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Using The Net To Find The Best Gas Prices

May 13, 2008
The next time you go out in your car and you know you have to fill up with gas, hop online and see what prices are the cheapest in your area. Did you know that there are websites on the internet that will tell you exactly what the prices are in your neighborhood? Using systems like this can save you a few cents per gallon. Sometimes just traveling a few streets over can save you a few bucks.

I'm sure if you're reading this article, you already know how the internet works. Right now as of 2008, there are three main gas pricing websites that people like to frequent. Each website is unique in its own way. Some websites rely on the users to input the gas prices and some websites use data such as credit card data, etc to determine the numbers. Listed below are a few websites that you can check online that show you gas prices in your area.

Gasbuddy.com and Gaspricewatch.com

These two websites are very similar to each other. Each website will rely on its members to input the gas prices in their area. The websites will offer incentives so that users will input the gas prices in their neighborhood. These incentives will usually range anywhere from free gas station gift cards to t-shirts, etc.

The owners of the website said that data is usually reset after 48 hours to ensure the information on the website is accurate. The users can also delete information if they find the gas prices to be misleading. Besides the gas prices, you can also jump on message boards and discuss gas prices and everything to that nature. So, if you want more than just the gas prices, you can get it.

AAA's website

AAA offers a gas price service that isn't as good as gasbuddy and gaspricewatch but their service relies more on gas price data. Before the internet got big and these other websites hit the web, a lot of users when to this website to just get an idea of an average of the gas prices in the areas they were going to frequent. As of today, this website isn't as popular but it can help you if you don't find gasbuddy and gaspricewatch to be useful.

The next time you leave your house and you know your tank is on empty, these are great guides to check out to see where you can get the cheapest gas. All it takes is a few minutes of your time and the interface on these websites usually is very user friendly. So if you're not a fan of the internet, you shouldn't find problems using this website.

As the internet grows, there will be more and more websites that are similar to these that will offer more information. In the meantime, these websites are defintely the best as of now. Until then, if you want to save even more on gas, this is the route to go.
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