Today’s high gas prices may be putting a damper on your summer travel plans but there’s an easy way to find the cheapest gas around you thanks to GasBuddy.com, a website that compiles member-submitted gas price data in the US and Canada. GasBuddy.com has been around since 2000 and offers a free iPhone app so you can access the information on the go.
GasBuddy for the iPhone is a snap to use. When you first open it, you can opt to log in with an existing GasBuddy.com account if you have one or create one if you don’t. If you’d rather not log in or create an account, it’s no big deal and you can still use the app to find the cheapest gas prices. The app uses your iPhone’s GPS capabilities to find your current location and then shows you a list or map view of stations near you and their prices for the different grades of gas. You can also manually enter a location if you want to scope out prices in an area you’re planning on visiting.
You can sort the price information by price or distance from your location. Tapping on an entry will give you more details about the gas station and all the gas grades it offers.
GasBuddy.com gets its price information from members who voluntarily submit data through the website or a smartphone app. As incentive, GasBuddy.com offers weekly drawings for $250 gas gift cards, for which members can earn tickets by submitting gas prices. So if you join, which is free, submitting gas prices earns you points and you can redeem these points for tickets to be entered in the weekly drawings. You can find more information on the weekly drawings here. Neat, huh?
The official GasBuddy app is ad-supported and there is no way to remove these ads. If ads bother you, there’s another route to take to get GasBuddy.com’s information and enter prices on the go with the paid app Fuel Finder by Bottle Rocket. Fuel Finder used to be the official GasBuddy.com app until the site developed its own app a couple of years ago. I’ve been using Fuel Finder for several years now and find it to have a cleaner and more attractive interface than GasBuddy, in addition to the fact that it’s ad-free.
Fuel Finder offers some different features compared to GasBuddy, including a Favorites tab where you can add your favorite gas stations for quicker reference and an On Fumes tab to show you the nearest gas stations regardless of the age of any pricing data available.
The one significant feature that the official GasBuddy app offers GasBuddy.com members over Fuel Finder is the ability to convert earned points into tickets to enter the weekly drawings.
So there you have it – two apps that can help you spend less money on gas (if you’re in the US or Canada) so you can spend more on your vacations this summer. Drive safely!