For the last two weeks, my wife and I have been driving around with our gas tank near empty (or on empty). We have this handy tool in our new (to us) car that lets us see an estimate of how many miles we have left on the gas we have in our tank. It’s actually really handy because we know that when it says we have about 40 gallons left, we’re okay. Lower than that we start to panic a little.
Anyway, we’ve been waiting to get gas for a while because we wanted to get a good deal. Gas prices aren’t extremely high – I know what you’re thinking “When I was a kid they were only $1 a gallon and we thought that was high!” Yes, yes, I know. Me too. It was cheaper when I was a kid, but when I think about how just a few years ago it was almost $4 a gallon for gas, this $2.39 seems pretty cheap.
However, we are on a strict budget to pay off our $188,000 in debt that we’ve accrued – we don’t have money to pay $2.39 a gallon for gas. So, we needed to take action and make gas affordable – it IS possible. When we filled up our gas tank on Saturday, we got gas for less than $22.
How we filled up our gas tank for $1.379 a gallon:
If you don’t live in the Midwest, this may not apply to you. However, if you do, you’re in luck. Our little trick is this: Shop at HyVee. It’s that simple. Our fuel saver card saves us hundreds of dollars in gas money each and every year and we don’t plan to stop using it.
But isn’t Walmart cheaper? While Walmart advertises themselves as cheaper and more competitive than the normal grocery store, we have actually found their prices to be fairly similar. Sometimes you can get one or two items cheaper, but most of the time it evens out because of the items that they skyrocket.
We recently went to Walmart to buy bottle of spice. We thought it’d be the cheapest way to go, but when we got there, they wanted almost $4 for the tiny canister. We couldn’t handle it. We went over to HyVee and they had the same spice, in the same canister, in the same brand, for only $1.
Walmart isn’t always cheaper and once you add in the fuel saver savings, you can’t compete. If we plan our grocery trips right, we can save around $.50 per gallon each trip! Each of the savings lasts 30 days, so we have plenty of time to use it. And, even better, you can get your flu shot and save even more!
How getting our flu shot saved us money on gas:
We had saved around $.60 on gas from grocery trip and decided to hang on and stay at empty for a few weeks until we had time to get our flu shots. Why? Because it saved us an extra $.40 per gallon on gas!
That’s right – each fall, HyVee gives out flu shots (and your insurance should cover it!) and for each flu shot you get $.40 off per gallon of gas! That’s one hell of a savings, if I do say so myself.
Now, I’m not affiliated with HyVee in any way, but I would recommend them to anyone who is trying to live frugally and pay off their debt. I saved around $15 on my last gas trip – it adds up. I hope to save around $300 this year on gas alone!
What are you doing to save money and pay off your debt? Let us know in the comments below!