Time is money, or maybe you haven’t learned that lesson yet.
Anyway, rather than using gas buddy or even google maps to look for gas prices, you should buy gas ahead of time.
Driving out of your way to save a few cents on gas is probably one of the worst ways to steal time from yourself. Find something on average cheaper (not cheapest) along the way of your daily route.
What? How can I buy gas ahead of time to save money?
I buy gas gift cards off ebay when they are discounted, sometimes I can get $100 of gas for $80, which is like saving 20% on gas. This is also a great way to meet minimum spend requirements on a new credit card without wasting money on something you don’t need.
Here’s my search…
These are often for BP, Speedway, and Sunoco, but others as well.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the ebay bucks offers, which is worth researching. Ebay is a great place to buy gift cards in general for discount, and earn rewards, and in the process that you can apply that to more gift cards.
If you get lucky, you can also find deals for using PayPal to stack on top of these deals.
I would not go down the path of trying to resell the gift cards, as there is too much risk there. For more ebay gift card deals, follow this blog. Also note that ebay runs good specials on certain categories from time to time, like automotive, which can be very lucrative.
Here’s an another alternative, if you live near a Publix, like I do. They often run discounted gift cards for gas (typically it would be Thursday-Sunday), I prefer Shell myself, because it’s on my way. I can also use Shell Fuel Rewards to save on an extra 3 cents a gallon on gas, bigger discounts apply when I go to WinnDixie (almost never) or buy Pennzoil oil which you can combine with Advanced Auto Oil Change Specials).
When you spend over $50 on food (at Publix), then you can buy a $50 gas gift card for $40. You can also do this if you spend 100, you can buy 2 cards, and so on. This is also a great way to meet minimum spend requirements on credit cards while being coded as a grocery store.
I try to bring my own oil and/or filter to get my oil changed, I end up paying the same price as a normal oil change, but I get synthetic for that price. Also check Advanced Auto online first to make sure they have the filter in stock that you need to avoid an waiting. Also, make sure to go at off peak hours.
In fact, I still have two oil filters left over from the last time ebay did an automotive special which I will use towards my next oil change.
If you don’t want to spend time dealing with Advanced Auto’s less than advanced customer service, you can buy cheap synthetic oil online from walmart.com
Be sure to take advantage of any cash back offers on your credit cards in order to take this to another level.
When you start to stack these strategies, then you are actually saving some money.
Alternatively, you could look at this offer as well.
Good luck savings money!