We all know that steps like driving a little slower, carpooling and avoiding stop-and-go traffic can help save on gas. But there are other steps consumers can take to reduce the blow at the pump. Here are some tips from consumer and retail expert Andrea Woroch for how to reduce your fuel costs.
You Have Help in Your Pocket
There are many apps and websites available that find the cheapest gas station in your area.
Pay With Cash
Many gas stations will slash as much as 10-cents off per gallon for drivers paying in cash.
Use Discount Gift Cards
Websites such as GiftCardGranny.com have gas gift cards at less than face value for brands such as Chevron, Shell and Exxon.
Warehouses…Not Just for Toilet Paper
Membership warehouse stores such as Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s sell gas at discounted prices. Drivers with an affiliated credit card often receive cash-back bonus as well.
Get a Gas Reward Credit Card
Do some research and find a credit card that offers high rewards on gas fill-ups; many issuers are offering added incentives like sign-up rewards.
Combine Food and Fuel
Several grocery chains including Ralphs and Kroger have partnered with gas stations to offer reward programs, so be sure to ask your local store if they have a plan.
With some experts forecasting gas prices to climb to $5 by summer consumers could be facing a big blow to the budget and derail the economic recovery.