Save up to 20% on Gas

By Nora Dunn on 8 January 2008 (Updated 18 August 2011) 5 comments
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Have you ever filled up your gas tank, only to drive by another gas station mere blocks away with significantly reduced prices? Kinda makes you twitch with anger and remorse, huh?

Well, twitch no more my friend. Visit Gasbuddy.com to be the first in line at the cheaper stations.

According to Gasbuddy, prices can fluctuate up to 20% within just a few blocks, so it pays to know your options. They show you where to fill up for less throughout Canada and the US, complete with maps and even some gas-saving driving tips.

Have you ever filled up your gas tank, only to drive by another gas station mere blocks away with significantly reduced prices? Kinda makes you twitch with anger and remorse, huh?

Well, twitch no more my friend. Visit Gasbuddy.com to be the first in line at the cheaper stations.

According to Gasbuddy, prices can fluctuate up to 20% within just a few blocks, so it pays to know your options. They show you where to fill up for less throughout Canada and the US, complete with maps and even some gas-saving driving tips.

For example, did you know that the air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%)? The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner. You can find 9 other handy gas-saving tips on their site here.

With deals and maps, point systems and helpful tips, Gasbuddy is a handy tool for any driver looking for the most frugal way to buy gas.

(Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Gasbuddy whatsoever).

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I have also heard that it takes more gas to drive with your windows down than with the a/c....just a thought.

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Jon

I'm not so sure I agree with that 20% extra fuel consumption using the air conditioner. It would all depend on your driving habits. I've tracked this before, and at highway speeds the difference is only a few percent at most. Mythbusters actually did a good test of this quite a while ago at highway speeds.

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I've been posting gas prices to Gasbuddy for a few years now. I think the price charts are useful. However, I stopped paying attention to the Gasbuddy forums because those are full of moaners about gas prices and the oil industry.

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MJB

Consumer Reports tests verify that A/C typically costs you 1 mpg in gas mileage at a speed of 65 mph; opening windows costs even less. (Obviously, it's even better if you can just dress for the conditions, though.)

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/tires-auto-parts/car-maintenance...

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Good post, great comments. A/C does not significantly affect fuel efficiency. Most cars nowadays get pretty good gas mileage at highway speeds, using less than 20 hp. It's the folks who make jack rabbit starts and cruise at 85 MPH in their Hummers that don't do so well.

An enhanced way of saving money on gas is to use the strategy above coupled with a cash rewards credit card -- American Express offers up to 5 percent rebates on gas purchases.

One other way to 'save' money on gas: Costco. Use your AmEx card, or if you prefer, use cash. As you know, their machines don't accept cash. So, instead of getting ripped by the ATM fee, go inside and buy a Costco cash card. It's free and you can use it immediately in their gas pumps.