Archive for September, 2008

Discount Gas Cards

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

With high fuel prices , many people are looking for ways to save and reduce their gasoline expenses. Discount gas cards can help you cut your overall costs. There are several different card options when looking for gas discounts. One is the gasoline rebate credit card. These are common, offered by a number of leading credit card providers, and can be affiliated with a specific service station. A better option may be station or chain specific discount cards. These are loyalty incentives and rewards, and typically are free or very low cost. You might also find that you can get a discount on your gas simply by paying cash.

While using a credit card to buy gas can cause you to accumulate debt, many gasoline credit cards do offer substantial rewards. While the discount may not be at the pump, it likely will provide you with a rebate, either in cash or fuel. If you typically shop at a specific service station, consider applying for their card. Do read the terms carefully to determine what will give you the best rewards. Many gas rebate cards offer their best rebates when used at the pump at the affiliated station, so be sure that you choose one you can easily access and routinely visit when you need to fill up.

Discount prices for gas are often associated with shopping at a particular retailer, and with their loyalty discount cards. Warehouse shopping clubs like Sam’s and Costco may offer discounts at their affiliated service stations. You might also find that a discount of a few cents a gallon are available if you purchase store gift cards for some chains and buy gas at their service stations. These associated stations frequently use a loyalty fuel rewards program to encourage customers to shop at both the service station and grocery store. It might be worthwhile to check stores in your area and see if any participate in these sorts of loyalty gas discounts. Some of the major chains offering these sorts of programs are Kroger and Safeway, but a store in your area may have a similar program. Discounts in these loyalty programs can be as low as a few cents a gallon or as much as .10 cents a gallon. You may also find coupons for gas on the back of your grocery receipt which can help you save if you do not have access to other discounts.

High gas prices hurt many of our wallets. Smart shopping with gas rebate cards, discount card options, and other loyalty discounts can reduce your costs at the pump , especially if combined with choosing the least expensive convenient station in your area. Using the tools available to help you save will keep more of your money in your pocket.