Posted on Apr 24, 2012 in Automobiles, Bargains, Money & finances
Short of driving all over my neighborhood, burning fuel as I look for the best prices, is there a way to find out information about the cheapest gas in my city online or with a free app?
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Doing your research ahead of time is definitely a smart way to find places to fill-up on gasoline or diesel without driving around aimlessly — or just stopping by the local gas station because it’s on the way (or because they have cheap fountain drinks).
There are several good places to check out gas prices online, including:
AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report
Prices from the US government’s fueleconomy.gov
PGas prices from MSN Autos
PCost of gas by zip code via Motor Trend magazine
Keep in mind that not all data will be absolutely current, and that member feedback — the “spotters” — can be incorrect or biased at time. But in general, these sites are pretty helpful.
You can also download free apps to help you out on-the-go (where they’re probably going to be the most helpful). For the iPhone, there’s GasBuddy and TapMojo LLC — and GasBuddy has Android and Windows apps, too.
Typically, gas prices are revised around 10am. So if prices are going up, you might save by pumping a little earlier. According to gaspricewatch.com, Thursday morning is when fuel prices tend to go up.
Bonus: For tips on how to save money on gas, check out this article.
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