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Rising Gas Prices Hurting Your Budget? Here Are Some Tips

April 24, 2019

These days you don't need a monster truck to burn money on gas. Fuel prices have gone up so much in recent months that even filling up a hybrid car can make it hard to juggle other bills.

Gas prices increased five cents a gallon last week to $2.74 a gallon for the national gas price average. That is eight cents more than it was this time last year, according to data from AAA. And it’s probably going to get even more expensive in the coming months.

To help fill up our tanks — as well as our wallets — below are 4 great tips we can use to help pay for gas or even get our next round for free.

Tip One: Gift Cards for Gas

While we typically buy gift cards as presents for loved ones, grabbing one for ourselves can help us out the next time we have to fill up our tanks.

Many stores such as Walmart offer discounts when you use their gift cards at the pump. Some sites even sell discounted gift cards for gas. For example, you could buy a gift card worth $50 for $40.

Gift cards are great since you don't have to worry about clipping a coupon and they often don't expire like most other offers. If you find a Walmart discounted gift card, you can even stack your savings by combining both discounts. Also, if you have a bit of money left over on your gift card, you can buy a snack while refueling. Just make sure you pick a gift card for a gas station that is close to your home or job so you don't have to travel far to save on gas.

Tip Two: Grocery Rewards Program

While we may think we can only use our supermarket rewards cards when shopping for groceries, these cards can actually be used to save on gas too.

Safeway, for instance, allows its customers to use their membership cards to earn rewards and later redeem them for gas. Other stores will offer savings on fuel in the hope that you shop with them more often.

Tip Three: Free Gas Vouchers

Churches are always looking for ways to help support their communities. If you find yourself in a tough spot and unable to pay for gas expenses, contact your local church, your local Health and Human Services Department or Salvation Army, and explain your need. They might be able to give you a free gas voucher to provide temporary assistance. Please keep in mind that funding may be limited and can vary by location.

Tip Four: Get Immediate Access to Your Earnings to Pay for Gas

Many of us can’t wait until payday to pay for stuff like gas when we need it the most.

Amanda, an Earnin member from Michigan shared how hard it can be to pay for expenses while waiting for her paycheck. “I'm a single mother who works 34 miles away from home. I drive a minivan, many times in between paychecks I don't have enough gas to get to work,” she explained.

So, what does she do to get by? Amanda uses Earnin to cash out her hard earned money instead of waiting two weeks for her paycheck. “I do a cash out with this app and immediately have funds in my account. I'm able to get fuel and food for my daughter and I,” she said.

At Earnin, we know how hard our community members work for their paycheck. We believe people should get paid immediately for the hours that they worked, especially if they need to pay for gas in order to get to work.

Bonus tip: Use Lightning Speed so money will post to your account faster than it takes to fill up your tank, even on weekends and holidays.


We’re always looking for ways to help our community. Give these tips a try in the coming months or let us know if you have any of your own.

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1Restrictions and/or third party fees may apply,, see Earnin.com/TOS for details.

2Disclaimer: Balance Shield cash out is subject to your available earnings and daily pay period max. Other restrictions and/or third party fees may apply. For more information visit Earnin.com/TOS.

3NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Must be 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. or DC. Games begin each Sunday starting 12/6/20 at 9:01 p.m. ET and end the following Monday at 9:00 p.m. ET with the last Game ending 12/19/21. To download the App, view the Official Rules, odds disclosures, prize details, and alternate means of entry, visit https://www.earnin.com/wewin/. Void where prohibited. $10,000,000 grand prize payable over 29 years. Sponsor: Activehours, Inc. (d/b/a Earnin), 200 Portage Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

4Disclaimer: Up to 2 days early is based on comparison with traditional banks. Exact timing is dependent on your employer's payroll policies. For more information on eligibility and requirements of Earnin Express, visit Earnin.com/TOS.

5Source: Internal analysis conducted by Earnin on December 10, 2020.

1Restrictions on use of Services and/or third party fees may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for details.

2Balance Shield cash out is subject to your available earnings and daily pay period max. Other restrictions and/or third party fees may apply. For more information visit Earnin.com/TOS.

3Tip Yourself Account funds are held with Evolve Bank & Trust, Member FDIC and FDIC insured up to $250,000. Tip Yourself is a 0% APY and $0 monthly fee service. Other restrictions and/or third party fees may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for details.

1Lightning Speed may not be available to all Community Members. Cash Outs may take up to thirty minutes, actual transfer speeds will depend on your bank connection. Restrictions and/or third party fees may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for details.

2Restrictions and/or third party fees may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for details.

3Balance Shield cash out is subject to your available earnings and your daily pay period max. Other restrictions and/or third party fees may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for details.

4NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Must be 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. or DC. Games begin each Sunday starting 12/6/20 at 9:01 p.m. ET and end the following Monday at 9:00 p.m. ET with the last Game ending 12/19/21. To download the App, view the Official Rules, odds disclosures, prize details, and alternate means of entry, visit WeWin Game & Sweepstakes Official Rules. Void where prohibited. $10,000,000 grand prize payable over 29 years. Sponsor: Activehours, Inc. (d/b/a Earnin), 200 Portage Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

5Tip Yourself Account funds are held with Evolve Bank & Trust, Member FDIC and FDIC insured up to $250,000. Tip Yourself is a 0% Annual Percentage Yield and $0 monthly fee service. Your Tip Yourself Account and any Tip Jars are not Savings Accounts. For more information/details visit Earnin.com/TOS.

6Up to two days early is based on comparison with traditional banks. Exact timing is dependent on your employer’s payroll policies. For more information on eligibility and requirements of Earnin Express, visit Earnin.com/TOS.

7Your Max on Earnin Express is up to 80% of your payroll or $1000, whichever is less. The 80% is dependent on you routing your full paycheck to Earnin Express. For more information on eligibility and requirements of Earnin Express, visit Earnin.com/TOS.

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1Disclaimer: Restrictions and/or third party fees may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for more details. Lightning Speed may not be available to all Community Members. Cash Outs may take up to thirty minutes, actual transfer speeds will depend on your bank connection.

2Disclaimer: Lightning Speed may not be available to all Community Members. Cash Outs may take up to thirty minutes, actual transfer speeds will depend on your bank connection. Restrictions and/or third party fees may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for details

3Disclaimer: Community Member must have had at least 1 successful debit with Earnin. Limit to 1 Max Boost per pay period. A boost will not adjust a Community member's daily max. Restrictions may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for more details

*Disclaimer: Balance Shield Cash Out is subject to your available earnings and daily pay period max.Other restrictions and/or thirdparty fees may apply. For more information visit Earnin.com/TOS

1Restrictions may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for more details. Tip Yourself Account funds are held with Evolve Bank & Trust, member FDIC and FDIC insured up to $250,000. Tip Yourself is a 0% Annual Percentage Yield and $0 monthly fee service. Your Tip Yourself Account and any Tip Jars are not Savings Accounts. For more information/details visit Earnin.com/TOS

2Disclaimer: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Must be 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. or DC. Games begin each Sunday starting 12/6/20 at 9:01 p.m. ET and end the following Monday at 9:00 p.m. ET with the last Game ending 12/19/21. To download the App, view the Official Rules, odds disclosures, prize details, and alternate means of entry, visit https://www.Earnin.com/wewin/game-rules/. Void where prohibited. $10,000,000 grand prize payable over 29 years. Sponsor: Activehours, Inc. (d/b/a Earnin), 200 Portage Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

3Disclaimer: Restrictions Apply. See Earnin.com/wewin/pool-rules/ for more information

*Disclaimer: Up to 2 days early is based on comparison with traditional banks. Exact timing is dependent on your employer's payroll policies. For more information on eligibility and requirements of Earnin Express, visit Earnin.com/TOS.

**Disclaimer: Restrictions and/or third party fees may apply, see Earnin.com/TOS for more details. Lightning Speed may not be available to all Community Members. Cash Outs may take up to thirty minutes, actual transfer speeds will depend on your bank connection.

*Survey conducted in February 2020 with 889 participants.

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