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Gas prices may not be at their peak, but they remain higher than last year. And as inflation elsewhere continues to take a bite out of budgets, finding cheap gas is a priority for many consumers.
Finding the cheapest gas in your area no longer requires wasting gas driving around to find the best price. There are now dozens of apps that do the legwork for you. Many of them compile real-time gas price data for users so you can search for gas right from your phone.
The best apps to find cheap gas near you
Gas apps are the easiest way to find cheap gas – and they require little commitment compared to loyalty programs that limit you to a single brand of fuel. When deciding which gas app to use, features like cost, membership benefits, and how the app makes money can help you make an informed decision about which one is best for you.
- Costs: Free.
- How the app makes money: GasBuddy shares your location information with “trusted partners to provide tailored advertising, analyze attribution, perform analytics, conduct research, and recognize your device on the internet”. It also has a history of sharing location data with advertisers – so make sure you don’t share your location in your privacy settings.
GasBuddy is one of the most popular apps for maximizing your gas savings. The app allows users to search for gas prices based on their current location, zip code or city. It offers a free rewards card for users that gives you discounts of up to 25 cents a gallon and links directly to your checking account to pay for gas.
One of GasBuddy’s most unique features isn’t included in the app but is available online.
The Fuel Insights feature provides helpful visualizations, including a regularly updated average price in your state, county, or metro area. For example, if the Fuel Insights tool says the average cost of gas in Orlando is $3.84, you’ll think twice about stopping at an Orlando gas station that charges $4.15 a gallon.
GasBuddy also offers a trip cost calculator that estimates the cost of gas for your next road trip, allowing you to calculate your travel budget more accurately.
- Costs: Free
- How the app makes money: Waze is funded entirely by ads placed within its app, according to a Waze spokesperson, and does not share driver data with advertisers.
Although most people know Waze as a navigation app, it also has a feature that shows prices at gas stations near you. The app allows you to sort the tank options by price, distance or brand. Some gas stations place ads in the app, which are usually placed at the top of the list, so the first result is not always the cheapest.
Waze is available anywhere in the world that has cellular and GPS coverage, making it a good option for use when traveling. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
3. WEX Connect
- Costs: Free
- How the app makes money: WEX generates revenue from account maintenance fees and funding fees, and uses that revenue to develop tools that benefit its customers, such as B. the WEX Connect app. WEX has verified that no user information is collected or sold.
WEX Connect is a free app from WEX Inc., a payment processing service for fleets and other industries. The app is available to everyone, not just WEX customers.
WEX Connect shows gas prices in a specific area near you. You can save favorite gas stations for easy access later. WEX Connect also detects electric vehicle charging stations in your area and shows which are available or currently in use. There is also a Service and Car Wash tab that shows garages and car washes near you.
4. On the top
- Costs: Free
- How the app makes money: When users redeem an offer in the app, Upside gets a share of the profits from that purchase. The Company does not sell the collected User Information.
Upside is an app that partners with companies to offer users cashback. These companies include more than 45,000 gas stations nationwide, according to the app’s website. Users can recoup up to 25 cents per gallon of gasoline.
To claim cashback offers, you need to download the app and create a free account. A credit or debit card must be used to purchase the gas. Upside will then request a copy of your receipt. In some cases, Upside offers a “check-in” option whereby your purchase from the Company is verified using a partial debit or credit card number that you have stored in your Upside account.
Cashback will be credited to your account and can be redeemed via PayPal, bank deposit or digital gift card. There is a $1 fee for withdrawals less than $10 to a bank account and those less than $15 to PayPal.
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- Costs: Free
- How the app makes money: Google makes money from ads on its platforms. Google says it doesn’t sell users’ personal information.
Tired of downloading a new app? You may already have one on your phone that shows you gas prices: Google Maps.
The Google Maps app shows gas prices when you search for gas near you. Gas price data is obtained from Google through a variety of channels, including licensed third-party data and user-contributed information. The downside of using Google Maps for gas prices is that the prices don’t update in real time; In some cases, an asterisk indicates gas prices are more than 24 hours old, which means they may not be accurate.
You can also view this gas price information by using Google Maps in a browser if you are using a computer or tablet.