Here's the Deal! Money Saving Ideas to Save at the Pump 4/28/2011

By: John Harding Email
By: John Harding Email

What sense does it make to drive across town to save 2-cents a gallon on gas? Think about it, saving 30-cents on 15-gallons, when gas is $3.60 a gallon. You can save a lot more without making the extra trip.

You can save up to $1 a gallon just by buying gift cards at King Soopers when you use a free King Soopers reward card. Just buy cards for the things you spend money on anyway. There's a big selection of gift cards for retail stores, restaurants, and even movie tickets.

Here's an interesting strategy. Buy a Kings Soopers gift card, then use it to pay for your groceries in the same transaction. You'll automatically double the points placed on your reward card. The more points you accumalate, the greater your discount on gas. Watch out for Visa and Mastercard gift cards. They carry a surcharge that can eat up your savings. You can claim your discounted gas at pumps located at some King Soopers locations, or at participating Loaf and Jug stores.

Safeway has a similar program. Shop both stores for the best grocery deals to make your savings go even farther.

Many people us a gas rewards credit card issued by different gas stations. Some of these cards offer up to 5% back on your gas purchases, which is more than you'll get from hopping from gas station to gas station. It's important to pay off your balance each month or your savings are lost right away.

There are also smart phone apps for gas savings. They can help you locate the cheapest prices while you're out and about. Apps like Gasbuddy will point you in the right direction. We also have a link to websites where you can find the lowest gas prices before you leave the house.

Some gas stations offer a discount for cash compared to paying by credit card. Discount clubs like Sams and Costco also offer special deals, but gas savings alone may not justify the cost of buying a membership.

You'll find all kinds of gas saving ideas on-line, but Consumer Reports says they're all not what they're cracked up to be. We have a list of them for you here on Just click this link.

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