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I’ve been using Gas Buddy for over a year now.  It’s really great for a number of reasons. It’s free, it’s easy, and it makes buying gas less expensive.  Until recently, when you used it, you would save $.05/gallon of gas with a $75 per day spending limit. Using it all last year, I saved just over $40.  Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s so easy that I wouldn’t think of not using it.

Exciting changes

Gas Buddy just rolled out some changes that are incredible.  If you are willing to open the app before you get gas, you can click on a button to activate additional savings at certain gas stations in your area.  Yesterday I filled up and saved $.23/gallon for doing nothing more than opening the app, clicking a button, and going to the gas station with the best offer.  That is a major and noticeable savings.

Even better….

You know what else is great?  In addition to using the Gas Buddy card to save, you can bundle fuel saver programs and gas station rewards programs.  My favorite in the Midwest is Casey’s where I can use Hy-Vee fuel saver points, plus the Casey’s rewards program, plus Gas Buddy.  Does that sound overwhelming? It did to me when I first typed it, but it’s actually not, I promise. I’ll walk you through the steps.

How It Works

  • Gather your smartphone, a valid driver’s license and the routing/account number from your checking account.
  • Download the app from this link:
  • Sign up for the app.
  • Hit the Savings button to link your checking account.
  • The Gas Buddy card will be mailed to you.
  • Follow the instructions mailed with the card to set up a Driver ID.
  • Open the app before you get gas to activate an offer to save $$$$.
  • The Gas Buddy card works exactly like a debit card, so use any Fuel Saver or Rewards program exactly as you normally would.

After the initial set up, all you have to do is open the app to find and activate the best deal before you get gas.  You have four hours to use the activated deal, so you can plan ahead. Even if you don’t activate a deal, you still get $.03/gallon back.

The way it works is that Gas Buddy processes overnight and withdraws the gas amount from your bank account the next business day.  The pump will read the full amount, but the amount withdrawn from your bank account reflects the discounted price per gallon. There is no refund or anything else to do.  You simply use the card at the pump and the savings are applied. 

Have any questions?  Ask me! I want you to save money on gas.  When you first sign up, you will get a $5 credit after you use the card two times.  

Why not try it today?  It costs you nothing to give it a shot.  If you would like to learn more tips like this for using rebates, get registered for the free Rebates and Beyond webinar that is happening Saturday, June 13th at 10 am CT.