stores offer rewards programs, using a site like InstaGC or Swagbucks is a great way to score free gift cards as well.
Drive better and fill up more often –
There are more reasons than an expensive ticket to not speed when you’re on the road. Keeping your speed at the recommended speed limit or just below can help you get better fuel economy. By slowing down, braking slower and taking all unneeded items out of your trunk or backseat all help your car run smoother and save you money. Keep a closer eye on your gas gauge too. Letting your gauge get below ½ tank causes it to have to work harder and by default, you use more gas costing you more.