Here's how to save money on gas with a Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart+ and Kroger membership

Christine Persaud
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Save on gas with a warehouse club membership to Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart+ and Kroger.

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Just in the last few days alone, the nationwide average for regular gas has spiked from $4.25 a gallon to $4.32. There are many reasons for the increase in gas prices and we don’t know when the cost will drop again. But, there are ways you can save money on gas no matter what. Warehouse club memberships feel like the best kept secret to saving money at the pump. We rounded up the best club memberships that can help you save on gas (and so much more) this year including Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart+ and Kroger.

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Short of staying home, taking public transit from now on or saving up for a new fuel-efficient Tesla, you might be wondering what you can do to pinch pennies and save on gas. With prices already reaching record highs, according to GasBuddy, members-only fuel stations let you fill up without putting a dent in your wallet. While pricing is still above average, club memberships from Sam's Club, Costco, Walmart+ and Kroger will let you access cheaper gas prices and offer plenty of other perks as well.

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While gas prices fluctuate, so do the deals. Right now, the best club membership deals include saving $0.10 per gallon at Kroger fuel centers and $0.05 per gallon at Walmart gas stations. Plus, these warehouses offer tons of other perks that members can benefit from all year long. If you're looking for ways to save money on gas beyond keeping your tires filled with air and skipping the premium gas when possible, we found that signing up for a wholesale membership can get you discounted gas and so much more. Check out the best deals on club memberships below.

Sam's Club

Right now, Sam's Club has a promotion offering a $45 e-gift card when you sign up for an annual membership

Sam's Club has fuel stations across the country with discounted rates on regular, premium and diesel gas, accessible only when you show your membership card. The annual fee for a membership is $45 and that affords access to the warehouse deals as well. Better still, right now, Sam's Club has a promotion offering a $45 e-gift card when you sign up for an annual membership that you can use in the warehouse—that essentially means the first year is free. As a Sam's Club member you can save $0.05 per gallon at the pump (actual discount will depend on your location and the specific station). For ultimate convenience, pay for your gas and other purchases at Sam's Club using Amex, Visa, Discover and MasterCard.

With a Sam's Club membership, you also get access to exclusive deals on pantry staples, toiletries, prescriptions and other household essentials. Other benefits include free shipping on select items, free curbside pick-up, 100% merchandise satisfaction guarantee with free replacements and returns and free tire repairs for any tire that meets USTMA (U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association) guidelines, regardless of where they were purchased. Try it out for a year and you can cancel at any time prior to the renewal, either by phone, live chat online or visiting any Member Services Desk. 

Costco

As one of the consistently cheapest places for gas, a Costco membership might be worth it just for the gas alone!

One of the perks of a Costco membership is access to their gas stations. As one of the consistently cheapest places for gas, the membership might be worth it just for the gas alone! Memberships start at $60 a year for two cards per household with access to all Costco locations around the world. (Taking a road trip to Canada? You can refuel there as well!) The self-serve stations offer both regular and diesel Kirkland Signature gas, and are located next to the warehouses. As a Costco member, you'll get access to other perks like savings on groceries, clothing, toys, tools and, of course, those beloved samples.

Upgrade to the Executive membership, which is $120 a year, to get 2% back on all qualifying purchases up to a maximum of $1,000 a year. Depending on how much you spend annually on groceries and other items, this can easily cover the extra $60 for the premium membership. Keep in mind that gas does not count towards the 2% but there's more than enough to purchase at Costco to add up to significant cash back savings. Plus, the Executive membership includes savings booked on vacations through Costco Travel. 

Walmart+

Walmart+ members get a discount of $0.05 per gallon at Walmart gas stations, Murphy Express and Sam's Club locations.

Did you know that Walmart has a membership program called Walmart+? For $12.95 a month or $98 annually (less than Amazon Prime!), you get, among the many other perks, savings on gas. Right now, you can enjoy a 30-day trial to check it out. Walmart+ members get a discount of $0.05 per gallon at Walmart gas stations, Murphy Express and Sam's Club fuel stations. That might not sound like a lot, but with gas prices soaring, it adds up. If your car fills up at 15 gallons, for example, you'll save $0.75 each time you fill up. If you get gas weekly, that's about $40 in savings a year. 

Other benefits of a Walmart+ membership include free unlimited delivery (including same-day on some items), early access deals and mobile scan-and-go shopping in stores. Walmart offers great prices on groceries, toiletries, fresh meats and produce, pantry staples, electronics, clothing and more. 

Kroger

Kroger has a Fuel Points program when you use its Shoppers Card that can save you on gas prices.

Kroger has a Fuel Points program when you use its Shoppers Card that allows you to earn 100 Fuel Points for every dollar spent on most groceries, which can be redeemed for $0.10 off per gallon at Kroger’s fuel centers and participating Shell gas stations in your area. Signing up for a Shoppers card is free. Create an account by entering your name, email address and desired password or sign in using your existing Google credentials. You can then register an existing card you already received using the Plus Card number on the back or get a digital one to use on a mobile device. 

In addition to the point-per-dollar deal, there are always special bonus Fuel Point promotions to help you save even more. The program excludes purchases like alcohol, tobacco, money orders, postage stamps and promotional tickets but most items you can buy at Kroger, from pantry staples to fresh fruits and veggies, will earn you fuel points that quickly add up. 

You will even earn 20 Fuel Points for all non-federally funded prescriptions and a Fuel Point per dollar for anything paid out-of-pocket for federally funded prescriptions. If you have a 90-day prescription, that means you'll get 75 Fuel Points each time you refill. 

While most shops exclude gift cards from loyalty programs, you will earn two Fuel Points for every $1 spent on Kroger’s family of stores gift cards, Green Dot prepaid reloadable products, MoneyPaks and preloaded gift cards from American Express, Visa and MasterCard.

Consider that a $200 Kroger grocery bill full of qualifying items will earn you 200 Fuel Points that can be redeemed for $0.10 per gallon off your next two tanks (you can only redeem 100 points at a time for up to 35 gallons of unleaded, mid-grade, premium, diesel or E85 gas). To redeem, scan your Shoppers card and follow the instructions at the pump. 

Keep in mind that the Fuel Points expire one month after they are earned, so you must redeem on a month-to-month basis. You can check your Fuel Points balance at any time on your receipt, the website or the mobile app. 

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Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.