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App of the Week - GasBuddy

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, there’s nothing like a good road trip. Loading up the car and hitting the open road is a great way to reconnect with family and friends, get away from the work mindset for a while, and really focus on the things that matter.

Although, if you’re anything like us Geeks, there’s one pesky little problem that keeps drawing your attention when you should be enjoying the ride: Gas.

Paying for gas can put the damper on a road trip in a hurry. After all, fueling up is expensive, no matter where you go. And it can be hard to locate gas stations - especially when you’re making your way through an unfamiliar state.

Fortunately, there’s one essential app that can help you make the most out of your pit stops the next time you’re on the road. Meet your road trip’s new best friend: GasBuddy.

The GasBuddy app is a driver’s one-stop-shop for finding cheaper, more convenient fuel prices, no matter where the road takes you. And for serious users, this app could help you save hundreds of dollars at the pump every single year.

GasBuddy comes with a slew of easy-to-follow features, all primed to help you find the lowest prices for gas. Users can easily search the app for the closest fuel stop near their current location, filtering through tons of helpful criteria, including price, location, brand, and more.

Even better, before you hit your pit stop, you can use GasBuddy to monitor your driving habits, and figure out ways that you can maximize fuel consumption. The service will also clue you in when there’s about to be a price surge on gasoline, and can even point you in the direction of certain convenience stores and gas stations offering special deals and discounts.

You can also link your checking account with GasBuddy and pay for gas with your phone; when you do, you might even be eligible for savings at the pump - including a certain number of cents off per gallon, or even cash back.

And you don’t have to go it alone! GasBuddy is also a community of passionate, money savvy drivers. You can rate and review service stations, swap tips with fellow drivers, participate in periodic challenges and drawings, and help other members find the best gas options in their area.

Ready to see why CNN has called GasBuddy one of the “best apps to find cheap gas?” Curious about just how much time, money, and effort you can save with the power of crowdsourcing? You can get started with GasBuddy for free on your favorite iOS and Android devices right now!

Are there any other apps that you use to make traveling a breeze? Is there a money-saving hack that our team needs to try? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter to keep the tech talk going!

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Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).