With the price of a gallon of gas seeming to fluctuate all over the place these days, an easy and practical way to save money and get the best price is to check online before filling up. Below, we’ve provided you with a list of four of the top sites to help you stop wasting money by spending too much for your regular fill-ups:
GasBuddy.com is a popular site that lists gas station prices for Canada as well as for the United States. Anyone can check local gas prices on the site, but only members can post prices. Becoming a member is free. Members receive points for reporting local gas prices, and can enter a weekly drawing for a $250 gas card. GasBuddy also provides maps comparing prices nationwide, tips for saving gas, and a blog with news and information about gas pricing and trends.
For a quick but less extensive gas price list, Mapquest offers gasprices.mapquest.com. The list of prices is provided by OPIS(Oil Price Information Service) rather than gasoline consumers, and is gathered from sources such as credit card companies and car fleets.
Like GasBuddy, GasPriceWatch.com receives updates on gas station prices from site members. Anyone can join for free to save on gas; members receive points for reporting prices. GasPriceWatch offers a monthly drawing for several cash prizes totaling $3000. Like other sites, GasPriceWatch includes maps and tips, and also provides pop-up information about times prices were posted.
At fueleconomy.gov, you can read extensively about subjects such as tax benefits of choosing certain cars, how to estimate miles per gallon, and the meaning of EPA ratings. By navigating from the home page to “Gas Prices,” you can view an extensive list of sites that list local gas prices.
It’s all too easy to habitually visit the same gas station, but you can save money on your gas expenses by frequently checking these gas price websites and choosing stations carefully. A quick check can reveal prices that seem too good to be true. Savings abound; for example, in April one site listed variations of up to 27 cents per gallon at stations in Modesto, California. Visiting these sites takes a quick moment on your computer or smartphone and can help you easily save a bundle of money on gasoline.
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