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Fuel Savings Card Tips and Tricks

“We have a Citi card double cash.  For every purchase we get a 2% back. We use this to pay off some of the credit card when it gets large enough.” – Alan Crawford, 2015 Chevy Silverado HD3500, 2014 Arctic Fox 990

“I use Costco (although the cheap bastards don’t have paper towels or a windshield bucket) and Sam’s Club.” – Deric Meakins, 2002 Chevy 2500, still looking for my unicorn

“While on our 2015 trip to Alaska and across the country, we joined Kroger supermarkets for food discount and fuel points.  Kroger owns Fred Myers, Food for Less, Ralph’s Fresh Fare, and Ralph’s.  This helped in reducing not only our fuel costs, but also our food bill.  The lowest fuel cost to us was in a Georgia fuel stop.  With the discount we paid $1.89/gallon for diesel.” – Alex Blasingame, 2007 Ford F250, 2002 Lance 815

“On the topic of fuel, I consider the miles per gallon of the brand most important.  I do a test by driving until close to empty then filling the tank, get the receipt, and write the millage on it.  I use the same brand for five fill-ups.  Then, I add totals for miles and gallons and divide.

I have done this for new and used cars, trucks, and vans over 35 years and always find that one brand works better in one vehicle like 12.5 versus 14 in a Dodge van 318 two-barrel stick.  The part of the year when alcohol is added, I always get a drop in mpg –  about 15%.  I find that discount brands of fuel come in way below the major brands I test.  I use the miles per gallon to figure cost per mile over just low cost per gallon”. – Ivan Hass

“I have a AAA Visa that gives me money back credits on gas and groceries.  I also have a BJ’s Wholesale Club membership and occasionally there are some gas stations that give a discount if you pay with cash.  I mostly use my AAA card since groceries are included and I can use it at any grocery store.” – Marcia Liedigk, 2000 GMC K3500 Sierra, 1998 Fleetwood Elkhart

“I use my Fred Meyer card for their 3% discount for the Washington/Oregon area, but I always pay cash.  Sometimes I’ll go to Costco for a good discount. More of their stores are putting in diesel now, but you have to use a debit or credit card.  I like to pay cash.

I have a Good Sam card and will seek out Pilot/Flying J stations, but I still pay cash.  Actually I very seldom use a credit card/debit card because I don’t want to be thinking about a bill coming in while we’re on the road.  I like paying cash for fuel.

On a road trip I’ll try and estimate the distance and figure the number of fill-ups we’ll need and bring enough cash to cover the fuel expenditure.  I don’t even like using ATM machines.  They always seem to tack on an extra fee.” – Roger Odahl, 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, 2004 Eagle Cap 950


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