Programs that save you money at the pump

After gasoline prices surpassed $5 per gallon in Franklin County for the first time ever, drivers started wondering how to cushion the blow from their daily commute.

Discounts are available if you look for them, but most involve buying other products. Kroger, for example, gives you a 10 cents per gallon discount for every $100 you spend at the grocery store if you have a Kroger Plus Card — which is free, provided you don’t mind the grocery giant tracking your purchases, the downside of loyalty cards.

In most cases you have to spend money to save money, so seek discounts with caution.

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But for those already inclined to shop at stores that offer discounts, a loyalty card might be worth it.

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