Clever ways to fight increasing gas prices

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We can't do much about the price of oil, but you can make things a little easier when you fill up at the gas pump.

Last month when gas prices were increasing I shared some tips like using your cruise control and driving slower in order to stretch your mileage but this week, I have some ideas that probably slipped your mind.

For example, use your Smart Phone before filling up. On your Smart Phone, you can download an app called "Gas Buddy" for free. 

Gas Buddy uses your phone to find your exact location and then automatically tells you where the cheapest gas is around you. It will even tell you how much it costs per gallon. It really does work. If you don't have a Smart Phone, there’s no problem.  Just log on to the internet and go to Gas Buddy's website. Enter you zip code and you'll know exactly all of the inexpensive gas stations around your home. 

Try avoiding freeway gas stations. Experts say gas is usually higher just off the freeway because it is more convenient.

Also, use your rewards cards when you can. Several grocery stores will reward you with 10 cents off a gallon or more if you simply buy your gas from them.

Also, remember warehouse clubs. Costco and Sam's Club are some of the most popular and offer as much as 20 cents off a gallon of gas. For a 20-gallon tank, that's $4 in savings and can really add up every time you fill up. In other words, forget regular gas stations.

Finally, use low-octane fuel. This is a no-brainer but some folks insist on putting high octane gas in their cars when they don't have to. Some makes and models do require higher octane. To make sure, about your vehicle, simply check your owner's manual.  Most likely, low octane is fine for your car and, more importantly, it is a lot cheaper.