Saving money at the pumps during the most expensive Memorial Day yet


Another week, another new high for the national average price of gasoline which stands at just under $4.60. A year ago, this time travelers were paying $3.03. In some areas it is even worse. Drivers in 22 states are seeing prices above the national average.

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“This will be the highest Memorial Day we’ve ever seen in terms of gasoline prices, shattering the previous record high of $3.66 per gallon in 2014,” the oil analyst said. for Gasbuddy Patrick De Haan.

One of the busiest travel days of the year is a week away, during some of the highest gasoline prices the country has ever seen. This has Americans eager to save money in every way possible. Despite the price at the pump, De Haan says 58% of Americans still plan to travel this summer.

“The numbers are quite surprising considering that gas prices are at record highs. To see more Americans hitting the road this summer than last year, I think, is a testament to the strength of the economy. economy, because basically everything has been reopened and consumers still want to get out,” De Haan said.

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While it’s rare these days to get a bargain on anything, there are a few tips that can potentially save drivers hundreds over the next few months of travel.

Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch says shopping at outlet stores and grocery stores with fuel reward programs can save a lot of money. Woroch says drivers can also save by paying cash and being careful with credit cards that offer rewards for buying gas.

Gas prices at Motomart in Belleville, Illinois. Illinois has the highest gas prices east of the Rockies.

“When you stop at a gas station, you’re going to see that advertised price per gallon, and that’s for cash paying customers, so don’t be fooled that you’re going to get that price. If you can carry cash, it will be the best way to get the cheapest price right now,” Woroch said.

Woroch also says gas prices fluctuate daily, so a gas station where drivers are used to going for the cheapest prices may be a bit higher than usual depending on the week. . Therefore, searching the Internet every day is the best option to find the lowest price per gallon. Small steps can make a big difference.

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“When you think you’ll save 15 to 30 gallons by paying cash and then another 15 to 30 cents by saving, going to the cheapest gas station and redeeming fuel points and earning money to pay for your gasoline. I mean, we’re talking hundreds of dollars over a few months maybe,” Woroch said.

De Haan says even doing things like slowing down 10 to 15 miles per hour to improve fuel economy can save drivers a decent amount of money. It’s also best to do a quick search online for the lowest prices in the area and also watch the state lines on long road trips as prices can vary widely depending on state taxes. .

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