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    Driving to Disney....

    Ok for our trip in May we will be driving down from the north east corner of CT.. A 22 hour drive. No children will be with us just four adults. Two that hate flying so that is why were driving. My question for you is what is the best way of dealing with the cost of gas? We have figured high and amount that we think we might need and I have received that amount from two of the four and I would like ideas on how to make most out of the money? What is the best ideas, or cards to use to buy the gas... I have no clue what cards give the best cash back or what not on gas,so any help would be great .. Thanks....

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    Re: Driving to Disney....

    We have a local service station company that allows you to rack up points for purchases and you can use those points to get free items such as gift cards. The points usually take a while to accumulate so I save them up between trips. I cashed out enough points on our last trip that I had a $100 gas card which fueled us from Ohio through Tennessee. Other then that we just save money and budget high. I also make sure the car is road ready. I change the spark plugs, fuel filter and make certain the tires are properly inflated. I call it the 2008 Candidate Obama travel plan...Sorry couldn't resist!

    In the future you could check out banks and see what kind of perks they offer. My parents bank at Chase and they have an account that gives rewards for using your debit cards for purchases and doing online banking. They can cash those reward points in for gift cards.
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    we drive down every year for the past 10 years, make sure you fill up in new jersey off i95 they have the cheapest gas out of all the states and theres a place called Smiths Chevron in South Carolina which is cheap as well . Goodluck
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    Re: Driving to Disney....

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    Ok for our trip in May we will be driving down from the north east corner of CT.. A 22 hour drive. No children will be with us just four adults. Two that hate flying so that is why were driving. My question for you is what is the best way of dealing with the cost of gas? We have figured high and amount that we think we might need and I have received that amount from two of the four and I would like ideas on how to make most out of the money? What is the best ideas, or cards to use to buy the gas... I have no clue what cards give the best cash back or what not on gas,so any help would be great .. Thanks....
    Most cards these days (I know for sure Chase and Discover) have rotating categories of purchases that receive extra cash back. EG both Discover and Chase cards are offering 5% back on gas through the end of March, then it will be on to something else.

    Another option - I don't know if they do this in CT, but in FL you can buy gas and other gift cards at places like Walgreens and Publix (a supermarket chain down here). So if gas isn't getting 5% but drug stores are, buy gas cards at a drug store. If supermarkets are getting 5%, see if you can get gas cards at a supermarket.

    Another tip, and I'm sure you already know this, but all other things being equal, ANY vehicle will get better gas mileage at a steady speed than it will if you're speeding up and slowing down a lot. Obviously you don't have very much control over that in I-95 during the day. However I've found that when I do the drive overnight, I not only get much better gas mileage but also make much better time.

    One of the most frustrating things is that gas prices can vary by quite a bit along the route as well. There's this one Pilot gas station somewhere in South Carolina, that's usually considerably cheaper than anywhere for miles either way, and I always miss it because their tall sign that shows the price is obscured until after you pass the exit you'd have to take to get there! I know there are smart phone apps that can tell you gas prices in a given area, but I haven't had a smart phone for very long and haven't had a chance to try it on a trip. But it seems to me that you could save (or lose) a fair amount of money depending on how close you get to paying the optimum price for gas.

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    Wish I had the patience to drive down. Might happen one day if I can't get good airfare. I work at the airport I fly out of so it's also very convenient.
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    Some tips for saving gas, slow down if possible.
    Don't be afraid to use a truck stop.
    Go a mile or two off the exit and find cheaper gas.
    I use the POYNT apllication on my blackberry and it shows gas prices.
    Make sure you have enough gas while on the Florida turnpike, the servic plaza is very expensive.
    Try not to fill up in Orlando.
    Keep in mind that you are still saving money over flying.

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    Try not to get gas near Disney, that's for sure. I saw one station behind our hotel (a Mobil) that was at $4.89!
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    As soon as I left the state of Florida into Georgia, gas dropped about twentyfive cents a gallon.

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    We live in Florida and believe it or not the gas in Orlando is cheaper than the area we are from! Also, avoid filling up in NC if possible, they have very expensive gas.

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    GasBuddy is a great app for showing gas prices around you. I also agree with the post about going a mile or so off of the highway. There can sometimes be a huge difference. I know places like Shell tend to have higher prices no matter what.

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