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Creative Ways to Pay Less at the Pump

Just when you think they can’t possibly jump any higher, gas prices start rising again. There isn’t much you can do about the cost of gas, but there are ways you can pay less at the pump. Here are five creative ways to save on the cost of gasoline.

Use cash: Plenty of gas stations offer a discount for cash payments, sometimes up to $0.20 per gallon. This can quickly add up when pumping a full tank. Just be careful to have the cash handy when you need it.

Check your tire pressure: According to the US Department of Energy, a well-inflated tire can save you $0.15/gallon by boosting your gas mileage by nearly 3%. Check your tires regularly to ensure they are always inflated. To make this easier, consider purchasing a tire pressure gauge that will automatically monitor the health of your tires.

Use a rewards credit card: If you don’t like the idea of carrying around a lot of cash, but you still want to save at the pump, consider signing up for a rewards program or credit card. Your SeaComm Visa® Platinum allows you to earn one point for every dollar you spend – including at the pump! Cash in your ScoreCard® Rewards points to put gas money back in your wallet.

You have the option to receive your cash back through a deposit to your account, or through a statement credit on your SeaComm Visa®.  ScoreCard® Rewards also offers Premium Payback, which allows you to redeem your points right at the point of sale, virtually anywhere. Just make a qualifying purchase at a participating location and you will promptly receive a text message or email asking if you want to redeem your points to cover your purchase. If you choose to accept the offer, you will receive a statement credit to your account for the transaction amount.

Enroll today at scorecardrewards.com and get rewarded for your loyalty! Just sign in to your account and click on the “Account” button at the top right of the screen and select the “Premium Payback” option to fill out the opt-in form.

Use a gas-tracking app: In 2022, there is no need to search for the gas station offering the best-priced gas. There’s an app for that! Popular gas-tracking apps include GasBuddy, Upside and Waze. Using the gas station conveniently located right near your home or workplace might be easier, but taking the extra time to find one that sells fuel for less can save you a bundle.

Purchase a club membership: If you don’t already have one, this may be the time to buy a club membership. Costo, Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club all offer discounted gas exclusively to members. Of the three, Costco tends to feature gas for the lowest price, up to $0.34 less per gallon than a typical gas station. Of course, you will want to find out how much a club membership will cost you before signing up to ensure it’s worth the price.

Once you upgrade your basic checking account to a Benefits Plus® checking with SeaComm, you can take advantage of big volume wholesale discounts for less! Your membership entitles you to more than 40% off (just $24.88) for a new Sam’s Club annual membership and a Cash Back Reward on your membership fee at all of the other major wholesale clubs, including BJ’s Wholesale Club and Costco. Click here to discover all that Benefits Plus® has to offer, or visit your local SeaComm branch location to enroll, today!

For complete information, terms, conditions and exclusions please visit www.benefits-plus.org or call 866-329-7587.

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