Ways to make the most of your fuel perks

If you are lucky enough to have a Bi-Lo or Winn-Dixie in your area, or can join the Fuel Rewards Network, you can get free or nearly free tanks of gas by being strategic with your everyday grocery purchases. What you will get is the fuel perks amount off per gallon up to 20 gallons of gas. You get one shot at the 20 gallons, which means, if your car only holds 12 or 15 or 18, you forfeit the rest and start over. However, if your fuel perks amount exceeds the price per gallon of gas, the amount over the price per gallon of gas will roll over.

That means, if the current price of gas is $3.00 a gallon, and you have $3.25 in fuel perks, you will still have 25 cents in your fuel perks after you fill up.

However, if your car’s tank only holds 18 gallons, you won’t get to roll over the 2 gallons.

These are the 3 ways I have (so far) maximized my 20 gallons:

  • I have vehicles that have huge gas tanks, so when one of those is ready, it’s a no-brainer. However, I have one that only holds 18 gallons, plus a couple of family members that I share with who have cars with 12 or 15 gallon tanks. So, if I’m helping one of them, we have to be nimble. What you need to do is have a family member follow you to the gas station, each of you driving a sub-20-gallon-tank vehicle. Either situate your cars on either side of the same pump, gas tank accessible, or have one car right behind the other at the pump. QUICKLY, because it will shut you off if you don’t work FAST, fill one car until it stops, then DO NOT HANG UP the pump. Have the other person QUICKLY move car #1 out of the way and move car #2 in position. If you are on either side of the same pump, just have both gas tanks easily reached. Finish filling car #2 up to the 20 gallons.
  • Bring a gas can (or two) with you. Most cans hold either 1 gallon, 2.5 gallons, or 5 gallons. Bring more cans than you think you’ll need. And be careful driving home that you have them closed up properly so they don’t spill gas everywhere.
  • Or, my favorite, be a fuel perks angel. I’ve done this a few times and thoroughly confused several people but they always seem to react happily. When my car reaches its full level, I ask the person closest to me if they want some free gas. No one has said “no” yet. They pull their car close and I pump the rest of the 20 gallons for them.

These are the 3 ways I know of. If you have any other ideas, let me know!

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