Save Big Bucks Each Time You Fill ‘Er Up!

Save Big Bucks Each Time You Fill ‘Er Up!


They say that membership has its privileges and, in the case of auto club society AAA, it has certainly proven that way for me. Several times over the many years I’ve been a member, I’ve had to call AAA for help and they’ve always responded rapidly with the assistance I needed whether it was a tow, help with a dead battery, or access to a car with keys locked inside.

Gas StationI also receive a copy of AAA’s regional magazine, a publication that is sent out on a bi-monthly basis. Big on providing vacation information, AAA also keeps its readers informed about their cars, providing tips on how to conserve gas, save money on repairs, and other timely advice.

What I recently have discovered about AAA is that some of their advice can be found right online and you don’t have to be a member to access that information. Perhaps the most helpful advice for travelers today is finding information about gas prices, particularly where the cheapest fuel can be found. Thanks to AAA’s Fuel Finder tool at, that information is readily available.

I like Fuel Finder because I find the information to be accurate and up to date. What it provides is the price of gasoline in any given area, typically three, five or ten miles of a ZIP code. AAA compiles this information based on credit card transactions, providing prices on regular, plus and premium gasoline as well as diesel right online.

Of course, traveling out of your way to get cheaper gas means that you’re expending more fuel, so you want to find stations nearest the roads you are traveling. This can be especially helpful if you are taking a trip, have internet access in your car, and can pull up that information as you drive. I’ve found gas price differences of twenty-five cents or more a gallon, which translates into five dollar per fill up savings for a vehicle with a twenty gallon fuel tank.

I’ve also used to find lower prices, but that information is provided by drivers and isn’t always accurate or up to date. Still, having free online tools to help you save money on fill ups is great, savings every consumer can use during these tough economic times.

Adv. — Save money on all of your consumer spending by shopping wisely. Visit to find ways to save on health costs, home improvement, travel, entertainment, toys for Christmas, and much more.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".