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Fighting Rising Gas Prices

Gas is nearly $4/gallon around here right now — that’s a serious ding in the monthly budget! We are willing to do what we can to keep our fuel expenses down. That means no idling (goodbye, drive-thru), keeping up on car maintenance, and most importantly, it means taking advantage of the gas discounts available to us.

I always search for lowest gas price before we fuel up. (Fuel Finder is one of my favorite money-saving apps.) Costco offers a nice member discount. I’ve even found gas station coupons in my junk mail!

Some major chains offer gas discount or loyalty programs. Our favorite fuel station is part of the Kroger chain, which offers a gas discount program that saves you $.10/gallon for every $100 spent in the store. (Pro tip: the fuel points are calculated before coupons are deducted!) Look for similar deals near you. Check your grocery store website, weekly circular or customer service counter for details.

Aside from searching for a discount, another trick is paying attention to rising prices.

Meijer offers a mobile alert system that sends a text message a few hours before fuel prices are set to increase. We’ve also noticed one local gas station that doesn’t raise their prices until several hours after the others in our area. It’s a nice heads up to fill up, so we can take advantage of the lower price.

And, that’s where I really get tricky — we fill up both cars at the same time. It allows us to get the most gas at my deeply discounted price.

We just back up to the same gas pump, fill one tank, then the other. When you factor in the $.40 – $.50 weekly we save with bonus points from Kroger for prescription and gift card purchases as well, we save $10-15 every time!

That’s a gas savings of over $200 per year, just for putting gas in both cars at once.

How do you combat rising gas prices?

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