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GasBuddy app: Saving on gas prices no matter where you go

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Chicago can't seem to catch a break. First there was the snowstorm with approximately 10 inches of snow during the first week of January. Then there were freezing temperatures of 13 degrees below zero (with a wind chill factor of 34 to 37 degrees below zero). Now CBS Chicago is reporting the weather created a gas shortage in some areas, but at least the Smartphone app GasBuddy can help drivers.

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Hawaii used to top all other U.S. states when it came to gas prices, but Chicago was not to be outdone. In 2012, the Windy City topped the islands for highest gas prices in the nation. Traveling sites, such as Mapquest, give tips on low gas prices, but GasBuddy does something a little different.

This app gives gas prices in real time and not just by computer. Real people are typing in the gas prices and literally being buddies to each other, giving other drivers the scoop on where the best deals are. Check out the gallery (above) to find out why GasBuddy is a useful app for economical driving.

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