Financial analyst shares tips for saving at the pumps

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) – Today’s state and national average is $4.95.

Some places in Connecticut have already passed the five dollar mark. But the good news is that there are ways to save, and it doesn’t take much.

Resident Shamia Bingham said: ‘I was actually trying to save a bit more specifically for petrol. Before, I never really noticed it, but now I notice like the $50. Me and my buddy alternate cars and try to save a little more.

Resident George Davis said: “The buses are free. You are going downtown, why do you have to drive? It’s a waste of gas. And if you are one person, go to the suburban lot and you can take the express bus to Hartford.

As for Ted Rossman of, he says check your credit cards to see if they have cash back programs. “Get a good gas rewards credit card. It’s probably not the brand of gas itself. It’s a mistake I see people make.

Rossman says maybe avoid personal gas station credit cards because they may have higher interest rates and low savings.

Cards like Chase or the Costco visa might work. On top of that, use gas station reward apps or grocery store gas credits printed on your receipts, like at Stop and Shop.

“Shop very aggressively for the best prices. Take that with a grain of salt though. Some of these apps like Upside and Gas Buddy are well intentioned. But sometimes the information is a bit out of date,” Rossman said.

Rossman also reminded that using your debit card will not give you the cash discount.

That doesn’t mean you should sign up for new credit cards. It all depends on your gas addiction and your budget.

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