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How to Save Money on Gas with Apps


Track Your Fuel Economy

If you're an overachiever with adept math skills, calculating your fuel economy isn't hard at all. Divide this into that, yadda and yadda. But who the heck wants to do math anymore? You have a smartphone! Just input the miles on your odometer and the amount of fuel you filled up in GasHog for iPhone and the app will easily figure out your miles per gallon. In fact, you'll be able to keep track of historic data and break down your fuel economy and exact cost per mile, that way you know exactly how much driving is costing you. Mileage for Android does the same thing. [GasHog $1, Mileage Free]

Make Sure That Cheap Gas Station Is Worth It

This is key because we're all guilty of driving an extra mile or two just to pump up at the gas station 2 cents cheaper than the one right next to your house. But you should ask yourself: are those 2 cents worth it? You can find out! Bankrate has a great tool that actually figures this out for you. You plug in the capacity of your gas tank, mpg and distance between two gas stations and it'll spit out which gas station is a better deal. You'll never be fooled again. [TripAlyizer $6, greenMeter $6]

Keep Your Car in Good Condition

A car that's not running right could be suckling more gas than it actually needs. That's why it's important to keep up to date with oil changes, make sure all the fluids are right and your tires still have tread on them. Car Care for iPhone is great because it keep tracks of your fuel economy and gives you service reminders through notifications. You can use it with multiple cars and peek at snazzy graphs. aCar does the same thing for Android--reminders, charts, multiple vehicles--but it's free and can even export your data to a computer. [Car Care $3, aCar Free]

Plan a Route Near Cheap Gas Stations

I don't remember the last time I used MapQuest, but the next time I take a long trip I definitely will. Why? Because MapQuest has a great feature that lets you see the gas stations near the route you'll take. You can then tweak the directions to fit in strategic filling periods which is almost like killing two birds with one stone. It's good to be prepared. [MapQuest]

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