Long gone are the days of paying 65 cents per liter to gas up your car. Prices of gas at the pump are rising daily, and its our due diligence to put up a fight by saving money every time we fill our car. Every year we keep getting impressed with the technology in cars, such as Mazda’s Sky Active technology or Ford’s Hybrid engines, but even the latest technology isn’t enough as very few of us are driving cars with such technology due to the high cost. If you’re like my self, then you probably drive a standard engine car, so here are FF we wanted to share with you five full proof ways to tackle the rising gas prices, so you can come out on top as the winner.
Become a Wholesaler Member
We all know that wholesalers like Costco and Sam’s Club (for those of you closer to the border) offer items for much cheaper versus traditional grocery stores. The savings these wholesalers offer go beyond groceries and household items, and includes gas. One place that consistently sales gas for less is Costco or Sam’s Club. I’ve been a Costco member for the last 5 years, it’s annual membership of $55 is well worth it for gas alone. I also took out a Sam’s Club Membership 3 years ago, and I ensure to fill up gas every time I’m in Buffalo for a day shopping trip. If you drive a standard engine car like my self, you can easily save $3-4 every time with a 60 liter fill up.
Stay One Step Ahead
Stay ahead of the game by frequently visiting TomorrowsGasPriceToday.com to find out if the price at the pump is going to rise tomorrow. The website is pretty accurate, and it bases its predictions on weekly industry reports that measure crude oil inventory and output levels.
You Don’t Need Premium
If anyone has ever told you that higher octane gas will help you pass your next emission test or give you better fuel economy – both of these statements are myths. If you own a vintage car or an older clunker, your car can definitely benefit from higher octane fuel. Even then you don’t need to fill it with high octane fuel often, once a month is plenty. Car technology is ever changing, and today’s cars are built to perform efficiently on regular fuel. I’ll use my car for example, and if you’ve been following FF lately I shared with you that I purchased a BMW, and have been fueling up my entry level luxury vehicle with regular fuel. Even with regular fuel, I still get great performance and fuel economy, and about once per month I fill up my car with premium fuel to give it that extra care.
Mid-Week Gas Is The Most Expensive
Prices do rise in the summer for the simple reasons that the gas blend costs more to produce. The summer gas is more cleaner than the winter gas, therefore resulting in lower emissions during hot summer months. Furthermore, most people believe that gas prices rise significantly before long weekends, and this may be true in certain parts of the country, however generally this is a myth. Think about it – gas is all about supply and demand. If everyone leaves the city to go drive to the cottage for the weekend, who’ll fill up gas within the city? What would be the point of increasing the gas price at the pumps within the city if everyone goes up to their cottage? Obviously it doesn’t make much sense.
On the contrary, gas prices are most expensive mid-week for two reasons. First, mostly everyone will need to fill up mid-week in order to get through two to three more days of driving to work. Secondly, gas dealers who supply the pumps eliminate their discounts mid-week that they offered to the gas pump owners. Again its comes down to supply and demand.
Highway Fuel Is More Expensive
Again we’ll go back to supply and demand. Filling up gas on your trip alongside of the highway will be more expensive. You need gas, you need it now, and you can’t drive any further unless you fill up, so you’ll pay 10 cents more per liter because you have no other option. If you drove 10 kilometers into town in the same city, you’d pay significantly less per liter.
If you’re into having the latest phone apps, you should look into getting the GasBuddy mobile app to scout for the cheapest gas prices anywhere you’re located across North America. Another suggestion that a friend shared with me is to never fill gas from a gas station that’s getting a fresh delivery of gas. All the fresh fuel that gets dumped to the bottom of the station’s fuel barrels awakens the sediment that’s been sitting there for years and creates unclean fuel. Eventually all the sediment will drop to the bottom again, but in order to protect your car it’s never wise to pump at the same time that the tanker is replenishing the stations gas.
Readers, could you suggest any other full proof ways to beat rising gas prices?