For every $10 the typical household earns before taxes, almost a full dollar now goes toward gas; this has grown to be 40 percent bigger bite. Transportation costs are the second largest item on any family budget. The cost of a vehicle, the cost of maintenance of a vehicle, and the cost of gas plays heavily here. High prices at the pump are putting a squeeze on everyone.
The average household spent an average of $369 on gas last month. In April 2009 that outlay was $201. Families spend more filling up than they spend on cars, clothes or recreation.
If you fill up twice a week at $40.00 per gas station trip and you save 10 cents on each gallon you save $20.00 per week, in a month that is $80 to $100. That gets close to $1,200 per year. What could you do with that money? Below are sites that help you find the cheapest gas stations in your area. Using Gas Buddy I can easily save $0.10 to $0.20 per gallon. Currently when I buy my groceries at Safeway (second lowest cost per gallon in my area) they give me a discount on gas purchases. I spent $100 this past week on groceries (I did this at a 40% discount using specials and coupons) and then got $1.00 a gallon off of the gas for the car that I drive and the car my wife drives. We purchased 40 gallons of gas to fill both cars and saved a $1.00 per gallon (this is off the second lowest price in our area). I saw both my wages and the value of my house go down this past year. My only option is to spend less and get more for what I spend. I use Gas Buddy which I listed below and included two additional sites.
Cheapest Gas Sites
There are apps for your smart phone so you can access these sites on the go.