Is there a way to save money on gas now that it’s hit new heights both nationally and in Chicago?
With gasoline prices topping $5 a gallon with a $2 increase over the previous year’s average, many people are paying big bucks at the pump.
This month, gasoline prices in Chicago hit an all-time high, with Illinois ranking sixth nationally in gasoline prices and second in gasoline taxes, with an average current $6, according to the AAA.
Gas apps help find cheap gas
Checking apps like GasBuddy, Upside, and Gas Guru can help you find cheap gas before you fill up.
GasBuddy and Gas Guru can help you find the cheapest gasoline in your neighborhood or city. Where you can choose the type of fuel you need and the distance you’re willing to travel for the lowest prices.
On Upside, you can use offers to get cash back at gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores. You receive offers from nearby locations and have a set number of hours to redeem them.
You can save cents per gallon on every refill using these gas apps. With additional seasonal and targeted promotions to help you save even more money at the pump.
Fuel Rewards and Loyalty Programs
Many large gas station chains have a loyalty program and some offer regular discounts.
Wawa is currently offering 15 cents off a gallon when you pay for gas using its app through June 12.
In addition to other popular fuel rewards programs including: BPme Rewards, Exxon Mobil Rewards+ and Shell Fuel Rewards, if you participate in their loyalty programs you can expect to save 3-5 cents per visit or earn money.
Gasoline Costco and Sam’s Club
Costco and Sam’s Club are known to have some of the lowest gas prices in the area, which can make their gas stations the busiest while still being some of the cheapest.
However, to pump gas at these wholesale stores, you must be a member.