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6 Best iPhone Apps to Save Money with Cheap Local Gas Prices

By Suzanne Kearns

gas pump nozzlesThe national average price of a gallon of gas is $3.84 – and gas prices are expected to rise even higher.

If you’ve been running on fumes or watching your savings account slowly dwindle thanks to the price at the pump, then it’s time to get out your phone.

No, not to call your local representative (although, you could try that, too), but to download these six apps that can help you save money on gas.

Best Mobile Apps to Save Money on Gas

1. GasBuddy

GasBuddy maps the nearest gas station and allows sorting by price or location, so that you can find the cheapest one near you. Using GPS and cellular triangulation technology, this app allows users to search by zip code or city. Simply put in your location, and you’ll be saving money in no time.

  • Price: Free
  • Available for: iPhone, Android and Windows phones (they’re working on one for Blackberry)

gas buddy app

2. AAA TripTik

Not only will AAA TripTik help find the cheapest gas prices near you, this app offers trip planning, which means it will show you the route that will use the least amount of gas. This app can be used for short, across-town trips or long, cross-country vacations.

  • Price: Free
  • Available for: iPhone, iPod, iPad

aaa triptik

3. Route4Me

Route4Me is the perfect app to use if you have to make a lot of stops and want to save gas in the process. By organizing your route sequence, this app will show you the shortest overall route, which will of course result in less dollars spent at the pump. It boasts that it can give you 25-35% better optimized directions.

  • Price: Free
  • Available for: iPhone, iPad

route4me app

4. iGasUp

iGasUp finds gas stations based on price or location. With 110,000 gas stations listed in its database, this app claims to be the world’s most accurate collection of gas stations and their data.  They offer real-time prices because they accumulate their data from recent credit card swipes. Simply type in your location to view results. In addition, if you’re planning ahead, simply punch in the zip code where you’re planning to be.

  • Price: $0.99
  • Available for: iPhone and iPod

igasup app

5. Carticipate

Carticipate helps you find people to carpool with. The first ever ride-sharing program available on a mobile app, it allows you to broadcast your trips to friends, co-workers, and family, and then set up ride shares. You can do it on the road using your iPhone, or plan in advance by using their Facebook page. Either way, you’ll spend less on gas since you can split up the cost, and get some company out of the deal.

  • Price: Free
  • Available for: iPhone (or on Facebook)

carticipate app

6. Waze

Waze helps you avoid gas guzzling traffic jams. Using GPS navigation and real-time reports from other users, this app identifies and tracks auto accidents, traffic jams, and police speed traps. You’ll be able to save gas because you won’t get stuck in traffic and be forced to idle away your gas.

  • Price: Free
  • Available for: iPhone

waze app

Final Word

Don’t let high gas prices get you down. By downloading one or a combination of these apps, you can outsmart the pumps and use more of your money for the things you really want.

Do you know of any other great gas saving apps? Share them in the comments and help others save more!

(photo credit: Shutterstock)

Suzanne Kearns
Suzanne lives in Texas and has been a full-time freelance writer for 20 years. She’s written for numerous business and financial publications, both online and in traditional print media. She also owns her own small business and has a passion to help others achieve their dreams of financial independence. Her goal is to eventually work from a remote island that is equipped with Wi-Fi.

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  • http://www.savingtoinvest.com Andy

    Great apps, espically with gas prices heading up. I’ve used Gas Buddy for a while now, but find that it only really provides the best deal in the bigger metro area’s. Now if we could use these apps to price match, that would be something.

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