Customers Take Advantage of Gas Rewards Programs

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SACRAMENTO-

No matter where you go, there’s pain to be found at the pump.

“All  I know is it’s crazy. It’s gone up 59 cents in the last two weeks if I’m not mistaken,” said Ted Crews in Sacramento.

“It’s definitely a strain on prices and bills and what not,” said Kim Williams of Natomas.

And while some say loyalty is a lost art in today’s society, being loyal to your gas station can pay off – even when all the pump seems to be offering is a pinch.

“We’re staying close to home said Kat Givens of Natomas.

Filling up the family car cost her about $120.

So where is she getting the best deal?

” Costco. Costco was our best place to go,” she said.

There you get discounted gas with a $55  membership.

If you sign up for Shell Fuel Rewards you can save five cents per gallon for every $50 you spend at participating restaurants or at grocery stores like Save Mart.

And that means Steve East uses everybody’s card – whenever he can.

“I do  Safeway, Shell,  Chevron,” he said.

One place he’s staying away from? Arco.

Pumps there force a new sale once the tally  hits $100 and each debit sale costs 35 cents.

“My vehicle takes two swipes to fill the tank. 35 plus 35. 70 cents every time I fill my truck. That’s killing me,” said East.

It’s financial ground he’s not willing to give up while trying to get somewhere in this economy.

Shell. actually tracks its savings superstars on its website.

Monday , with all their rewards , four drivers in the country paid just one penny per gallon.

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