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Use Gas Buddy to Save on Your Next Road Trip

April 29, 2015 by

Gas Buddy

It nice to have gas prices down from what they were but the price of gas is still a large expense on any road trip.

Now Gas Buddy is an app that points you to the cheapest gas stations in the area. Then all you have to do is tap on the gas station on your screen and it will pull up driving directions on Google Maps.

Gas Buddy

How It Works

This app lets you find the gas stations near your location based on distance, price, or you can use the default setting. It works based on input from its community of users.

Prices are reported by the people using the app, and by doing so they rack up points which later can be redeemed for entries toward free prizes. For each gas price reported, two points are awarded toward the prize.

The current give-away is a $100 in prepaid gas every day, but prizes change daily and you’ll need 1,000 points to enter.

Gas Buddy

Using Gas Buddy, you can find the cheapest or closest gas to your location using these four steps:

  1. Select a single city: This will identify price trends or identify a historical price most accurately. OR Select multiple cities to compare pump prices between cities.
  2. Select time duration: Selection of time duration will define how long into history the prices will be displayed.In some cities only limited price history information is available and in those cases the line will be flat for extended periods.
  3. Comparison shopping: When comparing US cities to Canadian cities you have a choice of price units. The standard unit of measure in the US is dollars per gallon and in Canada the standard is cents/liter. Comparison of US and Canadian cities is done using recent currency exchange rates and uses the conversion factor of 1 US gallon being equal to 3.78 liters.
  4. Click the “Create Chart!” button.

Where to Find Gas Buddy

Gas Buddy can be downloaded at Apple’s App Store, Google Play, for Windows Phones, or the BlackBerry App World. It’s convenient and let’s you stretch your travel dollar a little further.

Photo credits: I Use This App

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