By: Bill Schammert
It may not be close to the dreaded $4.00 we mark we saw in September, but gas has gone up more than 40-cents in Lincoln, just in the last four weeks. There's no simple answer as to why and it can be quite a shock to the system.
Still, a little smart grocery shopping and the savings can add up quickly.
"I think it's more important than ever, because you just never know," Hy-Vee store director, Rod Burns, said. "Gas could shoot up 10-cents, even 15-cents in a day."
From Hy-Vee to Russ's Market, grocery stores throughout Lincoln have been embracing fuel savings programs for more than a decade.
Store officials with Russ's Market estimate 90-percent of their customers use their rewards program.
"With the economy doing what it's doing and right after the holidays, it's important to reward our customers with cheaper fuel," Russ's Market store director, Chris Piper, said.
"If you use a lot of gas, it's sure worth the trip," Mary Zeller said while saving 10-cents a gallon outside of Russ's Market at 33rd and Highway 2.
But not every program is the same.
Hy-Vee's Fuel Saver program changed in December. It works with only certain purchases that are advertised Fuel Saver specials, but the savings consistently add up. You can use the savings at Hy-Vee, Casey's and some participating Shell stations.
At Russ's Market, you save one-cent per gallon for every $10 purchased, but only up to 49-cents. To use the savings, you have to fill-up at either the 33rd and Highway 2, or Coddington and West A Street locations.
Both programs have a 30-day time limit to use the discount.
"If we can save some money, we sure need to do it because it cost us more on everything else," Robert Howe of Lincoln said.
Other programs in Lincoln include Sam's Club and the new Super-Saver location in Fallbrook that opens on Wednesday.