A recent article by The Hill titled How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off on Fuel Coupons article There are so many things you should be aware of when buying fuel, but the basics can be found here.
The fuel coupon has a $1.95 purchase fee, which can be avoided if you follow the steps outlined here.1.
Get your discount on gas at a gas station.
If you are not sure, go to the gas station closest to you.2.
Make sure you buy your gas at the correct time, when the discount applies.
You will save by not having to wait for the discount to expire or pay a different price for gas when you get home.3.
Make certain you use a coupon that is valid for a minimum of one calendar month.4.
Check the label on the bottle or tank.5.
Check that the coupon or rebate applies to the brand of fuel you are buying.6.
Read the instructions carefully.
Some coupons have more than one rebate or discount, and some are limited to certain types of fuel.
You can check the expiration date on the label of a gas bottle or the price of a fuel coupon.7.
Remember that there is no such thing as a free ride with fuel coupons.8.
Check with the station where you are purchasing the fuel, as many coupons require that you show proof of purchase and provide the gas outlet to confirm purchase.9.
If the gas is not working, try calling the station directly to ask for assistance.10.
When buying gasoline, make sure to ask about the expiration dates on the bottles.
You may be able to get a better price by taking delivery at a different gas station within the next few days.11.
Ask if you can pay the coupon before you leave.12.
When you get back to the parking lot, look for any empty bottles, empty cans or empty tanks.
You could be paying for fuel that was already spent.13.
Try to check your receipt.
If it shows a coupon, pay the full amount and ask for the other rebate or coupon.14.
Check your credit card statement.
If your card has a charge, ask for your payment in full.15.
Pay the remaining amount on the coupon.
If a receipt is available, ask the clerk to check that the balance on your card is correct.16.
If paying with cash, ask to receive a receipt and verify that you have paid in full with cash.