This week's Thrifty Thursday covers the cost savings of using a fuel saver or gas app on your phone. Whether it be a specific fuel saver, rewards credit card, or even an app on your phone, using some sort of application to save money on your daily commute definitely has its benefits. CreditSoup breaks it down for you here in our weekly Thrifty Thursday tip on saving money.
If you're from the Midwest USA, you're probably familiar with what we call the HyVee Fuel Saver. HyVee Stores are our local grocery stores and some have a smaller fuel station. They have a type of rewards card that you earn discounts on gas when you purchase designated products at Hy-Vee. One shopper, for instance, posted on Twitter that that his 20 gallons of gas cost him a whopping 18 cents!
Gas Rewards Cards
Moving on... another way to save money on fuel, is by obtaining a credit card that offers rewards on gas/fuel purchases. Aspire®, for example, is one of them. With the Aspire® Mastercard® Credit Card, you earn a 3% cash back reward on Gas, Groceries and Utility Payments. If the Aspire® card isn't a good fit for you, CreditSoup has several available options to look into.
Finally, we bring you to our list of Gas Apps. This is a compilation of sources that will help you find the cheapest gas or fuel in your area and some that you can earn rewards or cash back just by using the app. We have categorized these into earning rewards, or simply finding the best gas prices for your area. Give them a try and save money on your daily commute!
Apps for Earning Cash Back or Rewards
GasBuddy Turn everyday purchases into free money for gas. Take advantage of shopping and dining deals through GasBuddy and earn GasBack to spend at the pump using your Pay with GasBuddy card.
Upside When you use Upside, you save every time you get gas. It's a free app, and thousands of stations are offering cash back.
Checkout 51 Download the app, browse & buy, and select your offers. Then, upload your receipt and earn cash back. When your receipt is approved, they credit your account with Cash Back once you hit $20!
BPme Rewards Register for BPme Rewards and start saving 5¢ on every gallon, every time through the next month. Keep that 5¢ reward going by spending $100 on fuel each calendar month. Don’t forget to check your app for special bonus offers toward additional savings on fuel.
Shell Fuel Rewards Combine Fuel Rewards® savings earned from everyday purchases to save when you fill up at Shell. Save at least 5¢/gal with Gold Status or 3¢/gal with Silver Status just for being a Fuel Rewards member.
Speedy Rewards Start earning points on the fuel and merchandise you already buy. Then redeem those points for coupons towards your favorite items or get discounts on fuel with Fuel Rewards!
Apps for Shopping Around for the Best Price
Gas Guru An app developed by Yellowpages, Gas Guru helps you save time, effort, and money before you hit the road! Quickly find the best gas prices nearby.
Waze Waze a subsidiary company of Google and is a great tool not only for navigating, but also for finding the best gas prices near you. Search by Gas Stations and you will quickly find the closest stations near you with the prices highlighted.
AAA TripTik Travel Planner The one travel planner for every road trip! Get directions and Maps. Find gas stations. Know where to stop. Plan things to do.
MapQuest Still valid, a GPS app from Yahoo and similar to Google, Mapquest is a great app to source local gas prices as well.
Fuelio Fuelio is simple & easy to use to track your mileage, gas consumption and gas costs. Using this App you can track car expenses, auto service, your fill-ups, fuel consumption, car´s mileage, gas costs/gas prices and save money. You'll find information about gas stations and gas prices in the app via crowdsourcing.
Wrapping It Up
Using a gas or fuel application on your phone is definitely a great option to ensure you're staying thrifty and saving money. With rising fuel prices, rewards and shopping around will help soften that blow at the pump. And as always, keep following us here at CreditSoup.com for more ways to save money!
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