Gas prices have been on a steep rise in the western part of the United States. Residents of Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona have to shed more than $2.5 per gallon, says a report by the American Automobile Association (AAA). Gas prices in the central and eastern parts of the country are about a dollar cheaper. Also, prices fluctuate from gas station to gas station. Hence, it is essential to look for the cheapest gas station near you. Especially, while on a road trip.

About the Creator of GasBuddy

GasBuddy is a Boston-based company that helps people avoid paying the full price for gas. It was founded in the year 1999 by Jason Toews and Dustin Coupal. In the last 21 years, GasBuddy has helped people save more than 4.2 million dollars on gas. Moreover, 900 million people have benefited from using this app. Some even claim to save more than $200 per year on gas.

How Does the GasBuddy App Work?

You can use the GasBuddy app either to find the cheapest gas station around you or save 5 cents on each gallon by using their payment system. To save 5 cents off each gallon, you do have to apply for a physical payment card known as “GasBuddy Card”. This card will be linked to your checking account.

To find the best gas prices, you need to enter the location or let GPS locate you. Next, filter the search results based on price, brand, and amenities like restroom, cafeteria, and ATM. You can select the cheapest gas station by reading the reviews shared by your fellow GasBuddy’s. This app is very beneficial when you are on a road trip and don’t know the area well.

Furthermore, the GasBuddy card is accepted at almost all major gas brands across the nation. Although, brands like Costco and Agro may not be included as they have their own payment systems. You can also refer to GasBuddy apps to rate and review a particular gas station after the visit. This helps other GasBuddy’s pick the right gas station.

What I Like About GasBuddy App

Depending on how much you use your car, you can save anywhere from $50-$200 on gas per month. GasBuddy is very beneficial for those planning a cross country road trip. You are going to save a lot of money if you plan to drive 3000-4000 miles on one go. In addition to this, the app also shows you an accurate rating of each gas station you are about to visit.

What I Don’t Like About GasBuddy App

There is a limit on the amount of gas you can purchase with your GasBuddy app. Currently, GasBuddy offers you a discount for 40 gallons of gas per month. Also, the transaction details are not as transparent as they can be.

My Recommendation

GasBuddy is a blessing for someone who cares a lot about customer service. Most often, people like to stop over for coffee, breakfast, or rest, after filling up the gas tank. You don’t want to get off the highway and later find out that the gas station you visited has no restrooms. There are many more things GasBuddy app lets you known about a gas station.


GasBuddy is free of cost app. To download the app for iOS devices click here. And for Android devices click here.