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Loyalty programs can help ease pain at the pump

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Drivers in western Massachusetts said that they are looking for ways to save as the price for a gallon of gas climbs closer to $3.

In Springfield, motorists are spending 54 cents more a gallon for gas today than they were a year ago.
 
You’ve probably noticed prices at the pump are on the rise hitting levels not seen in more than three years,

Kevin Dorsey has.  He said that working for a commercial florist, he fills up constantly.

"It's 15 gallons a day," Dorsey explained.

Like so many others in western Massachusetts, he’s signed up for rewards program in an effort to cut down on pain at the pump.

"When you're getting gas, you might as well save a few pennies.  Saving is the name of the game," Dorsey said.

Western Mass News wanted to find the best program, so we took a look at Stop and Shop, Pride, and F.L. Roberts.

Some programs like Stop and Shop are tied to how much you spend on groceries.

You’ll get one point for every dollar spent and save 10 cents per gallon for every 100 points.  That means you can save up to a total of $1.50 per gallon.

Meantime, with the F.L. Roberts RewardsPlus program, you’ll earn points for gas or in store purchases.  Five-hundred points equals five cents off per gallon, with 9,000 points adding up to $1.00 per gallon.  The discount maxes out at 20 gallons.

At Pride, drivers can get two cents off every gallon and two percent on store purchases if they swipe their card or show off their app.  There’s also a second rewards program that can save you even more.

"Their checking account pays our checking account.  It's just like a transfer between banks," said Pride president Marsha Delmonte.

That second program will save you 10 cents per gallon.  Combined with their other program, that’s up to 12 cents.

However, those in Massachusetts are actually saving compared to Hartford, CT, where the average gallon for gas is $3.01.

"They are a lot cheaper than Connecticut, so I come all the way up here to save 30 cents a gallon," said Harvey Brooks.

There is some good news.  Prices at the pump are still well below an all-time high of $4.11 a gallon, which was back in 2008.

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