We take a lot of road trips. We thought we had found all the ways to save on a road trip.
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
A friend tipped us off to this trick. You can find out exactly where to stop for the best prices on gas on your trip! And you can find out how much you will spend on gas for your round trip.)
We have our favorite gas stations along the routes of trips we take often to visit family. But then we’d see lower prices nearby after filling up. Hmmm . . . And we thought we’d found the cheapest stations already! Nope.
We already use a cash back credit card that gives 1% back on all purchases. About once a year they give 3% back on gas and diesel purchases for a 3 month period. We don’t usually take extra trips at that time, but we do enjoy the extra savings.
Now we know a better way to get the lowest gas/fuel prices on our route and a better way to get the lowest total fuel costs for our trip. GasBuddy.com will map out your trip and tell you your total fuel costs for the trip.
They will tell your where to stop for gas on your trip. It might be in a city, a town or just at a crossroads in the middle of nowhere!
We’ve used Gas Buddy in the past, but not the best way it seems. We’d be in a hotel and check where the best prices in that city are so we could fuel up in the morning. Now we know what to do before we even start the trip.
Here’s how to get the best prices:
Go to the Gas Buddy site (link below) and put in your destination and which vehicle you will use. They will estimate the mpg you get and how much gas you’ll need. Then they will tell you which gas stations along your route to stop at to get the best prices overall for your trip. They give you an estimate of your overall gas/fuel costs for the trip.
Do this close to the time you will leave on your trip. It’s no guarantee of the best prices because prices can change anytime during a day. But you will have the best chance to spend as little as possible on gas for your trip. This could save you quite a bit of money over just driving until you need gas.
If you are staying more than a few days, you should probably recheck your route home just before you leave. Prices may have changed enough to give you a new route.
Of course this doesn’t include any driving you do once you are at your destination. But it does give you an idea of your overall gas costs. I like it!
Click here for the Trip Calculator page at Gas Buddy. And of course you can go to GasBuddy.com any time to find the best prices in your area. It works on mobile too. (Their services are free and I have no connection with them other than being a happy user.)
Click here for my post, “9 Radical Road Trip Savings Tips. I guess with this one added in it makes 10. The savings can pay for a nicer dinner out at your destination or make it easier to take that trip to Grandma’s! Enjoy the savings!