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Tips Gas Stations Don’t Want You to Know

Gas prices are constantly rising and everyone has been trying to find ways to lower gas expenses. So, what do the gas stations not want you to know? Here’s a list that may help you save on your gas spending:

  1. Shop for the best deal: The only difference between gas from big name gas stations such as Chevron, and the gas from random stations is that, bigger branded gasoline has added chemicals that act like detergents that help you clean your fuel injector. While you’ll probably need to do this once in a while, you don’t need to do it every time. So feel free to gas up at the cheapest available station. If you don’t want to spend too much time searching for one, just use sites like GasBuddy.com; it can be done within seconds!

  2. Don’t use a debit card: When you pay with a debit card, the bank sets aside a certain amount of your funds to cover the transaction. You could pay $15 for gas but have $50 held by the bank before the transaction goes through. This could potentially lead to a bounced check.

  3. Try not to use gas cards: Most gas cards have high APRs and lack fraud protections, and having one may discourage you from shopping around for a better deal. Check CardRatings.com, but in general these cards end up costing more than they save.

  4. Though this may sound cheap, but buy coffee, not soda. In an attempt to make up more revenue from the convenience store, gas stations often charge more for soda, candy and other food products. Coffee, cigarettes and beer, on the other hand, remain cheap because they’re high-volume.

  5. Make sure a gallon is a gallon: Keep your eyes on the numbers and make sure they don’t start moving before gas is flowing. Old equipment especially can come up with inaccurate results.

  6. Gas stations like cash better; they especially hate credit cards because of credit card fees. Long story short, pay CASH! Most gas stations offer discounts for paying cash.

Got It?

Of course there are other ways to save money on gas; in fact, there are millions of other ways! But these are just some tips you can use when you’re AT the gas stations. Enjoy using them! Stay safe and happy gas shopping!



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