Between work, school runs, shopping, and days out, fuel for the car often seems to be one of the biggest drains on my purse. Now that prices are going up again, my car’s ability to burn money is only getting stronger.
As a result I’m always on the lookout for ways to keep my petrol costs down, and I’ve found a few ways of pulling this off. Some of the most useful tips I can recommend are:
Find the Cheapest Seller
It’s tempting to pop into the nearest petrol station or the most convenient; the one attached to the supermarket where you do your shopping, or the one you pass every day on the way home from work. As long as you’re not using too much petrol to travel out of your way and get to it, however, it is definitely better to pay some attention to prices and go for the cheapest. Signing up to this website for free is a handy way to compare petrol prices within a certain distance of your home. The differences per litre may be a penny or two, but over multiple litres and multiple fill-ups you may be surprised how much it mounts up.
Use Special Offers
Using the petrol station attached to the supermarket where you shop isn’t always a bad thing. Apart from the fact supermarket petrol stations are often competitively priced, there is often an opportunity to take advantage of special offers in order to save. Unfortunately one of the biggest such offers, a discount on fuel with Tesco Clubcard points, ended a while ago. However, there is still a chance to collect loyalty points on fuel purchases with many supermarkets – effectively a discount, if a small one, when you later cash those points in. With the amount of petrol most people buy each year, those points can really build up. Sometimes temporary offers are introduced for loyalty card holders or people who shop and fill up at the same time, such as a loyalty points boost or simple discount, so it is always worth watching for those to appear.
Fuel Cashback Credit Cards
Some credit cards give specific cashback on fuel purchases, and the end result of this is pretty much the same as a discount. The cashback rate is generally only a few percent but, like loyalty points and price differences, this can really mount up over time. However, make sure that you pay back the credit card balance in time to avoid interest, which will easily cancel out the savings and even outweigh them, leaving you worse off. A direct debit to make sure the balance gets repaid each month is definitely the way to go, as it takes human error out of the equation completely.