Find the best gas prices with free GasBuddy app
Gas prices: ugh.
If, like most Americans, you drive to work, you've no doubt
felt the pinch at the pump. I don't know about you, but it pains me
deeply to put $50, $60, even $70 into my gas tank every week. (And
my wife fills up even more often.)
Needless to say, you should always look for the station with
the cheapest gas. Even if you save only 10 or 20 cents per gallon
every time you fill up, it adds up.
Ah, but how can you make sure you're getting the best price?
Maybe there's a station just around the corner that costs 15 cents
There's an app for that: GasBuddy
. Available free for Android, BlackBerry, iOS,
and Windows Phone, GasBuddy shows you the nearest gas stations and
their current prices.
Just tap Find Gas Near Me, and the app lists every station in
the vicinity, with prices on Regular, Midgrade, Premium, and
Diesel. You can sort the results by distance or price, ideal for
figuring out if it's worth driving a little out of your way to
score a better deal.
There's also a Map view, with icons representing each station
and a chance to get directions if you're in an unfamiliar area. And
if you want to know whether the gas will be cheaper at your
destination than it is where you are now, you can search for
stations based on city, state, or Zip.
Given the way gas prices fluctuate, and how different they can
be from one station to another, it's almost crazy not to use
GasBuddy. With a few taps you can make sure you're getting the
lowest price every single time.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.