With all of the gorgeous weather after a brutal winter, many people are dreaming of trips to the beach or lounging by the pool. However, the cost of gasoline you use to get to your destination can be hard on your wallet.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the average car owner spends over $1,500 per year on fuel. However, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck spending hundreds at the gas pump. There are many tools you can use to save on fuel.
6 money-saving gas apps
When it comes to money-saving apps, there are several specifically designed to help you save money on gasoline. Here are a few of our favorites.
If you need to fill your tank and don’t want to overpay at the pump, make sure you download the GasBuddy app to your phone. Available for both iOS and Android phones, GasBuddy is a tool you can use to find the cheapest gas in your area.
For example, if you’re in Orlando, gas can cost as much as $2.89 at a local convenience store. But, if you drive just a mile down the road to another store you’ll pay just $2.73. Those savings can add up quickly, helping you keep more money in your bank account.
2. AAA TripTik
If you have a long ride to the beach ahead of you, the AAA TripTik app can be a useful planning tool. Enter your destination and the app will show you the route that will use the least amount of gas.
If you’re planning a roadtrip, Route4Me can help you save money during your drive. Enter your destination and planned stops, and Route4Me will direct you to the shortest and most cost-effective route.
4. CITGO Fueling Good
If you’re in an area with CITGO gas stations, consider signing up for the CITGO Fueling Good app. Once you download it, you can start earning rewards, discounts, and even prizes. You don’t only just save money on gas; the Fueling Good app also allows you to save on snacks and coffee — necessary supplies on a long road trip.
Stuck working all summer? You can still save money with Waze. Waze is a carpooling app that connects you with coworkers, neighbors, and others near you heading in the same direction as your workplace.
If you’d prefer to be the driver, Waze will connect you with passengers who will pay for the ride. Their contributions can help reduce how much you spend on fuel. Plus, you’ll get to take advantage of carpool-only lanes during your commute, which can get you to your destination faster.
For passengers, you can get an affordable ride to work without having to pay for the costs of owning and insuring a car on your own.
GetUpside is a free app you can use whenever you fill your car’s tank. Just use the app to find a participating station, and you can receive up to $0.25 per gallon in cash back rewards.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average person drives over 1,000 miles per month. A recent government report found that new cars average 24.7 miles per gallon. So, in one month, the average driver would need to buy about 40 gallons of gas. If you used GetUpside and qualified for $0.25 cash back per gallon, that means you’d get $10 in cash back.
$10 isn’t a fortune, but it’s money you earn for going about your daily routine. Over the course of a year, you could make $120 from the app.
Saving money this summer
With the weather becoming so beautiful, hitting the open road might sound like a tempting idea. But, before you cave and start driving, take a few minutes to download the above apps to save money during your ride.
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