There are many different ways as we have discussed on MPGEnhance.com to save money on gas by increasing your gas mileage and not wasting gas. However one of the simplest and most often ignored methods comes down to a basic tenet of frugality: Shopping Around. One of the best ways to save money on gas is to find the gas stations that offer the best value and prices for gasoline. The time tested method of shopping around for the lowest gas prices should be a staple of anyone’s quest in the pursuit of lower gas prices.
There are many different ways you can shop around for cheap gas in this day and age. One of the best ways is to keep a pen and pad of paper with you in your car. As you drive around your city or town on any given day, record the gas prices you see at several gas stations around your area. Be sure to compare same day data when looking at results because gas stations can change their gas prices daily. The best way would be to drive to all the gas stations you normally shop at such as Hess, Mobile, Exxon, etc. on one given day and write down their respective gas prices for 87, 89 and 93 octane. That way you have the same day’s data to compare to each other. Once you compile your data you will easily be able to see the cheapest gas stations in your area.
You will be surprised to find that there may be up to a 10% price difference between the lowest and highest priced gas stations in your research list. This difference in gas prices can amount to significant savings over the course of a year. If you find a gas station that is 10% cheaper than the one you normally get fuel at you may save up to $500 dollars a year (assuming you spend roughly $100 dollars a week on gas currently).
There are also some websites out there that may have already done this research and compiled lists of gas stations and their prices for you. One such site is GasBuddy.com which has lists of 1000’s or more cities and towns across the US and average gas prices that are being sold at gas stations within those cities. All you do is enter your zip code and they provide you with a list of gas stations around your area along with prices for gas at those stations.