How to find the cheapest fuel in your location

 

Aucklanders are smarting at the thought of a council fuel tax of 11c a litre. And there’s more pain to come when the government adds its own fuel tax.

In our case, we’ve worked out these two fuel hikes will add NZ$1,000 per year to our family’s fuel costs.

So here’s a tip to help you save money.

Download Gaspy, a free crowd-sourced app that helps you cut fuel costs.

Gaspy was started by a Tauranga software company, and can be downloaded for iPhones and Android phones.

Close to 100,000 Kiwis are now registered on the app as undercover ‘gas spies’, updating the cost of fuel at their local petrol stations.

To find out where your cheapest local petrol station is, just enter a search range and your fuel type: 91, 95, 98, or diesel.

Recently the app added a ‘discounts’ feature so you can add Fly Buys, supermarket dockets, or other loyalty card discounts. Gaspy will then recalculate your new cheapest rate.

I use the app for my weekly fuel fills. Today I could have spent a shocking $2.29 cents a litre just by pulling into any nearby station. Instead I paid $2.04 a litre and saved $11 on a fill of 95 petrol.

I also use the basic Fly Buys savings (6c a litre) and AA Smartfuel discounts (6c a litre). When there are specials, discounts can be 10c or more a litre.

You may be surprised to find that a 10c a litre discounted petrol station isn’t always your cheapest option. For me, it often isn’t.

Are you paying too much for fuel? Here’s a breakdown of what Kiwis are paying.

Gaspy figures this week show that across New Zealand the average Kiwi is paying nearly $2.07 a litre for 91 octane, $2.21 for 95, $2.24 for 98, and $1.37 for diesel.

First published 4 May, 2018

By Brenda Ward

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