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How to save money at the gas pump
Check options online. With fuel prices at a multiyear peak, it’s time to get to know the various apps that map area gas stations and current pump prices. GasBuddy, Fuel Finder, Gas Guru, and AAA all can point you to the lowest price around, which can be valuable at a time when the price increases are costing drivers $100 to $200 more a year.
Plan ahead. Gasoline taxes differ significantly from state to state, so if your road trip crosses a state line, plan accordingly. A driver leaving Ohio and entering Pennsylvania, for example, would have to pay 36 cents per gallon more to refuel after crossing the border. You should also try to avoid stations on major highways, because they tend to charge more.
Pay cash. Some stations charge less if you pay with cash instead of a credit card. Usually, the difference is 10 to 15 cents a gallon, but it can be as much as a dollar. Source: Consumer Reports