8 On Your Side: Saving at the gas pump

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Every summer gas prices spike just as folks want to hit the road for summer vacations.

First, the good news is gas prices are down this week from last week. The national average for a gallon of gas is $2.85 down four cents from $2.89 a week ago.

In Nevada, it’s a different story with much higher prices, $3.28 versus $3.31 a week ago. Now, the bad news. With the Fourth of July holiday coming up next week, prices are expected to climb once again.

In fact, AAA expects the national average to range between $2.85 and $3.05 through at least Labor Day and you can bet there will be higher averages in Nevada.

So what can you do to save money?

There are apps like Gasbuddy which will show you the latest prices at nearby gas stations and help you take advantage of membership rewards points at different gas stations.

You want to be sure to take advantage of those special deals and savings programs.

A lot of gas stations have membership cards or savings programs that will save you on every gallon. Even some grocery stores like Smith’s have programs where you can get a reduced rate on gas depending on how much you spend on groceries. Some people report saving as much as a $1 a gallon this way.

Some credit cards give you more cash back for filling up at the pump and clubs like Costco and Sam’s allows members to fill up for a reduced price.

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