Monday, May 6, 2013

Runnin' On Empty

I drive from 8:30am until 7:30 at night.  While I don't drive continuously, my days are a back-and-forth, to and from school, running-errands-and-getting-kids-to-activities blur.

The other evening, after pulling into my driveway after another long day in the car, I started to wonder how much I spend on gas every week.  After starting my gas-pump-tally, I decided not to figure it out.  I knew it would only depress me, because it's a lot of money.  More money than I care to spend on gasoline.

With gas prices constantly skyrocketing, it's important for everyone to consider different ways to save on gas.  While the easy way to save is not to drive, that is not a reality for many of us.

I imagine my kids would be very disgruntled if I told them we were no longer signing up for football, baseball, gymnastics or clubs.  Oh, and no more playdates unless we have them at our house.

Huh?  Seriously?

A simpler (and more sane) solution to gas prices is joining the Fuel Rewards Network™ program - or FRN™ program.  The FRN program is free and easy to join, and if you drive as much as I do, it can save you plenty on gas.  You can sign up online, or stop in any Shell station to receive your card.  Once you have your card, and your account set up, you can start saving on gas every time you hit the pump.  Members save on average $0.31/gallon on fuel (according to fuelrewards.com on 5/6/13).  Over the course of the year, that REALLY adds up.

My favorite part of the Fuel Rewards Network program is that your fuel rewards aren't limited to money you spend at Shell stations.  You can link your participating grocery cards, shop online, dine out and more, all to up your gas savings.  I was thrilled to realize that as I'm stocking up on my weekly groceries, eating out with Hubby, and buying gifts, I am also saving on gasoline.

Pretty cool.  Definitely a win-win.

Visit the Fuel Rewards Network program to sign up, or visit their Facebook page for more information.  Happy saving!

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127 comments:

  1. I would benefit from the Fuel Rewards Network program because we could earn gas rewards when we grocery shop or shop online. This extra gas savings would be helpful since my husband has a long commute to work and we have a lot of upcoming trips this summer. It would help us save money so we could enjoy more activities with our kids.

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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    https://twitter.com/kellydsaver/status/331408817109729283

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  3. I drive A LOT. Our kids' school is 25 miles from home - roundtrip is 50+. x2 at least 3 days a week. I refuse to add it up, either, I just know that we can almost pay for vacation with the savings once school lets out for the summer! ;) I'm not sure I even pass a Shell station, though...

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  4. I would benefit from the Fuel Rewards Network program because I shop online a lot, and can collect points to save money on gas

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  5. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/331463869820190720

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  6. I drive roughly 25,000 to 30,000 miles a year or more, so this would benefit me well!
    rjwashington2000@yahoo.com

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  7. tweeted
    rjwashington2000@yahoo.com
    https://twitter.com/mngirlinssp/status/331464970430722048

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  8. I would benefit from it by using the rewards for dining out! We dine out once a week and this would be so helpful! Any little bit counts! We have 4 kids and a V6 and V8 so we spend on average $150 in gas a week.

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  9. I would benefit from the savings on gas because our relatives are all in other states and driving to see them can be very expensive.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  10. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/331477575526383616

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  11. I would benefit by saving money on my commute to work!
    reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

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  12. Mint shows me monthly how much I spend on gas - it's not pretty. This program would benefit me because we were thinking of doing a road trip to see family this summer!

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  13. Will help us a lot this summer! we spend way more money on gas during summer.

    natcarbonell at live dot com

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  14. We’ve been taking a ton of trips between NC and MD. At over 260 miles each way! The FRN could definitely take some of the pain at the pump away.

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  15. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/331433100003377154
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  16. We could benefit from this because we camp a lot during the summer and drive long distances–gas prices are ridiculous right now!


    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  17. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/331805093630464000

    pittsy82@Hotmail.com

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  18. We'll be having a second baby soon, so any way to save would be very welcome! Besides, I'm sure two kids will require lots of trips into town. :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  19. I drive a lot for business and would save an average of 31 cents per gallon. That would greatly add to my bottom line.
    ELYSESW@AOL.COM

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  20. I'd benefit because we put on about 20,000 miles per year.

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  21. I would benefit from the savings on gas because we will be traveling a lot this summer.
    austma7@aol.com

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  22. This really sounds like a great program. My husband and I are on the road often and use lots of fuel. This extra savings would really add up for us.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/331933485654745088
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. We'd love to get benefits from buying what we already do! Not even sure what we'd get, but the idea is great!
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  25. Just applied for this and got my card a few days ago. Gas is expensive in CA and we drive a lot so major benefits!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  26. With gas prices rising, any cents off a gallon is wonderful especially when you get rewarded by shopping at your favorite stores!

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  27. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/332001985899397121

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  28. My husband is on the road a hour and a half total each day for work. That is a lot of gas money! He would definitely benefit from the program. Even if it's just saving a little here and there, it all adds up!

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  29. This gas card would definitely help us as we travel from MI to GA to visit family this summer! Thanks!

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  30. great prize

    edq143 at yahoo dot com

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  31. If my grocery store participated in this it would help me a LOT!

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  32. It would help with fuel costs for commuting to work. I drive over an hour one way to work. I love my job but hate the commute!

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  33. we’d save money on our roadtrips to visit grandma and grandpa

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  34. yes! We have not been on a vacation in years....looking into doing a road trip this summer. The fuel rewards would help us save so much money on our trip...maybe we could even splurge on a hotel for a night or two...rather than camping.

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  35. It would help save money for vacation!

    roxannewv@yahoo.com

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  36. I think anyone would benefit from this program, even if they just filled up every other week

    groogruxking40 at gmail dot com

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  37. Hubby and I both drive daily. In addition to daily gas usage, road trips around the country during holidays add up quick too. Fuel Rewards Network program would be very helpful in all cases.

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  38. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/333784823552434178

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  39. i would love to save money on gas with the rewards network so i could have more money for other things!
    stigay at comcast.net

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  40. I could save a few pennies to use on other bills

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  41. My family could benefit from this program because my husband has a long commute to work every day and I'm always driving our kids around.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  42. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/334125667560079360

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  43. Our family could benefit from the Fuel Rewards Network program because like you it seems we are driving all day. Between work, school errands and after school activities we are always on the go.

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  44. Tweet

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/334560195592208384

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  45. id benefit because i drive way more now that i stay at home with my baby so extra savings would be great! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  46. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/335216408269037568 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  47. with gas prices as they are, any way you can save money will be helpful


    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. Shopping online and dining out

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  49. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/335663616806244353

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  50. My family would benefit because we all have SUVs, and gas can get expensive!

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  51. Tweet: https://twitter.com/katiecontests/status/336189890167459841

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  52. My Shell station is down the street.

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  53. https://twitter.com/benz1171/status/336274250862305280

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  54. We moved to a small town but love bigger cities so we do a lot of driving to bigger areas.

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  55. i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/337042133880012802

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. i drive to work everyday. i can save some gas money
    navygravY@hotmail.com

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  57. https://twitter.com/Merle0304/status/337202900558290944
    navygravy@hotmail.com

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  58. I can definitely be benefit from the Fuel Rewards Network program! I drive around town a lot too. Just like you, I take the kids to different activities and play date and that gas really adds up. I'm glad you introduce me to this FRN program. I definitely will go sign up and start saving right the way!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  59. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/337264447108292609

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  60. We'd save on fuel for long road trips and to visit family.
    aleksnearing gmail com

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  61. Seems like we are driving more and more as the kids get older - I'll have to check this out.

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  62. My husband and I both drive older cars that don't get good gas mileage. Any savings on gas would be welcome.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  63. https://twitter.com/mgoss123/status/337941170925744128
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  64. I could benefit because I travel for work and put 1000's of miles on my car each month
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  65. This program would help stretch our super tight budget. We are a family of eight living in a small rural town on the Red River border. Travel is necessary for everything!

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  66. I would benefit because filling up a SUV and a boat all summer can be very expensive!

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  67. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/338404153627926528
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  68. saving commuter money
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna johnson on GFC

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  69. yes it would really help with gas cost

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  70. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/339107414425100288

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  71. I would benefit because gas prices are so expensive in Oregon. 30 cents higher per gallon on average!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  72. Oh saving the money would be a huge benefit for our family! I love that when you shop or dine you can also get additional off!
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  73. I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/Ilovemybeagle2/status/339249337550905345
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  74. As a single mom, I am always stressed out when I pull up to the pump! It's so expensive!

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  75. It would be awesome to earn by buying groceries too!

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  76. Shell is the station I visit most frequently on my way to work.


    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  77. I would benefit because I have a long commute to work

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  78. I tweeted https://twitter.com/FloydSara/status/339790348404535296

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  79. We would benifit from the savings when going to see family this summer! Summer is packed, and we are always on the run, so this program would helps us a lot!

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  80. The rewards program would help make it possible for us to take a roadtrip this summer.

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  81. We would benefit from saving large sums of money on gas, for our summer drive from Michigan to Texas to visit family.
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  82. i don't do much traveling but i do run a lot in town

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  83. Anything that will lower my fuel bill that is as easy as the FRN would be a good thing.

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  84. I would benefit because I drive 60 miles round trip for work, then another 20 for the gym, then taking the kids back and forth!!

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  85. I have a long commute and do not make much more than minimum wage so every cent counts for me in trying to pay my bills. This program would allow me to save on gas, which costs more than all my utilities and food bills each month put together.

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  86. I have so many trips I would love to go on this summer, it would be so helpful to have a new way to save!

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  87. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/340903528425984000

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  88. I've been driving less and riding my bike more. This would let me increase my driving again.

    mybeachylife at gmail dot com

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  89. The money we save could be used towards more cookouts!
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. Every little bit helps and I love rewards programs. Especially for things we already buy, like gas. My husband has a 50 mile commute every day. We will have to check this out.

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  91. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/341003719476924416

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  92. i would benefit from the fuel rewards network by saving money. i like to save money on gas!

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  93. https://twitter.com/fdp4life/status/341004226278875136

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  94. We do alot of traveling to go camping and fishing during the summer.

    brat52101 at yahoo dot com

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  95. My husband drives a lot for work so this would be so helpful.

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  96. Gas prices are so high in southern California that every penny I can save will help with our tight budget.
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/341109843953848320
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  98. The program would help because my grandson currently drives 45 miles to work and is also looking for a better job, which entails driving various distances to interviews, etc. Any amount of assistance with gas would help.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail . com

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  99. I would benefit with the money I save by going out for a day of fun and pampering

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  100. https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/341193288222638080

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  101. I would benefit because with the price of gas these days every penny helps. I could use the extra dollars to help with other bills.

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  102. Tweet: https://twitter.com/njhhb/status/341199074801893376

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  103. I do so many errands every day that it seems I fill up every week.
    This card will come in real handy!


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  104. I would benefit because my husband has a long commute each day. His gas bills are huge and it just eats into our income. This would help take some of that bite away.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  105. Tweeted https://twitter.com/chipdip2010/status/341215557716164609
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  106. I would benefit by saving a lot of money

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  107. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/341267938264891392

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  108. Save money on gas? Can you say "no brainer"?

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  109. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/341278692816846848

    slehan at juno dot com

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  110. Money saved would be available for other things. Great!

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  111. I could save money using the fuel rewards when pumping gas and take my kids on vacation

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  112. tweet

    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/341306796079726592

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  113. This would be great for our weekend road trips!
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  114. My hubby drives over 40 miles round trip daily for his commute, so anything that will help me save money at the pump is going to help me out when budgeting our finances! I love that you earn credits just for doing things like eating out that you already do!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  115. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/341319243524087808
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  116. It would help to save on gas because every penny counts.

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  117. We would save some much needed money on gas since we have a long commute to work.

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  118. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/2005daveshir/status/341321708969525248

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  119. A Shell gift card would be such a blessing. I need to make a fairly long road trip and I've been dreading the cost of gas. And if the rewards program could save me a bit that would be even better.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  120. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/341341410445889537

    https://twitter.com/willitara/status/341341410445889537

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  121. Disney this summer and I'd love save in gas. I

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  122. Id benefit and buy more groceries witht the money i saved on gas

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  123. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/341350177237499904
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  124. I already fill up at Shell without a reward, so it will be nice to rack up some discounts for a later fill up! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  125. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/lieutcrunch17/status/341352923680346112

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  126. I do a lot of driving in my current job - the biggest headache is making sure I keep enough gas in the car - the Fuel Rewards card could certainly help me out in that!

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