Feeding Marshall: how I save money at the pump (Sweepstakes)


Feeding Marshall: how I save money at the pump (and you can too!)

We name all of our cars, we always have. When we said goodbye to Millie’s Cadillac and got a proper family-style car we gave W naming rights. It was on the journey home that he announced the name to our new used car. “Marsha Ro!” is what he squealed from the back seat. Our GPS had just alerted us that we would soon be making a turn onto Marshall Road. “Marsha Ro!” and he clapped. That is when we realized that W had named our car Marshall Road.

We talk about Marshall as if he is part of our family. Usually in terms of not kicking Marshall and not getting Marshall dirty. We also talk about when Marshall gets hungry. Due to convenience he only eats at one place as there is only one gas station that is on the route between our house and W’s school some twenty minutes away. That gas station happens to be a Shell, or, as W calls it, “Yellow Store!”

The price of gas is something that can make us all groan, regardless of where we get it. We are always trying to find ways to drive less or drive more efficiently, but the bottom line is, for my family, feeding Marshall is expensive.

I discovered the Fuel Rewards Network™ program, or FRN™ program, months ago. After seeing the prompt on the display at the pump asking me every time I pulled up if I had a rewards card I got curious. I thought it was something you had to buy into, or a credit card. I didn’t get what it was until I checked out their website. I cannot believe I did not sign up sooner for this.

So here’s the deal: if you sign up and then you shop online you can save money on gas.

And I’m not just talking a few pennies. Members are saving, on average, $0.31 per gallon (according to fuelrewards.com on 5/6/13). That seriously adds up. All you do is sign up (it’s free) and shop at the places online that you are already buying from.

There are over 700 vendors in the FRN Online Mall so the way that you earn rewards is by logging into the rewards network first and then clicking on the site that you want to make a purchase from. A new window pops open and you shop from there. You earn 5¢/gal or more for every $50 spent. Your reward points show up about 3 days later in your account, although some of mine have taken a bit longer.

I am going to spell this out for you in some math terms. Say you click on a link to a tech vendor in the “mall” that says “2x Rewards” next to its name. A quick pop-up will let you know that a new window is about to open and if there are any special deals or restrictions. Once it opens you can start shopping. Let’s say you decide to treat yourself to a fancy $200 tablet for Mother’s day. At 2x the rewards that’s 10¢/gal savings for this particular purchase. That’s 40¢ off each gallon of gas when you next fill up.

The list of vendors are all familiar to you. All of the go-to family and Mom online shopping places are there. This is really one of those no-brainer kind of multi-tasking/money saving programs that I feel lucky to have found.

Feeding Marshall costs us a lot less now. It also kind of makes going to the pump fun because there is this element of “how much am I going to save!?” thrill added. For the most part, we all shop online, we all need gas, and we ALL need to save money. This is just a simple program that combines it all.

Easy links for you:
• Sign up for the Fuel Rewards Network program
• Check out the Fuel Rewards Network program on Facebook

How would you benefit from the Fuel Rewards Network program?

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Comments

  1. Elena says

    I would benefit from this program because I do a lot of shopping online and can collect points to save money on gas

  2. Mami2jcn says

    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

  3. rebecca shockley says

    I drive roughly 25,000 to 30,000 miles a year or more, so this would benefit me well!
    rjwashington2000at yahoo dot com
    Earn point’s from grocery shopping too

  4. Christina says

    Funny we name out cars too but they are always girls.

    Anyways it would be excellent to save some money on gas since we were considering a road trip to visit family this summer!

  5. Lisa says

    We spend so much on gas here in SoCal, would love a chance to win a gas gift card. And I’m definitely going to check out that reward program!

  6. Kelly D says

    I would benefit from the Fuel Rewards Network program because 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.

  7. says

    The Fuel Rewards Network would be a huge help to me. I drive all the time…back and forth to school, to all the after school activities, to church, and a ton of other places. The money it saves me would be phenomenal.

  8. Carolsue says

    I would save money on gas, especially since we biy Shell gas anyway! And I shop at many of the participating stores that are involved with this program.

  9. says

    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

  10. Nicole Larsen says

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

  11. Jessica Smyth says

    My hubby commutes to work over an hour away, so that I may stay home and raise our two gorgeous lil men’s. We could surely use the extra money for the kids.

  12. says

    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

  13. PAIGE CHANDLER says

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

  14. Margaret Smith says

    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.

  15. Tamar says

    We’d love to get benefits from buying what we already do! Not even sure what we’d get, but the idea is great!

  16. Maureen says

    It would help me because I do a lot of driving between my house and my parent’s place. they both do not drive and they have appointments and events they like to go to so this would help with the gas issue.

  17. Stephanie V. says

    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

  18. Wanda McHenry says

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

  19. Stephanie Larison says

    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!

  20. Livivua Chandler says

    i drive multiple miles because there is only one person i trust to provide daycare for my child when i am at work and she is 45 minutes away from work so I feel it will help me with that

  21. Bridget Vanover says

    It would help with fuel costs for work commuting. I spend between 60-70 a week in gas just to get to work.

  22. says

    Not only do I do most of my shopping online, but then who doesn’t these days. I drive at least 3 times a week out to the farm to help my daughter take care of her horse and mine. We live in Norfolk, completely urban, horses are out in Suffolk. My husband also does quite a bit of driving to and from work. Saving money on gas would be wonderful.

  23. cw says

    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.

  24. says

    The Fuel Rewards Network program would help me to save money on gas by rewarding me for the online shopping that I do. While I only shop online occasionally these days, I’m sure I’d do it enough to rack up at least some savings. :)

  25. Paula V says

    The rewards points would save us money on gas since my husband commutes to school over an hour each way. We buy everything with a credit card now and pay it off each month so we can get reward points/dollars. Nothing like getting “free” money for things you already do.

  26. says

    I live in a very rural area where the gas prices are much higher than in the urban area. Free gas would be greatly appreciated.

  27. patti says

    I shop around for the cheapest gas, best deal was at Shell this week, will check out the rewards program!

  28. sandra davis says

    i would benefit from this because it would help with monthly expenses saving money any way i can

  29. steve weber says

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

    groogruxking40 at gmail dot com

  30. Denise says

    I’m going to Shell all the time since it’s closest to me, even though it’s more expensive than other gas stations, so making use of this program would make it both close & the cheapest option!

  31. Sandy says

    I would love to try fuelrewards as every penny saved really does help and it sounds really easy too. Maybe with the money we save we could finally take a family trip together which would be a dream for sure.

  32. Mya Murphy says

    I buy a lot of things online and the rewards can help my husband get back and forth to work…

  33. Sarah VM says

    I but Shell gas anyway so this would work out great for us. My husband has a long commute to work so he would save a lot of money in gas by using this program. I’m surprised I didn’t sign up for it earlier!

  34. Tara Liebing says

    would benefit from this because I drive 50 miles to work about 3 times a week and I also do alot of online shopping!

  35. Valencia says

    I would benefit because I am earning points from buying things that I was already purchasing anyway.

  36. says

    I don’t drive a lot, but every little bit helps, and my truck doesn’t get the best gas mileage. I’m trying to save up for a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

  37. Janine McNally says

    I would benefit from the program because my hubby is out of work right now, and every little bit helps!~

  38. Tammy S says

    We would benefit from the program because we have 4 cars that we are driving each day for work and school. My car is called Piggy. so you know it takes a lot of gas. We also buy a lot of items online. so I would be earning rewards for doing what I am already doing.

  39. TRACY SIMMS says

    I would benefit because my husband drives over 60 miles round trip to work. This prize would help us with 2 weeks of free gas to get him back and forth from home to work. thanks so much simmsmba@gmail.com

  40. Jessie C. says

    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.

  41. lisagee1234 says

    No vehicle so I’d gift this to my brother that commutes a lot to his job everyday. The Fuel Rewards Network Program would benefit him for all his driving.

  42. Sarah Hirsch says

    i would love to save money on gas with the rewards network so i could have more money for other things!

  43. Sylvia Zajis says

    I use my Homeland card when I get groceries or prescriptions from their pharmacy. I would benefit from their program by getting fuel rewards on these things I already do.

  44. Susan Smith says

    This program would benefit my family because my husband has a long commute to work every day.

  45. Lauren says

    The commute from work really eats up a lot of my income towards gas so I could benefit from this program greatly.

  46. says

    I have a nasty little commute, and any gas savings would be a huge help. Public transportation isn’t an option for me, alas.

  47. Regina says

    I would benefit by not having to spend so much at the pump and use that money for groceries instead.

  48. kelly mcgrew says

    i would really love to win this for my beach vacation in september — my sister and her husband are drivign and i would like to contribute this!

  49. Stephanie Phelps says

    I would benifit from this because my parents live a state away and always need my help!

  50. Jason says

    It would benefit me because it saves money. Only problem is there aren’t any stations anywhere close that accept it.

  51. tracy p says

    I would benefit because saving three cents a gallon during their current promotion would help me out.

  52. steph says

    id benefit because i drive way more now that i stay at home with my baby so extra savings would be great!

  53. Blessie Nelson says

    The place where we live is riddled with politics between gas companies and car manufacturers so that consumers keep spending money on cars and gas and they are not allowing the govt to construct subways for consumers to commute to work. Its frustrating and we consumers need to find ways to save our money during this economic depression and hopefully, this shell program can help us do that.

  54. Melissa Hartley says

    I am still looking for a job & this gas card will come in handy on my searches .. thanks for the chance!! :)

  55. Louis says

    we could earn fuel by buying things we already get ll the time
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  56. Helga says

    I would love to win this! I have heard about this program and it looks like a great way to save on gas. But you need to go to those Shell stations which participate in this program, not all do.

    • Helga says

      And I would benefit from this program because i live half an hour from town and I use a lot of gas just to get groceries.

  57. says

    I would benefit from this because any extra money I can save on fuel would help me save more for a home! I am currently renting and hoping to buy a house of my own this year!

  58. rachel says

    I like knowing that I can earn money off by doing shopping I already do. So that motivates me to use it!

  59. Lawanna says

    The price of gasoline just keeps going up and up, while our family wants to be more active and do more things. So the fuel rewards network would help us by letting us have fun together, but not overspend the gas budget.

  60. Diana Camden says

    Our family could benefit from this program because we just moved to TX and our family is in the Midwest. That’s a lot of traveling!

    Diana C

  61. Christine Chan says

    What a great post. I had never heard of the Fuel Rewards Network before. Thanks for informing us!

  62. says

    saving $0.31 per gallon is a lot of money and that really adds up. I can benefit from the FRN because I do drive a lot.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  63. Marcia Goss says

    My husband and I both drive older cars that don’t get great gas mileage. Any savings on gas would be welcome!

  64. tina reynolds says

    This would be great my husband has to drive a truck to work and its a good drive every day and then add summer travel too it as well this would be really great thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  65. Amy Morgan says

    Six children in a small rural town, that’s a go, go, go! This program would be beneficial to our super tight budget!

  66. Lisa says

    I would benefit from the savings. I have a long commute to work so my gas bill is through the roof!

  67. Wild Orchid says

    I would benefit from the gas savings for all of the running around I do.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  68. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh this would be wonderful! Our family would really benefit with the drives to work, and with money so tight right now, this would be a blessing!

  69. April V. says

    We could benefit by earning rewards doing stuff we already do! Saving any kind of money, especially gas money, is extremely important these days with the hubs out of work and everything costing more.

  70. Jasmine Bowers says

    If I was apart of the Fuel Rewards Network Program I would benefit greatly since I am a commuting college student, who also works full time.

  71. Diane baum says

    This would allow us to drive from Michigan to Texas, to visit my hubby’s family and save money!

  72. kim h says

    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!!

  73. ewhatley says

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

  74. susan smoaks says

    i would benefit from the fuel rewards network program by saving money on gas. we could always use a savings!

  75. Ellie W says

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

  76. Jill L says

    My husband’s commute is long and I just can’t stay put so between us, we spend too much on gas. We could use a little relief at the pump or hey, I’d take a nice dinner too.

  77. Chris Martinez says

    My wife has to drive our three kids everywhere during the day–from school to sports practice to friends’ houses–and I commute to work. This would be so helpful!

  78. clynsg says

    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.

  79. Eugenie says

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

  80. says

    I love taking a nice leisurely drive but I’ve really cut back since gas prices skyrocketed. If I could save on the things I have to buy maybe I could take the occasional drive just because I want to and not because I have to.

  81. Elizabeth Ray says

    Like everyone else these days, we spend a lot on gas. Anything that would help take out the sting at the pumps would be helpful.

  82. Lillie says

    I think this would be a great benefit to me. I totally hate spending all that money for gas when I can use it to make a purchase online.

  83. says

    I think this would be great for the months of November and December! Think of all the shopping, eating out, and groceries you get during those months? Then in January, when you are broke, you would get TONS off per gallon! I know this would rock for me!

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