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Save Money on Gas – 6 Ways to Budget Fuel for Your Road Trip

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Airfare can drain your travel budget, but the prices at the pump are also draining on your vacation funds. Save money on gas with these ways to budget fuel for your road trip.

Tune Up Before You Fill Up

Basic car maintenance will make a huge difference in your car’s performance. Fresh filters, proper tire pressure, and a full coolant levels will help you save on gas in the long run.

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Gas Reward Programs

Grocery stores are often your best bet for fuel reward programs. Meijer, Kroger, and Walmart are just a few chain stores that have discount programs that offer savings and discounts on gas. For example, if you buy a Walmart gift card, you can typically save 10 cents per gallon at participating Walmart or Murphy USA gas stations.

Cash Back Credit Cards

While I try to avoid credit cards, some cards offer incentives like cash back especially on fuel purchases. Have cash to pay off the racked up purchases immediately, otherwise you’ll pay interest on filling your tank.

Avoid Rooftop Storage

The U.S. Department of Energy estimated that drivers who don’t store gear on the roof of their car save just over 63 cents a gallon driving on the highway! Try a rear cargo container or store as much as you can in the trunk of your car.

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Windows Vs. AC

Rolling down the windows instead of cranking up the air condition will cost you. Time your drive for nighttime road trips or early morning adventures to stay cool.

Time It Right

As gas heats, it becomes lighter, so if it’s hot, you’ll get less gas. Wait until later in the day or fuel up first thing in the morning to bank on the denser gas to get more bang for your buck.

What’s your favorite tip for saving money on gas? Share your fuel-saving savvy in the comment section below.

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14 Comments

  1. Paula Schuck says

    We love to take road trips, but gas is a killer. Even the best prices are killer when you’re driving hundreds of miles. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Rachel says

    The rooftop cargo statistic surprised me! Great to know. Now let’s hit the road!

  3. Liz Mays says

    These are some great ideas. I do like to get my car checked out and tuned up before big trips.

  4. Sarah Bailey says

    These sound like some great tips, it is amazing how quickly petrol can be eaten up if you don’t look after your car. x

  5. Heather says

    These are great tips. It’s official summer and vacation season!

  6. Amber Nelson says

    These are great tips! I can’t wait for our next roadtrip. Roadtrips in the summers are the best!

  7. Toughcookiemommy says

    Being able to save money on gas for any road trip is a must. One spends so much money while out on the road that it’s nice to be able to trim something off the travel budget.

  8. Kelly Hutchinson says

    My husband always gets a tune up before we go on a road trip. Now the windows instead of the air? I can’t do that in this 100 degree heat!

  9. mary says

    These are some great tips. We take 2 big road trips every summer. Our second is end of this month, so these tips are helpful

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