Long gone are the days of $4/gallon gasoline. While that's great, we can always use some savings on a vital utility like gas - at least until Tesla takes over the world. Now I'm not one of those guys who is willing to drive across town just to save a few cents/gallon on gas, but let me share with you 3 simple tools I use to save on my regular gas purchases.
Gasbuddy is a great tool for finding the cheapest gas around. It is a crowd-sourced service that depends on their millions of users to input local gas prices. You can access the website at Gasbuddy.com, or via one of their mobile apps (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry). Blackberry!? I know. You can use the site to find gas prices by location, gas tier, price etc. It will even show the last time a particular price was updated so you have an idea of how up-to-date it is. As a user, you earn points every time you update a local station's gas price, which can be used enter to win gas gift cards.
Use A Membership Rewards Card
I'm a creature of habit and gas up almost exclusively at Shell gas stations. Not sure how I started, but I guess their marketing machine got to me. So I signed up for the Shell Fuel Rewards Network (FRN). You may prefer Costco, Sam's Club or some other gas brand. By signing up and linking a credit card to my FRN account, I automatically earn $0.03/gallon off at the pump. You can earn more discounts by using your linked credit card at participating restaurants and grocery stores but I haven't really gone out of my way to do that. The best part about the program isn't even the savings - every time I gas up at a Shell station, FRN email the receipt to me! As far as things I hate go - paper receipts rank pretty high up in the list.
USE A GAS REWARDS CREDIT CARD:
Lots of credit card offer rewards on gas purchases. I take advantage of the quarterly 5% rotating cashback from my Chase Freedom and Discover It cards whenever Gas Stations are included. When that's not available, I default to my American Express Blue Cash Everyday card for 2% cashback on gas. If you need help finding a gas rewards card, check out this article from Value Penguin.
There you go - 3 simple ways to save some money on your regular gas purchases. Sure it doesn't add up to much unless you drive a gas-guzzler and/or tens of thousands of miles a year. But hey, for minimum effort - money saved is money saved.