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Summer? Use Your Gas Card on Your Road Trip! Save Money!

Aug 12, 2008
Even in trying times, it's nice to have a little bit of fun. Vacations and holidays are just around the corner and the best part about it is summer is here! But with the rising cost of expenses, you might be stuck in just one place. If you're planning on going out of town, there are ways to cut down on costs and save on money. One of these ways is to use gas cards to manage your fuel.

If you're planning that weekend down at the coast or that holiday up in the mountains but are fretting about your budget don't worry. There are ways to work around it. If you have your heart set on that road trip, by all means go. However, you should know that it is more expensive these days to go on a road trip than before. Still, there are a few ways you can save:

Bring friends!
The more friends you bring equals less individual costs all around. You'll be splitting on food, expenses, even gas. This means that you can easily cut your expenses in half or even in fourths, depending on how many people you're bringing with you. If you're going on that road trip, it will be a lot more fun with your friends and family in the car with you. Stock up on tunes, MP3s, chips and drinks so it'll be fun along the way. That'll also save you a couple of bucks so you don't have to stop in convenience stores along the way.

Get fuel a little out of the highway.
Fuel by the interstate or highways are definitely more expensive than fuel at those stations a little farther in. Just don't take a wrong turn that could get you lost. Use your maps. Plan your route so that you don't backtrack, get lost or end up someplace you don't want to be. Take a route that is both scenic and short, that way you spend less fuel. I can't stress the importance of having a well-maintained car that will help you manage your fuel consumption better.

Bring your gas card.
Why? This will help you keep track of your expenses for fuel. You can get some great dining rebates as well. Your 10 cents a gallon can translate to hundreds of dollars, depending on how many miles you go. At the very least, it'll help you with the times that you're strapped for cash. You know those mornings when you wake up hung over and wondering where the two hundred bucks in your pocket is. Well, you don't have to worry about paying for your gas if that ever happens. Also, if you're shouldering gas for the trip with friends expressing the intent to pay you later, it gives you a record of how much fuel you actually spent during the trip. At the very least, you can take advantage of auto maintenance and travel rewards during the trip itself. If your car breaks down and your car is in good status, go ahead, call it in.

The expensive cost of gas shouldn't deter you from your summer fun! Using these tips and tricks can help you have that memorable summer vacation that you've always wanted. Just don't forget your camera!
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