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Bands On The Road – Must Have Apps “Gasbuddy”
Being on the road playing show after show in town after town is expensive. Most venues & agents don’t realize the total cost for showing up at their place to play. Musicians need all the resources they can to trim those inevitable road costs. One of the largest expenses for a band in a van is fuel. The national average at the time of this article is $2.82 per gallon. It doesn’t take long to accrue an extra $50 to $100 on the total cost of just getting to a show. Musicians need a friend to help out.
You need GasBuddy! I am on the road months out of the year and can easily spend hundreds of dollars a week on gas. Every cent counts when you’re on a budget trying to get from place to place. In it’s simplest form Gasbuddy is an app for you phone ( iphone or android) that tracks gas prices. But it does more than that. Gasbuddy offers a Trip Cost Calculator, a live gas price map, Local gas prices and more. Anytime I am planning a trip I grab my phone and start plotting out my gas stops in the gasbuddy app. It shows me the prices of gas in whatever town I’m in. It’s great for planning a short tour and with a little work ahead of time you can plot out where your stops should be according to where the best gas prices are. I have saved over 30 cents a gallon more than once by checking the app and simply driving to the next exit. So grab your phone, download Gasbuddy and start saving you band some money!
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