It’s no secret that, all around the world, the cost of gas has skyrocketed in recent months. For Americans, the struggle is real, and many individuals have had to ration their drive time in order to save money. The average price of gas in the United States is more than $4 a gallon, and in the Bay Area, where the cost of living is high, it’s impossible to find gas for under $5 a gallon.
So, what can you do to alleviate the struggle? In a case like this where we don’t know when costs will go down, it helps to do some planning to ensure you’re not going over your monthly budget just to keep your car full. Here are a few tips that might help:
Take advantage of free apps to find the best gas prices.
There seems to be a smartphone app for just about everything nowadays, and there are several apps that can help you save money on gas. GasBuddy, AAA, and Waze are just a few – and they also feature additional benefits that drivers find useful.
Look into credit cards that offer cash back rewards.
If you prefer paying with plastic, consider looking into applying for a credit card that comes with a rewards program. Polam’s VISA debit and credit cards allow members to earn rewards for every purchase they make, which can be redeemed for gift cards at thousands of retailers, including popular gas stations
Always select ‘regular’ at the pump – if you can.
While there are some vehicles that require plus or premium fuel to run properly, most standard vehicles run just fine on regular. It’s the least expensive option and can save you a bundle when you fill up.
Enroll in rewards programs.
Your test drive is the time for you to really lean into the used car you might want to buy, to see what features you like (and need) and what features you don’t like (or could do without). While it may feel awkward testing something like a car that is meant to accommodate your lifestyle with a salesperson sitting in the back, it’s essential to take the time to see if it’s a right fit. Before you get behind the wheel, make a checklist of what you want in a car so you can save time on the test drive.
Take advantage of gas stations at wholesale club stores.
If you’re a Sam’s Club or Costco member, you can save a lot of money by filling up your car at their gas stations. Prices per gallon at these clubs almost always come with a sizable discount.
Keep your vehicle well maintained.
When you keep up with your car’s maintenance, such as getting regular oil changes and making sure your tires are always full, you can really stretch how many miles you can get per gallon. Don’t skimp on upkeep – not only will it help you save on gas, but repairs as well.