Whether it’s going back to work, taking the kids to school, or a long-awaited vacation, people have places to be again. Gas prices are currently 23% higher than they were in 2020 as the demand for gas goes up. Luckily, there are gasoline assistance programs available for low-income families and other individuals. There are also a few apps that can help you save money per gallon, find the cheapest gas in your area, and earn rewards. Here’s where to find them:
Free Gas Vouchers
If you receive Medicaid, you may be able to receive gas vouchers or reimbursements for your trips to medical appointments through the Non-Emergency Transportation (NEMT) assistance program.
Call 2-1-1 or go to 211.org to see if you qualify for a free gas voucher in your area. They can also help you with things like bills, food, and shelter.
The Salvation Army occasionally gives out free gas cards. Click here to find a location near you.
Programs vary from state to state and even from county to county. For more information, try searching “free gas vouchers” plus your state or county online.
Apps To Save Money
Gas companies like Shell, Exxon, and BP all have rewards programs through their apps and save customers roughly 3 to 10 cents per gallon. Using these apps is not the same as having a gas credit card.
Apps like GasBuddy and Gas Guru can help you find the cheapest gas prices in your area and give you deals and rewards just for using the app. Customers can save about $300 per year, according to financial educator, Mayra García.
Gas Guru App for Apple
Gas Guru App for Android
GetUpside is another app that helps customers find the cheapest local gas prices. This app saves users 3 to 38 cents per gallon.
Tips To Save Money On Gas
- Drive slower and calmer
- Keep tires properly inflated to the recommended amount
- Only use premium fuel if your vehicle requires it
- Consider a fuel-efficient vehicle
- Walk, bike, and use public transportation when possible