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These apps can help you save money at the gas pump

by Kurt Knutsson

With the cost of gas continuing to rise to record sky-high prices, these apps can help save you money at the pump – or show you ways to get from point A to point B while using less gas.

RETHINK FAMILIAR DIRECTIONS

The shortest distance is not always the most fuel-efficient path. It turns out traffic patterns and elevation play a much bigger role in how much gas your car will burn.

Google Maps allows you to put in a destination and see the route that will use the least amount of fuel.

Tip: Once you’ve entered a destination, tap the little green leaf icon in the route section to see the most fuel-efficient way.

COMPARISON SHOP GAS PRICES

 

JOIN GAS STATION LOYALTY PROGRAMS TO LOWER PUMP PRICE

Most, but not all major station brands offer a fuel loyalty program app that rewards you with a discounted pump price the more you use it.  While many gas credit cards also can offer lower prices to cardholders, the apps don’t cost anything to use.

Here’s how to make them work for you.  The winning strategy here is to look up the app for the gas station near you with best ongoing cheapest prices.     Some of the popular gas station loyalty apps include the following:

  • Shell fuel rewards
  • 76
  • Phillips 66
  • My Conoco
  • Exxon mobile rewards+

Don’t forget to check truck stops that often have low gas prices compared to regular stations.

 

CASHBACK GAS APPS

These apps work with a variety of gas stations with the simple concept of earning points to use toward future fill-ups and snacks.    These will take a little extra effort to game in your favor which is why some people claim to save a lot in gas by religiously using them.

 

CHECK LOCATION PRIVACY SETTINGS

Many of the gas price apps require that your phone shares its location.  That makes sense in order to show the nearby cheapest gas, right?

Make sure once you download any of them, to go back into settings to protect the amount of location data you are sharing with them.

For iPhone: From home screen select Settings > tap Privacy > Location Services > look for gas app and change the option “Always” in the Allow Location Access setting to the more private only “While using the App

For Android: Settings > Location or Location Permissions > look for gas app under section “Allowed all the time” and make sure it is set to less access option while using app

 

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