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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Saving On Your Next Road Trip

Are you planning a road trip? With demand for gas up and price up along with it, you may be thinking it's not entirely affordable. Well, we traveled well on our road trip and though gas prices varied widely across 3 states (it was still between $3.79 and $4.69/gallon) we didn't feel like we were paying more. I also found a great gem of an app to save on gas through cash back. 

Are you planning a road trip? Well, I found a great gem of an app to give you cash back on gas everywhere you go.

If you've been following me for a while, you know how much I love cash back apps. Get Upside is no different. I was able to find participating stations much of the time when we needed to stop for gas and I'm building my balance to cash out without a penalty (the threshold only $15), though you can cash out at any time you like.

Here's how it works:

  • Sign up for free (but if you use my link or promo code: SHEREEN2633 you can get a bonus of 15 extra cents per gallon on your first gas purchase).
  • When you need gas, open the app and see participating stations near you. You'll be able to see how much gas is and how much you'll save per gallon. 
  • Choose the station by clicking on the claim button.
  • You'll have 3-4 hours to get gas to redeem your offer (each participating station only has a limited amount of claims to be made).
  • Once you arrive at your station - the app can also give you directions - you will need to check in. Sometimes this is just clicking the check-in button in the app and sometimes you have to put in partial credit card information for them to verify your purchase.
  • That's it. Your cash back will be added within a day or two.

I received between 7 cents and 23 cents off per gallon while road tripping, which doesn't sound like much, but it can really add up. If you find yourself on a route that may have iffy cell service, remember that you will have, on average, 3 hours to complete your offer, so before you head into a dead zone, search for deals, claim one that seems doable, and then you're set for when you get there.

I'm sure you're thinking "70 cents is all good, but it's not really going to save me enough to make a difference on my trip." You might be right, though if you're filling up 10 times on a trip, that's several free gallons of gas. Also, Get Upside has now added hundreds of restaurants to their app that average 7% cash back. And soon, there will be grocery stores and convenience stores added as well, saving you on those snacks, cooler staples, and meal items for your destinations.

I know it'll take a little extra effort to get a bit of a deal on much of your trip, but it can be worth it. The person not driving can have the job of finding the stations and calling out directions for your trip. 

What are some of your favorite travel apps? 

Disclaimer: when you sign up with my link, I get a bonus just like you get a bonus. Thanks in advance for helping us both

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