Gas for the car is a necessary evil. Unless you have an electric car. But then doesn't your electric bill go up? That's another problem for another day. For now though, I'm going to share how I save money on gas for our car each month. This way whenever anyone asks, I can just direct them here.
One of the easiest ways to save money on gas is to use an app like Gas Buddy. It lets you know where the cheapest gas is near you. I've used it, but I don't use it too much anymore. You can earn points on there, too, though I'm not sure what you'd use those points for. You earn those points by updating the gas prices as you drive around (stop and enter, or write them down please! Be safe!).
Here is what we do, though.
Does your grocery store have a club card? Think Frys, Kroger, Safeway, etc. Does that grocery store also have its own gas stations (or at least partner with a local chain)? If you do, then this is perfect for you!
When you go to the grocery store, you're probably aware that they have a gift card center. You may also know that certain gift cards often earn you extra gas rewards during various times of the year. It may seem impossible to save up to get $1 off per gallon of gas because you have to spend quite a bit to get it. However, you know there is a workaround, right?
Let's say you know that you have to go to Target to pick up a few things. Go to the grocery store and get a Target gift card. Or maybe you're going out to the movies, or out to eat. Go to the grocery store and buy gift cards for those places!
Why, you ask?
Because those gift cards almost always double the gas rewards. So if you buy a $25 Target gift card, it gives you double the gas rewards than what you would get if you bought $25 in groceries. Now, sometimes they offer big rewards: triple or quadruple the rewards. This is even better! Because that $25 gift card is worth $100 in gas rewards. So instead of just getting 25 rewards, you'd get 100 which would give you 10 cents off. Now. Keep this up. It may seem tedious. But typically once a month we get $1 off per gallon.
In between those fill-ups at that grocery store, you're going to buy gift cards for the gas you regularly buy. Here, we stick to AM/PM gas stations, they typically are cheaper in price than everyone else around us. Plus we can buy gift cards in $25 and $50 increments. We can also buy Shell if they are sold out of AM/PM.
Gas near me is below $2.25. On Wednesday, Christmas Eve, I'm hoping we'll be super close to $2 a gallon. With my current gas rewards, I'll be paying $1.25 a gallon (but hopefully it'll be closer to $1 a gallon)!
It may seem crazy. But it works year round! Not just holidays and birthdays when you want to give a gift card to someone.
I'm not crazy. The method to our madness is beautiful and saves us a lot of money in the long run.
What do you think? Is this something you can do? It's not as difficult as it may seem. It's simply planning ahead when you're shopping.
You should know though, most of the time Visa/Mastercard gift cards do NOT count at all for gas rewards. Your store may be different though!