Fuel prices are now the number one consumer worry, according to a recent Which? survey. A record 85% of consumers say they’re worried about rising fuel prices.
And the number of people saying they are looking to cut back on car running costs is now 39% – the highest figure Which? has ever recorded.
Consumers have had some good news recently from the Chancellor, who postponed the proposed 3p per litre fuel duty rise that was due in January 2013.
There’s some more good news from supermarkets, too. The latest forecourt deals could help out consumers seeking to cut their fuel bills and eke out tight Christmas budgets.
Free fuel at Morrisons
Surely you can’t get a tank of fuel for nothing? Well, under a new fuel discount loyalty scheme launched by Morrisons, this is a real possibility.
The Morrisons Fuel Saver Scheme offers money off fuel at its filling stations if you buy shopping gift cards at Morrisons’ tills. There are gift cards available to be spent at 34 retailers, including Currys, Homebase, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Waterstones, iTunes, Next, Boots and Halfords.
The gift cards come in £10 denominations. A £10 gift card qualifies you for a coupon worth 1p off a litre of petrol or diesel. A £50 gift card gives you 5p off a litre.
There is no maximum limit on the number of gift cards you can buy, so if you’re planning on a big purchase, say a £500 computer from PC World, you could buy £500 worth of gift cards and receive 50p a litre off your next refuel.
If you bought £1,400 worth of gift cards, you could save £1.40 per litre – effectively meaning you’ll pay nothing for your next tank of fuel.
Is there a catch? Well, the maximum fill-up is 100 litres at any one time, and fuel vouchers are only valid for 63 days from the date of issue. Also gift cards are non-refundable and if the retailer goes bust, you’d be unlikely to get your money back.
Save 5p a litre at BP M&S
You can get 5p a litre off petrol, diesel or LPG when you spend at least £10 in-store on groceries at BP Marks & Spencer service stations. This isn’t a voucher scheme though – the fuel and groceries must be purchased in the same transaction.
There are some exclusions as to what qualifies as part of the £10 minimum spend. Tobacco, stamps and lottery products are not allowed, for example, but any alcohol you buy does count. The maximum amount on which you can claim a discount in a single visit is 100 litres, and the offer runs until Wednesday 2 January 2013 at selected BP sites.
Asda sets low forecourt prices
Asda has set a new national price for all of its filling stations: 128.7p per litre of unleaded, and 135.7p per litre for diesel. It says it’s currently the only supermarket with unleaded prices below 130p per litre at all its UK filling stations. According to petrolprices.com, the average cost of unleaded in the UK stands at 132.14p, and diesel at 140.03p.
- How to find the cheapest fuel prices
- Check out our tips on ways to save fuel
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