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Search engines continue to throw people our way when they search for information about gas cards, free gas, saveongascards.com, and other related terms. The organization pitching these coupons is generating a lot of interest, that’s for sure. And no surprise: gas is $3/gallon where I live and is a significant chunk of my family’s monthly budget (about $175 if you’re curious). Wouldn’t it be great if that money could go somewhere else? Anywhere else besides ExxonMobil’s pockets!? And, ohhh! does it piss me off! (Don’t tell Steve I said “piss.” He’s surprisingly Pollyanna-ish in his use of language. Not sure why.) I grit my teeth every time I pull up to a pump. If these certificates work like they’re supposed to, I will soon receive debit cards with $200 preloaded on them, having already paid about $36 to buy the booklet and processing fees.
But there’s more to the certificates booklet than just gas. That’s why I remain intrigued by this program and have high hopes that it will deliver as promised. It’s why I stand out by the mailbox every day waiting for them. Here’s what else is included in the booklet:
- 2 certificates for $1000 each in restaurant savings (the back side claims this certificate brings deals from about 60 of the most popular national chains, ranging from Applebees to Wendy’s)
- 2 certificates for $2000 each in air and cruise travel checks (several popular airlines and cruise lines are listed on the back)
- 2 certificates for $1000 each in grocery savings (listing categories of groceries on the back, like cereal, soups, canned fruit, laundry care, and so on)
- 1 certificate for a $300 hotel check “worth $300 at face value” for use at popular national hotel chains. Sorry, Steve, Paris Hilton is not listed.
- 1 certificate for $1600 in “platinum vacation savings” at popular destinations in Florida, California, and Hawaii.
I understand preloaded gas debit cards, but I have no idea how these others are supposed to work. They’re like the others in that I have to fill out my address, pay a $4.95 processing fee, and mail it in. But you know me—someone says “free money” and I just have to try it out. Oh, please, mailman! Be good to me!