How you can pay less to fill up your car

Gas prices have skyrocketed over the past two weeks, jumping 15-20% across the country since the invasion of Ukraine. (Carolyn Franks, Alamy)

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SAYRE, Pa. — Whether you blame the current president, the former president, or the Russian president, there’s no denying that gas prices have skyrocketed over the past two weeks, jumping 15-20% across the country just since the invasion of Ukraine.

While you’re still not getting as many gallons per dollar as you were last week, there are ways to offset expenses or earn gas cards to cover the cost for little to no extra expense.

If filling up your tank is costing you money, take a look at these ways to reduce or even eliminate your gas expenses.

Daily purchases add up

If you already buy groceries, gas, and other items, you may be able to leverage those purchases to earn free gas.

Many credit card companies offer cash back in the form of gift cards, and your local grocery store or gas station may have a program that helps shoppers earn free gas at their affiliate gas stations.

Credit card rewards

Many credit cards offer travel discounts or bonuses to build customer loyalty. For example, the Best Western credit card allows you to accumulate points to redeem for free nights at their hotels. However, this card and other travel credit cards also allow users to redeem their points for fuel at participating gas stations.

Credit cards often have an online portal that allows you to log in and choose how you will use your credit card points. Search this portal for gas card promotions and exchanges and order your gas cards from here. Before withdrawing your next credit card, be sure to evaluate the annual fee and the gas stations that will allow you to redeem your points.

Collect gas points from grocery stores

Many grocery stores have gas stations they are affiliated with. Some offer the ability to earn points for 10 to 20 cents off, or even up to $1.00 off per gallon of gas with every purchase. Purchasing certain items, like gift cards, can also earn double or triple points, and brands are even getting into the mix, adding an extra 5 cents per gallon for the purchase of Cheerios or Coke.

Check with your local stores to find out what gas brands they are connected to and how much you can save. Often larger chains like KrogerMeijer’s, Albertson and HyVee have better deals, so shop around and double-check – your “local” store might belong to a bigger chain.

You can also double the gas savings by buying groceries with your credit card. This way, you’ll earn credit card points at the same time you’re earning points at your local grocery store.

Join gas station rewards programs

Sometimes the best rewards programs are loyalty programs. If you know you always buy your gas from the same gas station or brand, you should sign up for a gas station rewards program. Although each has different settings, they all work the same.

If you have free gas cards that you’ve redeemed on survey sites or credit card points, you can use gas station rewards programs to help your gift cards expand further. . For example, if you fill your 10 gallon tank at $4.00 per gallon, your gas bill would be $40. If you get $0.10 off per gallon with a gas station rewards card and you won a $40 gas card, your final gas bill will only be $4.00.

When you regularly buy gasoline from the same gas station, you can earn pennies per gallon. Some of our favorite loyalty programs for free gas include:

Earn free gas cards online

You don’t even have to spend money to earn free and discounted gas. Several websites allow you to sign up and start earning points by completing simple tasks, taking surveys, or tracking receipts.

Swag Bucks

Swagbucks is an operator of rewards and loyalty programs and one of the most popular survey sites available. They give users $5 just for signing up and have a high survey reward ratio. Users must be over 18 and can earn multiple dollars per survey. The average survey pays between $0.25 and $0.50, and they pay their users in free gift cards or through PayPal.

Although polls and surveys are the bread and butter of Swagbucks, they also allow users to monetize searches on the Swagbucks search engine and earn money by playing games on their platform. You can also earn site credit by watching videos for pennies per video.

It doesn’t take much either. Users can cash out with as little as $3 in winnings. Your $5 sign-up bonus, plus a few surveys, can get you a few gallons of gas in just minutes.

MyPoints.com

MyPoints has been serving its customers for over two decades. They offer paid surveys and pay people to shop online, through their portal. After registering online, make your purchases as you normally would, by clicking on the retailer’s site from the MyPoints online platform. Users earn up to 25 points per dollar spent online and can redeem points for gift cards, including gas cards.

Every day, the rewards available on the MyPoints site change. No gas cards today? There might be some tomorrow – you’ll be coming back to rack up more points anyway, right? Visa gift cards are almost always available and you can also choose to cash out. Even if you can’t buy a gas card, you can use cash or another gift card to buy your gas.

Poll follower

Survey Junkie is an online survey website that focuses on collecting general consumer information. They connect companies in need of market research with individuals in their respective markets. These people take surveys through the Survey Junkie website in exchange for money. Users can use the website or download the app to register. Survey Junkie “pays” 100-200 points per completed survey.

Survey participants can redeem their points for cash or gift cards online. The minimum withdrawal is $10. If you don’t want to buy gas cards with your Survey Junkie earnings, you can choose the cash option and then choose to spend it on gas.

Few of us can do without a vehicle. Gas expenses add up quickly, but earning free gas cards, getting per-gallon rebates, and free gas coupons can dramatically reduce the amount you pay for gas each month.

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