Driving for a rideshare app can help you earn thousands of dollars each month, but every mile always comes at a cost — namely, the cost of gas. When you want to maximize your on-the-road earnings, cutting down your daily or weekly gas expenditures is a great place to start, and it doesn’t have to be hard. GasBuddy is an online platform that’s making money-saving tactics for drivers easier to achieve.
The average American household already spends nearly $2,000 per year on gas. Taking on a career in ridesharing or food delivery often means spending hundreds or thousands more. While you can get tax deductions based on your mileage, these won’t fully cover your gas expenses and you’re still responsible for paying every penny upfront. This is why taking advantage of the cheapest gas in town — as well as any discounts you can get — is always a great strategy.
To help you save money on gas for life, we’ll introduce you to GasBuddy and all the ways it can help you earn more and spend less.
- What Is GasBuddy?
- 5 GasBuddy Features To Help You Save
- How To Use GasBuddy
- Where Is GasBuddy Available?
- Frequently Asked Questions
GasBuddy is a free website and mobile app that offers up to 27 ways to save money on fuel. The platform makes it possible for you to never pay full price for a gallon of gas again.
While many navigation apps, like Waze and Google Maps, do help you find real-time gas prices in your area, GasBuddy takes this a step further. Not only can you use the platform to find cheap gas, but you can also use it to access ongoing gas savings opportunities, get tips for improving your fuel efficiency, and even get free gas just by shopping.
Even if you don’t have a car with great fuel economy, you can still keep your gas spending low just by using this robust platform for fuel savings.
In addition to helping you save money, GasBuddy also provides reviews of gas stations and convenience stores, so you can also use the platform to find the most trusted locations for your next fill-up — all while still getting cheap gas.
GasBuddy includes many savings opportunities in one convenient platform, and many are well-suited for rideshare and food delivery drivers. If you want to start saving money and keep more of your earnings in your pocket, make sure to check out these five helpful features first:
1. Find Gas Prices
The GasBuddy app is well-known for helping drivers find the lowest gas prices in their area. Anytime you’re in need of a fill-up, just tap the “Find Gas” tab in your mobile app and you’ll be able to see and compare gas prices at fuel retailers near you.
As you’re on this section of the app, you can further sort results by price or distance and specifically search for prices for your fuel type. Furthermore, you can narrow down your search based on average ratings and available amenities like air pumps, ATMs, restrooms, car washes, restaurants, and more. Alternatively, you can enter a destination at the top of the page and find gas stations directly on your route.
The mobile app can even notify you when gas prices are rising, so you can fill up before a massive increase.
If you’re on GasBuddy.com on desktop, you can also look up price information using the platform’s gas price map instead.
2. Pay With GasBuddy
One of the most unique features that GasBuddy offers is the ability to save with a forever-free Pay with GasBuddy card, which is a physical debit card that’s securely linked to your checking account. When you request a card and use it to pay at eligible gas stations — which may include select Shell, Mobil, Racetrac, Circle K, Speedway, Chevron, and 7-Eleven locations — you’ll instantly save up to 25 cents per gallon.
When these special cash back (or “GasBack”) deals are available near you, you can get instant notifications just by turning on alerts on your mobile app.
3. Earn GasBack
Using the Pay with GasBuddy card is already an easy way to earn credit for future gas purchases, but if you want to earn even more GasBack, all you need to do is shop. On the “Savings” tab of your mobile app, you can find brands that offer great GasBack deals — including some that offer as much as $15 or 10% back on purchases. These brands include well-known companies like Goodyear, Walgreens, Instacart, Old Navy, Petco, and Walmart.
GasBuddy also emails out exclusive offers sometimes, so make sure to stay subscribed to their email promotions for the best savings opportunities.
4. Log Drives and Fuel Purchases
Another way GasBuddy helps you save money is by allowing you to log your drives and fill-ups for more insight into your fuel efficiency.
GasBuddy Drives is a feature on the mobile app — accessible from the “My Car” tab — that allows you to automatically gather data about your drives (including speeding, acceleration, and hard brakes), so you can get tips for driving with fuel efficiency in mind.
With the GasBuddy Fuel Logbook — accessible on the “My Car” tab or on this desktop page — you can manually input your fuel purchases. You can use this logbook to keep track of your expenses, or you can use this part of the platform to automatically calculate your fuel economy after a handful of purchases.
5. Calculate Trip Costs
Want to know what you can expect to pay for fuel? You can use GasBuddy’s trip cost calculator to get estimates, based on your expected mileage and the type of vehicle you own. It’s an easy way to budget for trips, commutes, or the amount of miles you plan to drive in your gig.
While some GasBuddy features can be used by anyone, the only way to unlock all of its cash-saving options — including the Pay with GasBuddy card, if you choose to get one — is by creating an account. You can do so by heading to this sign-up page on your computer, or by downloading the app on your Android or iOS device and tapping “Start Saving.”
From there, you can begin the simple process by connecting your Google or Facebook account, or by signing up with email. Follow all the prompts to complete your account setup.
If you do choose to request a Pay with Gas Buddy card, you’ll further need to provide your shipping address, driver’s license information, and checking account details.
GasBuddy can help you save on gas in the United States, Canada, and Australia. It collects data on 150,000 gas stations in North America alone — including locations in both small towns and big cities.
Though it may be more accurate in larger metropolitan areas, thanks to user-reported fuel prices, GasBuddy is a fairly reliable platform in most areas it operates in. Whether you’re looking to save on your day-to-day driving or on a road trip to another city, you can pull up your GasBuddy app and continue your savings.
Some features may be limited in select regions (for example, GasBuddy Drives isn’t in Australia), but you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to save in these countries.
GasBuddy is a great platform for saving on fuel, and the five features we highlighted are just the start of the many ways you can decrease your gas expenses with the app or website. To learn more about your savings opportunities, read these frequently asked questions:
1. Can I earn money by referring friends to GasBuddy?
Absolutely. Every GasBuddy user can get a special discount when they successfully refer a friend. This discount may vary depending on your location or if GasBuddy changes the current offer.
Just tap on your profile icon in the mobile app — located on the top left corner of your homepage — and select “Share GasBuddy.” Then, tap “Refer a Friend” to share your unique invite link. Your friend will receive a discount offer, and once they use it, you’ll receive an offer, too.
2. What are GasBuddy points and challenges?
On the “Win” section of your GasBuddy app, you can find various opportunities to earn points and complete challenges.
Points are credits that can be used to enter GasBuddy’s Daily Draw, which selects one user to earn $100 in free gas every single day. These points are earned when you complete challenges, which ask you to complete a simple action on the app.
Points can also be earned when you report gas prices on the platform to improve the user experience.
3. What is the GasBuddy premium membership?
The GasBuddy premium membership is a paid subscription program that helps you get even more gas savings from the platform. For $9.99 per month or $99 for a full year, you can save as much as 40 cents per gallon (instead of just 25 cents) and always save at least 20 cents per gallon on your first 50 gallons every month (and 5 cents per gallon after that).
A premium membership also allows you to log more drives, get more GasBack offers, and access roadside assistance from Allstate for free up to three times per year.
Save More on Your Driving Expenses
Driving isn’t a cheap activity, but when you use GasBuddy, your ridesharing or food delivery career can be even more worth it. The platform offers a variety of ways for you to reduce the average price you pay for gas and get more from the money you worked hard for.
As you’re driving and logging your fuel expenses, don’t forget to record your mileage, too. Tracking your mileage ensures that you can get the tax deductions you’re entitled to (which is almost always over 50 cents per mile). Learn how MileIQ can help you keep an accurate mileage record for every business drive.
Jonathan Cousar began driving for Uber in 2013 when the ride-hail company first began operations in New York City. He has booked more than 7,000 trips. In 2014 he created Uber Driver Diaries, which was the first blog by an Uber driver describing the highs and lows of driving as well as offering tips and tricks and information on the industry as a whole. In 2016 Ridester acquired the site, and Jonathan began writing full-time about the rideshare industry and the gig economy. He has also done extensive research into driver issues related to pay and working conditions.