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The price of gasoline may seem a surefire formula for a summer spent in the backyard. But these strategies are effective in saving at the pump:

Check online.

Sites that pinpoint where to buy cheap gas include gaspricewatch.com and gasbuddy.com. Both let you search using geographic location, zip codes and other parameters. Gasbuddy.com also has an app for your cell phone.

Do your math.

The cheapest price doesn't mean the best price if you have to drive out of your way to get it. Gary Foreman of Dollar Stretcher (stretcher.com) suggests calculating how much you spend per mile driven by dividing mileage by price per gallon (a GPS will do this for you). Then, make sure savings are worth the trip.

Pay cash.

Look for gas stations with cash discounts.

Go independent.

Stations not affiliated with major chains can be less expensive, because they buy from many sources.

Check your tire pressure.

Check tire pressure at least monthly. Estimates hold that tires as little as 3 psi (pound per square inch) lower than recommended levels burn 1% more fuel than properly inflated tires.

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