Is there a way to save money on gas now that it has reached new highs both nationally and in Chicago?
With gas prices exceeding $5 per gallon with a $2 increase over the previous year's average, many people are paying big bucks at the pump.
This month, Chicago gas prices reached an all-time high, as Illinois ranks sixth nationally in gas prices and second in gas taxes, with the current average of $6, according to the AAA.
Gas apps help find cheap gas
Checking apps like GasBuddy, Upside, and Gas Guru can help you find cheap gas before filling up your tank.
GasBuddy and Gas Guru can help you find the cheapest gas in your neighborhood or the city. Where you can choose what type of gasoline you need and how far you are willing to travel to receive the cheapest prices.
On Upside, you can use offers to get cash back at gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores. You are provided with offers from nearby locations and have a set number of hours to use them.
You can save cents per gallon on every fill-up by using these gas apps. Along with additional seasonal and targeted promotions to help you save even more money at the pump.
Gas rewards and loyalty programs
Many major gas station chains have a loyalty program, and some offer regular discounts.
Wawa is currently offering 15 cents off a gallon when you pay for gas using its app through June 12.
Along with other popular gas rewards programs which include: BPme Rewards, Exxon Mobil Rewards+, and Shell Fuel Rewards, if you participate in their loyalty programs, you can expect to save 3-5 cents per visit or earn cash back.
Costco and Sam’s Club gas
Costco and Sam's Club are known for having some of the lowest gas rates in the area, which can make their gas stations some of the busiest while also being some of the cheapest.
However, to pump gas at these wholesale stores, you must be a member.