Amy Hannold, 247Moms Frugal Living Editor
Whether you’re driving your routes through town or planning
a vacation via car, there are tools and promotions which can save you money.
Fuel n’ Stay Packages: When planning a vacation, look for
gas card promotions from hotels, online vacation planning sites and other
travel related companies. Be sure
to thoroughly read the fine print and “do the math” to be sure that the
promotion and its requirements will actually save you money. Keep all paperwork and make copies if
mailing a rebate form is necessary.
Grocery Stores and Product Manufacturers: Check the grocery customer service
desks, store aisles and online for possible gas card deals. It may pay to buy a different brand or
from an alternate store if you can score some gas discounts. Calculate the savings offer against the
worth of the change in your routine. When possible, use coupons to sweeten the fuel deal.
Credit Card Rebates:
Several credit cards offer you a rebate percentage from gas purchases or
the opportunity to redeem points for gas cards. Compare the cards’ interest rates and other guidelines. Be sure that you’re only accruing
discounts, not debt. Two websites
to visit: Cardhub.com,
Bankrate.com and LowCards.com.
Gas at Your Local Farm Co-Op: Local and regional gas distributers may offer fuel for less
when you are a card-carrying member of their farm supply co-op. Here in our town, we can get the tank
filled for a nickel less than the competitor. They even have gas attendants who pump the gas and wash the
Car Rental Considerations: When your trip includes a car rental or you’re considering a
vehicle change for the family, get some advice on which car will get you the
best for your gas dollar. Visit
There’s an “App” for That: Smartphones can help you compare fuel prices on the
road. Here are a few to
consider: GasBuddy, Poynt, GasBook
(for iPhone), and AAA’s TripTik.
Want to Get More MPG?
Your iPhone, iTouch or iPad can show you the way to smoother driving and
other changes which will increase your fuel mileage. Follow it’s “bells and whistles” and you’ll be on your
Amy is the Coordinator for the North Whidbey Coupon Club and
the Whidbey Island project “Coupons for Our Community”, both which help
families eat better, for less. You
can connect to her good deal alerts by joining “Whidbey Coupon Club” on
Facebook. She also is a featured
speaker and “Money Saving Mentor” to families, encouraging everyone to “Live a
Fuller Life, at Half the Price!”
Labels: Frugal Living