Don’t you hate having to fill your tank up with gas? If you have an SUV, the prices can be staggering. There are so many other things you’d probably rather spend your money on.
Unfortunately, gas is a necessity when you want to get places with your car. Thankfully, there are things to help with the costs. Let’s take a closer look at tricks to save money at the gas pump.
Fill Up on the Weekends
In many areas, gas is actually cheaper on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is because many people are fueling up for the workweek Monday – Thursday. Track prices in your area and see if this holds true.
Skip the Highway Gas Stations
Gas stations that are farther off the highway will have better prices. They may not be as convenient, but the lower price can make it worth your time.
Search for the Best Price
There are a number of apps you can download to track gas prices (like Gas Buddy). Check a few different ones to see which are the most accurate in your area.
Clean Your Air Filter
You need to clean or change your air filter every 10,000 miles. You can invest in air filters that are semi-permanent and last 75,000 miles. You will still need to clean the filter, but this saves the money of having to replace it. A clean air filter will allow your car to run more efficiently and use less gas.
Use Cruise Control
Braking and accelerating both use more gas than a constant speed. If you’re on the highway or interstate, use cruise control. This can greatly cut down on the amount of gas your car uses.
Check Your Gas Cap
If your gas cap is broken or missing, you want to replace it. A broken or missing cap allows gas fumes to escape, which causes your car to use more fuel.
Use a Reward Program
Some grocery stores have programs that allow you to earn money toward gas. In other words, you’ll earn cash for gas when you buy groceries. You can also sign up for credit cards that will allow you to get a better price on your gas. The key is to pay off the balance each month to avoid interest.
You don’t have to pay a fortune for gas. There are so many ways to save money at the gas pump. Whether you fill up on the weekend at a gas station away from the highway or use a reward program, you can save money.