It’s no secret that many of us plan on driving to Christmas & New Year’s gatherings, but those who know where to fill up stand to reap the best savings.
In a recent analysis of retail gasoline prices across multiple types of providers, GasBuddy finds that ‘wholesale clubs’ (i.e., Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club) offer the greatest savings versus other competing gasoline sellers in the area. The wholesale clubs’ price advantage for 2013 represents a differential of 11 cents per gallon versus other local stations.
“It's important with millions of Americans hitting the road for Christmas to give them tips on where they are likely to find the most savings at the pump,” says Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “We’re pleased to share the findings on price trends across retail categories and hope that our reminder will help motorists keep more of their money in their pocket.”
“Of course, consumers have to pay an annual fee to have the ‘wholesale club’ savings available to them. But, for those who decline participation in wholesale clubs, the large grocery chains represent the next best option,” says Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.
In 2013, consumers who opted for the large grocery chains saved approximately 6 cents per gallon compared to prices at their local competitors. These include stores such as: Fred Meyer, Smith’s, Safeway, Stop & Shop Supermarket, Kroger, Murphy USA, Murphy Express, and Food Bag.
Truck stops like Flying J and Pilot saved consumers nearly 4 cents per gallon versus their nearest retail competitors.
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