66 Ways To Save Money on Gasoline

Ways to Save Money on Gas at the Pump

6. Don't overfill 'er up. Avoid filling your gas tank to the top. Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank. Never fill gas tank past the first "click" of fuel nozzle if the nozzle is automatic.

7. Use the lowest octane you can.
Buy the lowest grade or octane of gasoline that is appropriate for your car; pricey premium fuel won't boost your car's fuel economy. [some readers say premium is premium, see comments mjo]

8. Tighten that cap.
Gas will evaporate from your car's gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing, or damaged gas caps cause millions of gallons of gas to evaporate each year.

9. Wait until you're near empty.
Don't fill up until your tank is near empty; this will extend your gas because you are hauling a lighter load as the tank nears empty.

10. Find credit card discounts.
Some credit cards offer gas savings when you use the card for purchases. This works in much the same way that some credit card companies give you frequent-flier miles when you use their card for purchases.

11. Membership has its privileges.
Some gas stations offer membership benefits. There are also department and grocery stores that give discounts at the fuel pump when you use their store membership cards.

12. Screw the brand names.
Brand means nothing in the gas world; they are all using the same refineries, trucks, and pipelines to transport the fuel. Go for cost savings when it comes to the price of gas. [this doesn't mean buy from Jimbo's gas; see comments mjo]

13. Keep your eyes on the prize.
Scope out gas prices while you're driving (but keep your eyes on the road, Smokey.) Some gas stations offer free coffee with fill up as well. And if it's not shade-grown and organic? Meh...live a little.

14. Don't get desperate.
The first gas station you encounter after a long thirsty stretch will never be the cheapest - drive a little further to find a cheaper station.

15. In the city, don't shop around.
Don't price shop for gas locally by driving around, the miles you drive will almost certainly eliminate the savings, and stop-and-go city traffic does a number on your average efficiency, not to mention your greenhouse gas emissions.

16. Exit, stage left. On the highway, that is.
On the highway, take an exit at a moderately sized city and head for the city center. There will likely be several stations near the ramp with cheaper gas.

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