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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:50:44 PM

It's no secret that the price at the pump has increased pretty consistently over the past 30 days... It happens every spring and sometimes spring arrives early at some refineries.

Of course, you're saving money when you use the GasBuddy app to locate the lowest available prices, but, are you maximizing every gas purchase you make, no matter what brand of gasoline you buy?

Here's a sampling of leading brands of gas sold in the U.S. and Canada with direct links to the loyalty programs offered by each that help you get more for your gasoline dollar:

Some may directly reduce the price per gallon at the time of purchase and others may let you accumulate points that are used for purchasing either gasoline or other...

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deant99
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 10:25:32 PM

We have had those here for a number of years now. There are also a couple box store credit cards that knock 5~10 cents off per litre. Some car clubs also have a rewards program. The most widely used is the points card.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 5:03:08 PM

On Mar 8, 2014 1:47:33 PM, LanguageMan1 wrote:

>You people need to realize you DON'T need to use a credit card
>for getting discounts either. You can if you want, and if your bank
>is going to report your rebates or discounts as income to the IRS,
>don't make use of it!

Credit card rebates and insurance dividends aren't considered income. They're considered a refund on what you would otherwise pay.

I've had two payments that were reported as income in 2013: a $200 checking account signup bonus from Chase Bank, and a $75 bonus for depositing $10,000 in my Capital One ShareBuilder brokerage account. Since nobody is in the 100% tax bracket, you're ahead getting a taxable signup bonus.

Unless you're in a higher tax bracket than I was last year, you get to keep 72% of your bonus after taxes.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 7:30:18 PM

magpie2013 - "The problem with these stations is that their gas prices are always higher than anyone else's!:)"

Not the one's I've seen around here, except for being a bit slower to lower their prices when they're going down.

But if the price is stable for a day or so, they're right there with everyone else.

OTOH, they also seem to be slower to raise them when prices are going up.
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 6:06:48 PM

The problem with these stations is that their gas prices are always higher than anyone else's!:)
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hoppingrabbit
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 7:27:54 AM

I currently use Safeway rewards when I am in a town that has a fuel center when I travel. You can use up to $1.00 off per gallon. Their is a limit of 25 gallons and our small car (Kia Spectra) takes 13 gallons. I take extra gas cans so I can purchase the full 25 gallons (saving $25 and then top of our Isuzu Rodeo Sport at home with the remaining 12 gallons. Same procedure at Fred Meyer, although their limit is much higher at 35 gallons. Sometimes when I drive in to town separately we fill both cars (About 30 gallons) and extra 5 gallons in our cans. I'm a little OCD, we made our 10 day Yosemite trip last summer with only 3 fills. Between GasBuddy and the rewards programs we saved well over $100.

[Edited by: hoppingrabbit at 3/23/2014 7:29:49 AM EST]
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 1:25:02 PM

There's a limit of 20 gallons on the rewards card I use, so I only use it to fill up the truck, which takes more than 20 gallons.

Why waste the discount by buying less than the full 20.
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JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 7:12:22 AM

Best thing to do is stray away from rewards cards. Just a gemic to get you kooked on something else. Put a pencil to it and you will find rewards cards are not really worth it. Anyone who uses a rewards card are fooling themselves. You are the customer. They need you. Make them cater to you.
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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2014 9:17:22 AM

Sounds Great
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JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2014 7:16:30 AM

I avoid the reward cards myself. Just a gemic like and end cap in a grocery store to get you hooked. You wind up spending more in the end.
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Awing1
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2014 3:02:36 PM

I use a gas station which is running by a grocery store and get reward dollar for shopping. This is a good way to save.
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BluWahoo
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:59:47 AM

I use a rewards card from a local grocery store. All food purchases adds points to the gas card and you get cents off per gallon. Last week I purchaed fuel at a SHELL station for 30cents off per gallon. Making it $2.99
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 5:52:54 AM

many of the local stations with reward programs are so much higher, even a reduction in price at the time of pumping is not enough to offset against lower priced ones.
And the local truck stop requires three times as much fuel to be pumped for the reward than my vehicle holds. Not worth even getting the program application done.
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bobjd445
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2014 6:46:55 PM

Bought a case of Quaker State synthetic oil at Menards today. $29.94 for a case of 6. You get a $2.00 per quart rebate from Menards. That makes the cost $17.94 a case. If you are a FRN (Shell) rewards card holder, you get a .10 gas discount per quart, 20 gallon limit. That would be $12.00 gas savings making the case cost $5.94. Menards has a 3 case limit. That would bring your savings to $74.00. Good deal.
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BarbieLoveJax
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 6:36:04 PM

I use a card that gives rebates for all gas purchases. I also try to buy at BJ's Wholesale. Theyseem to be the lowest in my area.
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remay
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 3:38:09 PM

And if the price goes down, the cents off percentage goes up.
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Roundagain
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 3:21:01 PM

Work the angles and save MONEY
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LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 2:47:33 PM

While I can agree with you folks on the strings to a certain station or brand, you don't have to stick to one.

Me? I make use of Kmart, Sears, Winn-Dixie, Publix [When I shop there at those places or anywhere I go, I go in with the intention to save money versus shoppng at Walmart, Target, Save-A-Lot, Aldi's, Kroger {we don't have 'em here, but I do check their prices online along with other places}, Sam's Club and Costco and generally beat ALL their normal prices and even sometimes their sales prices.] and whatever else I can from coupons in the paper to coupons and offers online and via email.

You people need to realize you DON'T need to use a credit card for getting discounts either. You can if you want, and if your bank is going to report your rebates or discounts as income to the IRS, don't make use of it!

Would any of you pass up a chance to get gas for $2.25 today? How about $1.93 that I was able to do for one of my local GasBuddy friends last week? What about 50 cents off a gallon? What about $50 of gas for $40? Don't you want more money in your pocket? In your savings or checking account? More money for retirement?
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 12:44:56 PM

Most grocery stores have a gas rewards program going these days.
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bston
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 11:53:41 AM

Agree with windowdude49301
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doncNJ
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 10:50:21 AM

I have been using a gas discover card for years.
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jimbo1031
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 10:07:24 AM

Been doing it for years
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hoppingrabbit
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 6:44:24 AM

The retailer Fred Meyer, part of the Kroger )Retail Grocery) Corporation offers 10 cent per gallon on $100 store purchases. A rewards member can use up to $1.00 off per gallon per visit.
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AESJOBLOM4
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 6:08:04 AM

I USE SUNOCO
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nstrdnvstr
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 6:03:31 AM

Some stations do double coupons and take anyone's coupons.
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windowdude49301
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 6:01:05 AM

reduce the gas price is better - no strings!
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LaMigra
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 6:00:55 AM

nice
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teamsimons
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:59:35 AM

Be sure that the "reward" you get truly is one. If you have to buy something to get it, is the price of that "something" inflated to cover the cost of the discount you receive?
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jppezz
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:55:09 AM

I get 5 percent back on gas purchase.
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friday21
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:54:04 AM

Ok
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jeff95519
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:52:15 AM

costco american express
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:52:02 AM

Sounds Good!
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:51:37 AM

Ok
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Animal1
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:48:10 AM

Nothing, is free. If you are getting rewards, you are paying for it on higher prices in the store for the items you get the discount on.
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djp071158
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:40:24 AM

Definitely!
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1Boog
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:38:05 AM

old news!
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KDMWI
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:37:09 AM

It's only $3.87 here in Wisconsin.

I want to get off stinking gas!

Republicans like gas, keystone pipeline for example. They can have their stinking gas!
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BigBearHug
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:34:56 AM

great
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1fulltank
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:33:45 AM

Old article.
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biggyhy
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:32:22 AM

I use them as often as I can!!
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tigerhater
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:31:19 AM

I always use them
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speedraider
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:29:22 AM

ok
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LocalSpyGuy
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:29:20 AM

unfortunately many of the programs are promoted by companies that charge more for gas
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yeehaw1073
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:27:41 AM

I saved .25 per gallon just the other day this way!
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:27:07 AM

Use when possible
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:26:55 AM

ok
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downstream
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:26:10 AM

nothing's free
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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:26:00 AM

Maximize your gasoline purchases; cash in with 'rewards' programs. The price at the pump has increased pretty consistently over the past 30 days... It happens every spring and sometimes spring arrives early at some refineries.
***Use the GasBuddy app to find the lowest fuel prices in the area. Sometimes Costco is lower or the same price for other gas stations, use the AmEx card for money off there.
I use a large local chain store that have gasoline stations located at most stores (Kroger affiliate). They offer 10 cents or more off a gallon of gas and money off for purchases in the store during the previous three months. The more you buy in the store, the more the savings at the pump And in the store. Using a certain credit card OR a store credit card will get you additional money off too. Credit cards are paid off every month, so there is NO additional interest charge for using them!
***AND, there is NO additonal charge for using a credit card at the pump (same price: cash or credit) and a 'cash back' credit card too!
If you don't seek money off of fuel purchases, then you will pay more for it.
Drive vehicles with high mpg, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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rippertoo
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:25:39 AM

OK.
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:20:26 AM

give me free coffee with fillup
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treehood
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:19:47 AM

Okay
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Pozole
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:19:44 AM

...store rewards cards work...
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