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How to Get Free Gas Right Now (100% Honest)

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In the past, I talked about the many ways you can save on gas as well as some gas rewards programs you should consider signing up for to maximize your savings.

In today’s post, I wanted to do something different and talk about the many methods that could get you free gas at any gas station.

Yes, 100% free.

As with all of my freebie posts, they are always 100% honest and almost guaranteed to work.  I would never promote something that misleads or doesn’t benefit you in any way.  I don’t work that way.

If you like the idea of free gasoline, then strap in.  I’m about to share a few tips (nothing illegal) you can take advantage of right now to fill up at no cost.

How to Get Free Gas Cards

Join Swagbucks

If you’re not familiar with Swagbucks, they will reward you to answer survey questions, watch videos, complete offers and so much more.

Just working with this site a few times a day can easily net you $5 in rewards, sometimes much more.  It’s dependent on what you do on the site.  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but that $5 could soon turn into $150 a month, which could be a nice side chunk to use toward your gasoline purchases.

As I write this, Swagbucks offers a few gas gift card code options, including ExxonMobil, Sunoco and Chevron, but they may add more in the future.  Gas cards aren’t the only option, either, as you can redeem your rewards for hundreds of other gift cards, including Amazon, Walmart and even PayPal cash, to name a few.

I use Swagbucks all of the time and easily earn $100 to $250+ a month in just completing offers and answering surveys.  It’s one of the easiest ways to earn money RIGHT NOW.

If interested, it’s 100% free to join, and Swagbucks will even through in a small $5 bonus just for joining.



Swagbucks Alternatives to Earn Even More… Fast!

Swagbucks isn’t the only game in town as there are a ton of Swagbucks alternatives, many of which are just as good.  Survey Junkie, Vindale and MyPoints are a few that come to mind.

While these research companies may not reward you with a gas gift card, many reward you with cash, which is just as good, of course.  And, yes, like Swagbucks, it’s as easy as answering a few questions to earn your reward.  Some even reward you to watch shows and complete offers.

Take a gander at the Swagbucks alternative post as well as these 26+ survey apps if interested in making money while on the go.  I also wrote an in-depth post as to how you can get free PayPal cash.  Use the search tool above to find out the many ways you can make money online.

It can take you some time, but it’s not too hard to earn $5 to $10 a day if you’re aggressive enough.  Out of all the options I mention, this is one of the easiest ways to earn right now.

Free Sweepstakes to Maybe Win $100s

This is a stretch, I know, but I try to include all options here.

Of course, you have to win, but hey, you can’t win if you don’t at least try.

Unlike the lottery, where you have to buy your tickets, these sweepstakes are free to enter and could net you hundreds in free gas.  Most of the time, they just ask for a name and email address to enter.  It’s not hard work at all.

To find these sweepstakes, I would recommend searching for “free gas sweepstakes” and limiting your results to the past week or so to ensure you’re looking at fresh results.

In doing this, browse through the results and enter your name into any sweepstakes that sounds of interest.  Worst case, you don’t win.  Best case, you win big!  It’s all a game of numbers, but you’re bound to win eventually, especially if you find a smaller sweepstakes not many know about.

I talked about the many giveaway websites in the past, so you may want to check those websites out well to expand your horizons.

Get Paid to Wrap Your Car

I wrote about the many companies that will pay you to advertise on your car.  In short, you place an advertisement on your car and they reward you, either by the miles you drive or at a flat rate.

If you live in a busy city and drive more than 1,000 miles a month, you may want to consider this option as long as you don’t mind being a moving billboard.  Even if you qualify, however, the wait list may be long.  It depends on which company you sign up for.

These companies do pay cash, but you can use these funds to fill up your tank!

As a warning, make sure you always research the company in depth as there are a lot of scams in this industry, unfortunately.

Credit Card Rewards (almost free)

If you’re already going to be paying for gas, you might as well to earn free gas for the future using a credit card.

The Bank of America Gas Rewards card, for example, will earn you 3% on all of your gasoline purchases as well as a certain percentage back on other purchases.  In short, every $100 spent on gas could net you $3 in rewards.  Some cards could offer even more.  This number would be much higher if you spend even more, outside of your gas spending.

Of course, you will need to be disciplined in that you pay off your bills in full each month to avoid interest, but these rewards can add up, especially if you put all of your monthly bills on the card.

I don’t have a particular favorite credit card website, so for now, I recommend you check out CreditCards.com or The Points Guy to see which gas credit cards are the best at the moment.

Carpool

If you drive a few miles to work and know of a co-worker who lives nearby, consider offering a ride a few times a week or even every workday in exchange for cash money.  It doesn’t even need to be a co-worker, either, as some apps/websites, such as Waze, RideShare.org and Ridesharing.com can help you find someone, too.  Be sure to check it out.

I know this one is a stretch, but if you’re going to drive to work, it may make sense to act as a bus to make a few bucks.  Not only that, but you’re helping the environment as well!

Kroger and Grocery Store Savings

If you shop at Kroger, then you may already be familiar with the loyalty card.

For every $1 you spend on groceries, you get a point, in which you can then turn into gas rewards once you hit 100 points.  There are even times when they will multiply your points when you purchase certain items.  For instance, gift cards.  During the holidays, they often give you four times the points when you make a gift card purchase.

Every 100 points you get will take $0.10 off per gallon, up to $1 per.  While it isn’t free, per se, it will knock off quite a bit.

Keep this in mind if you find yourself shopping at Kroger as it’s a great way to save on gas for the groceries you’re already buying.

TIP:  Remember to check out my gas station rewards post as I talk about every retailer that offers rewards at the gas pump.



Scan Your Receipts for Gas

If you’re already shopping, consider downloading one of the many apps that reward you to upload your receipts.  This can be almost any receipt, from your grocery shopping to a restaurant.  It’s a simple as opening the app, taking a picture of your receipt and then getting rewarded based on the purchases you made.

This is yet another topic I wrote about in the past, but some of your more popular options include Ibotta and Receipt Hog, to name a few.  There are a ton of them out there!

You won’t make a ton of money in doing this, but it could add a few extra bucks to your tank if you upload a few receipts throughout the week.  How much you make really depends on which app you download.

Buy Discounted Gas Gift Cards (almost free)

This option can help you save a few extra dollars, but it will require a purchase upfront.  It’s almost like free gas if you can get a gas card at a discount.

What’s known as a discounted gift card marketplace, companies will buy gift cards off someone like you or me at a discount and then sell them at yet another discount on their official marketplace.  Depending on the retailer you buy, you can save up to 20%.  Some companies, such as Raise, will even give you a $10 off coupon when making your first purchase, making the savings that much sweeter.

Check out some of the more popular gift card discounted marketplaces such as Raise.com, CardPool and Gift Card Granny, to name a few.  You won’t save a ton, but it’s less you have to pay at the pump.

Download the T-Mobile Tuesdays App

This option will only work if you’re currently a T-Mobile customer.

If you are, the company releases a few random rewards every Tuesday to all customers via its app, sometimes including discounts at a gas station.  It’s usually Shell and can be for up to $0.25 off, but it’s only offered at random times and you have to be selected since they often have multiple rewards.

It’s not free, but it can help you save.  Find out more information as to how to download the free app here.

Low Income Options

The methods mentioned above were designed for everyone, but there are options available if you’re low on funds for the month.

In this section, I will provide a few options you can consider if you’re having a hard time affording gas.

Salvation Army

When times are tough, the Salvation Army is there to ensure all of your basic needs are met, from rent assistance to food and even gas.

To find a center near you, follow this link and input your zip code to see what’s nearby.  With the results, find the nearest community center as they will have casework services to maybe help you with your gas bills.  Call the number posted and they will do their best to help.

As a last note, I just want to mention that contacting the Salvation Army doesn’t guarantee you free gas as their resources are often limited, even if you do qualify.

Your Local Church

I don’t have a specific link for this one, but if you’re having a hard time with any organization, consider contacting a local church, even if you’re not an active member.

Most churches, and I say that lightly, want to help the community, and in contacting one, they may be able to help you with your gas and/or point you in the right direction.

Contacting a local church is a great option if you’re in desperate need.  I wouldn’t rely on it weekly, but it could make for a one-time exception.

Other Charities

There are thousands of charities across the United States, and unfortunately, I can’t list them all here.

Aside from the bigger ones, such as the Salvation Army, also consider searching for charities in your area.  Search terms could include “low income help + your zip code” or you can even use the Charity Navigator website to find a reputable organization in town.

Remember, just because you qualify doesn’t always mean you will get help.  This will be dependent on your need as well as the charity’s funding at the moment.

Final Thoughts

Sadly, there aren’t a ton of ways to get free gas, at least instantly.  Unless you’re in financial need or win a lottery, it’s not going to be immediate, but there are ways to get free gas.  Let that be known.

If you want free gas, one of the best ways, at least to me, is to take a few surveys on Swagbucks.  Then, when you hit $20~ in rewards, you can cash out and fill up.  I don’t think it gets any easier than that.  The options work as well, but sadly, your success rate won’t be as high.

For now, I will try to update this guide as time goes on, but if you have any ideas and/or want to vent, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below.

In the meantime, try out a few of these tips and see if you can get a few bucks for your next fillup.

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Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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