Clark Howard: Walmart cards cut the cost of gas

Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Listen to Clark's live radio show 1-3 p.m. weekdays on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Listen to Clark's live radio show 1-3 p.m. weekdays on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

If you are looking to save money on gas, the nation’s largest retailer has an offer for you in nearly two dozen states.

The cost of gas at wholesale is dropping after a run-up in price leading up to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac. There has been no damage to drilling rigs or refineries in the Gulf Coast area to speak of. So day by day, more production is coming back online. Of course, the price at retail always lags behind wholesale, but the overall fears about Isaac running up gas prices across the nation didn’t play out.

Now Walmart has come out with a promotion offering a discount of 15 cents per gallon through Dec. 24. You simply fill up at any Walmart gas station and, if you use a Walmart money card or credit card, the discount will be automatically applied.

If you want to use a Walmart gift card instead.  you’ll still get a discount of 10 cents per gallon.

Along with Georgia, find participating locations in Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, North Carolina, New Mexico, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, and Arkansas, among others.

Florida and Alabama are also “participating states,” but the discount may not be as much, per laws in those states.

Find more answers to your consumer questions at Clark’s website. And get more savings tips from Clark’s previous blog posts.

– Clark Howard — Save More, Spend Less, Avoid Rip-offs — for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

15 comments Add your comment

MANGLER

September 20th, 2012
2:23 pm

If there is as much lead in WalMarts gas as there is in their imported kids toys, there will be a boom in cars pulling into the WalMart auto centers. Hmm.

MacThaKnife

September 20th, 2012
3:30 pm

There are fees associated with their credit cards. Offsets the benefit of a temporary discount.

crackbaby

September 20th, 2012
3:37 pm

Does this discount apply at Sam’s Club gas stations?

cutting gas costs?

September 20th, 2012
4:14 pm

“Clark on cutting gas costs” – um, one discount does not make cutting gas costs. Kroger card holders save 3 centes a gallon each time at their gas stations and even more when you spend more money at the store. If you sign up for their credit card, you save 25 cents a gallon for the first 3 months. I’m sure there are other discounts from other gas stations as well.

LoSupreme

September 20th, 2012
4:20 pm

Read the article again. If you just use a WalMart gift card you will save 10 cents per gallon. That easily beats the Kroger card and you don’t have to buy anything to get the deal. Just load money on the card and walk out to the gas station.

read the article

September 20th, 2012
4:32 pm

I did read the article. I’m not saying the WalMart deal is not good, I’m making the point that on AJC’s home page, it said “Clark on cutting gas costs” and the WalMart is one of many ways to save money.

cost saver

September 20th, 2012
4:37 pm

mac their are NO FEES when buyibg gas on a Walmart card unless you don’t pay the bill in full each month

CASH SAVER

September 20th, 2012
4:40 pm

Hey MacThaKnife — NO FEES on Walmart credit card when you pay in full each month.

chc4

September 20th, 2012
4:41 pm

But wait… Barack says all we need to do is keep our tires inflated to save on gas! lol

Anita

September 20th, 2012
4:48 pm

@chc4,Keeping your tires inflated correctly does help so get a life!

chc4

September 20th, 2012
5:09 pm

@Anita — spare me. So does going 30mph all the time. Neither is even close to a real solution in today’s world.

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Dum-Bass

September 20th, 2012
7:58 pm

This guy has zero credibility. I have heard numerous people complain about his advice. Have heard him say some really stupid things on CNN. If you want good financial advice listen to Dave Ramsey. I’m out of debt right now thanks to him. He knows his stuff. This guy, CH, is clueless!

Dum-Bass

September 20th, 2012
8:01 pm

Only problem with Kroger is that their prices are so high you really don’t save any money on gas!

Steve-USA "None of the Above"

September 20th, 2012
9:49 pm

I have tried to listen to Dave Ramsey but he is really a distasteful person. He is also very judgmental for a guy who declared Bankruptcy.