Doing battle with rising gas prices

Ready for cold weather


With our passel of kids, John and I have spent many years driving big vehicles. We bought our current full-size Ford van when we had five kids, with zero clue we’d eventually fill a 12-passenger van. (At the time, the thought probably would have terrified us, actually. Isn’t it funny how God so gently leads us in directions we’d never imagine?)

At the time we went for the big van for its towing capability. We also have an old 26-foot travel trailer–a hugely heavy beast– and John wanted the V10 engine in the Ford econoline. Though that V10 engine excels at towing and at people-hauling, as you can imagine it doesn’t get the best gas mileage. The van averages 14 mpg running around town, and about 9 mpg when we’re towing that trailer. Pitiful, right? With the increase in gas prices in the past few years, we’ve really been feeling pain at the gas pump. As much as possible we drive our minivan (20 mpg) or John’s tiny Festiva (42 mpg- yehaw!)

I’m looking forward to someday getting rid of the big van. But with 6 kids still at home, and the occasional college student or friend joining us on trips, that time isn’t quite yet. So when I heard about the Fuel Rewards Network™ program, I was interested. It’s possible to earn rewards by shopping online at designated retailers, at some restaurants, or even at some grocery stores to earn more credit.

One of the things we’re hoping to do sometime soon is update our boys’ bathroom. (Hoping to blog about that this summer.) I’ve been looking for good prices on a new shower stall, so when it comes time to buy, I’ll be sure to access to home improvement sites via the Fuel Rewards Network Online Mall. To earn rewards for local dining or grocer purchases, you need to make sure your debit or credit card is linked to your Fuel Rewards Network Account, something I haven’t done yet. But I figure just with the occasional online purchase, I should be able to earn some rewards.

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  1. Stephanie Larison says:

    I’m not sure if my orig. comment went through since I don’t see it? So I’m reposting…
    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!

  2. Jessica Y says:

    There is a Shell on my way home, so this would come in handy. Who doesn’t wanna save on gas and other stuff, right?!?

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

  4. Bridget Vanover says:

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

  5. sandra says:

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

  6. Sharon says:

    The program sounds good, but the program locator shows that I have to drive further to use the program. It will only work when I’m in that town (an additional 30 miles) which only happens once a month. 🙁 At this point, every little bit helps! 🙂

  7. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i would benefit by paying less for gas and having more money for other things!

  8. 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.

  9. It would benefit me by helping me get more gas for my money, I sure do drive a lot!

  10. Rebecca Graham says:

    I will benefit by earning reward points while shopping online.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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  14. Tammy S says:

    We would benefit from the Fuel Rewards Network program because we have 4 people driving all the time for work and school. I would love to earn fuel points for purchases I make already.

  15. Tammy S says:
  16. Susan Smith says:

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

  17. Susan Smith says:
  18. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I could save a few pennies to use on other bills

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

  20. By racking up rewards during our road trips.

  21. Shopping online and dining out

  22. Katie Contests says:

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

  23. Katie Contests says:
  24. I’d use it to save money for bigger things, like paying off our mortgage.

  25. Merle M says:

    I drive to work everyday. I can save some gas money.

  26. Merle M says:
  27. I can benefit from the FRN program because I drive a lot and saving some money along the way would be wonderful.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  28. This would benefit us on road trips.

  29. Seems like we are driving more and more as the kids get older – I’ll have to check this out.

  30. 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!

  31. Marcia Goss says:
  32. I could benefit because I travel for work and put 1000’s of miles on my car each month

  33. Definitely looking forward to this! We can use all the “rewards” possible. We too have a 12 passenger van…it is known as the “bus”…plus I work 45 minutes away from home so I also have a smaller vehicle to commute to work, but unfortunatley the 6 kids dont fit in it so We drive the BUS frequently!

  34. Amy Morgan says:

    My oldest daughter is away at college. With five more children at home and a tight budget, getting to visit her is not as often as I would like. This program would allow for more visits!

  35. 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

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  37. I would benefit because filling up a SUV and a boat all summer can get very expensive.

  38. Debbie B says:

    i would benefit because with gas prices as they are anything you can do to save money on gas helps!

  39. Debbie B says:
  40. Our family would benefit by being able to taking fun day trips this summer.

  41. saving commuter money
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson Janna johnson on GFC

  42. April V. says:

    It would take me two hours and 15 minutes and three dollars to take a bus to work. Possible, should the need ever arise, but until my little car dies, that is the best way for me to get to work and that is a two way trip five days a week. Gas prices (and savings) are very important.

  43. Erica Best says:

    we use alot of gas and this would same alot money

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  45. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh with money so tight, this would be such a blessing to our family! I love that they have added shopping and dining to get additional discounts! So neat! Since we always have to buy gas…might as well get discounts!

  46. Laura Jacobson says: