My target for gas savings on my work commute for the year was $600. As I alluded to in my last update, I exceeded the goal.
Drum roll please…
In 2015, for commute miles only, I saved $614.28 by using free gas tactics!
The total gasoline cost for my to drive to and from work last year was $3,457.79. After the $614.28 in discounts my out-of-pocket cost was $2843.51. That means that last year 17.78% of my gasoline was free!
How did I do it?
The free gas tactic is pretty simple. A common gas station brand in my area is Super America. By swiping your rewards card every time you buy gas, you get a $0.03/gallon discount. Pay with a pre-loaded fuel gift card (which you purchased earlier with your points-earning credit card of course!) and you get another $0.03/gallon off. Then, clip competitors’ coupons out of the junk mail for an additional $0.07-0.10 off per gallon.
Every time you make a purchase at SA, be it the pre-loaded fuel gift card OR the actual fuel purchase, you earn points. Every few weeks I have enough points to buy a $0.50/gallon gas coupon. The magic happens on Tuesdays when Super America doubles all coupons. With a max of 25 gallons, the big coupon is worth $25 in free gas!
If you don’t have any Super Americas in your area, keep an eye out for similar deals at your local gas stations. Small savings at the pump can really add up!