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3 OF THE BEST APPS FOR LOCATING CHEAP GAS PRICES

3 OF THE BEST APPS FOR LOCATING CHEAP GAS PRICES

It’s hard to stick to a personal financial plan when prices for basic necessities keep increasing. Though most economists insist that inflation is under control in the U.S., rising gas prices could become a real budget buster through the remainder of 2011. Recently, the average U.S. price for a gallon of regular gasoline hit $3.88, reaching its highest level since 2008.

Energy analysts see more price hikes ahead. Three-quarters of Americans drive to and from work (alone). So it makes sense that the average car-owner uses about 550 gallons of gas per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s most recent data. At a price of, say, $4-per-gallon, many of us are spending about $2,200 a year on gasoline. Until we’re all zipping in electric cars, the best way to economize (apart from driving less) is to make sure we’re getting the best price for gas.

To help you manage the rising price of gas, I recommend these three mobile apps that can help you find the lowest gas prices wherever you happen to be driving:

  • 1) GasBuddy, available for free on BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, and Windows devices. (Get it here)
  • 2) Fuel Finder, a $2.99 iPhone-only app that promises to save you about $300 a year. (Get it here)
  • 3) AAA TripTik Mobile, a free iPhone and Android app. (Get it here)

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*If you don’t use a smartphone, you can get the same information by visiting Gasbuddy.com, autos.msn.com/everyday/gasstationsbeta.aspx or gasprices.mapquest.com.

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Article by JOHN SIMONS, Black Enterprise | Read full article here