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Gas Buddy, the popular website and app known for showing customers the cheapest fuel prices in a given area, continues to expand its portfolio of products to help the American household save on gas. Gas Buddy has just introduced a marketplace where consumers can earn gasoline credit when shopping through the Gas Buddy app at participating retailers.
Download the Gas Buddy app, and at the bottom of your screen, you will see the new ‘Savings' tab which shows participating retailers and the percentage of your total which will be applied as a ‘GasBack':
In order to use any GasBack credit you earn, it must be redeemed at the pump by using the Pay With Gas Buddy card. The card looks just like a credit card and is linked to your checking account for payment. Swipe the card at the pump, and any GasBack credit you've earned from the new shopping portal will be deducted from your purchase. After applying the discount, the cost of any gas you pump will be deducted from your checking account.
There are currently 18 participating merchants on the Gas Buddy Marketplace offering between 2-8% GasBack on your purchases:
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- Tire Buyer
- Old Navy
- Vitamin Shoppe
- The Container Store
- Columbia Sportswear
- The Home Depot
- Pep Boys
A Gas Buddy spokeswoman said there are plans to rapidly expand the number of retailers in the next couple months. Gas Buddy also plans to learn from the in-app experience to expand the marketplace to desktops and other platforms.
Earn Savings Every Time You Buy Gas
In addition to the ‘GasBack' you earn with online merchants, Gas Buddy also helps you save money on fuel purchases by allowing you to either receive between 5-20 cents off per gallon or by earning Shop Your Way points on every fill up.
When I use Pay with Gas Buddy, I selected to earn Shop Your Way points for every gallon of gas I pump. You can currently earn 30 Shop Your Way points per gallon pumped with your Pay with Gas Buddy for the first 60 days after you sign up. Earnings then drop to 15 cents per gallon. You will still earn Shop Your Way points even when any GasBack credit is utilized.
As an example, if I fill my car with 15 gallons of gas and have $5 in GasBack credit, I'll earn $4.50 worth of Shop Your Way points (15 gallons times $0.30 per gallon) on top of receiving a $5 discount from the total cost of the gas I pumped. I've earned close to $100 in free Shop Your Way credit which I've utilized online with Sears, Kmart and Lands End through Pay with Gas Buddy.
Using shopping portals to maximize your online shopping is a necessity. Gas Buddy, at first glance, has made this a competitive marketplace with nationwide retailers and competitive cash back percentages compared to most other shopping portals. The ability to stack savings by also earning Shop Your Way points on top of using any free GasBack makes it another tool AwardWallet users should utilize in looking for fuel savings. I look forward to the marketplace expanding. Read more about maximizing your fuel purchases here.
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