Two Easy Ways to "Reimburse" Yourself at the Pump This Holiday Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is about to kick off, but the buzz surrounding the holiday is different than usual.

In the past, most people packed their bags for a long weekend getaway, but now, many are wondering if that short trip is even worth the gas money...

As you've probably noticed, it costs a little more at the pump than it did a month ago...

As of Monday, the national average for a gallon of gas was sitting at $2.92 - and that's expected to go up at the start of the holiday weekend.

But that doesn't mean you have to cancel your plans and spend the weekend binge-watching Netflix...

You see, there's an easy way for you to "reimburse" yourself at the pump. Two, actually...

Here's What's Going on with Oil Prices

Back in February, I predicted that oil would take off on a bullish run based on a strong seasonal pattern the Money Calendar was showing.  And that pattern revealed that when the oil market was crashing, it typically moves higher between mid-February and mid-July.

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Fast forward to now and oil prices are surging, with no signs of slowing down - just like my Money Calendar predicted.

Now, you've probably seen things like oil moving as high as $100 per barrel - and the truth is, I don't think it will stop there. Both Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries have been flirting with production cut extensions into mid-2019. Back in April, the cuts marked a record number of months in which they adhered to the cuts, which was five months in a row. That means oil prices could go even higher.

And with the holiday weekend right around the corner, it's a guarantee that oil will see a short-term bump in price.

But that doesn't mean you can't "reimburse" yourself...

Two Ways to Pad Your Pockets at the Pump

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1. Long Call

Long calls are options with expirations three months out or more. The great thing about long calls is that they give you time - which is important when it comes to trading options. You'll want to choose a strike price you believe the S&P 500 Energy Sector SPDR (XLE) will exceed. That way the value of your option will increase faster since it's in the money.

2. Bull Call Spread

A bull call spread is an even cheaper way to play XLE while using options.  A bull call spread is a strategy that involves purchasing call options at a specific strike price while also selling the same number of calls of the same asset and expiration date but at a higher strike. This allows you to get into a trade with a much lower risk.

But regardless of what you choose, I wouldn't buy any options that expire before mid-July. This gives the position time to mature, so you can reap the full benefits of this lucrative pattern.

XLE is currently trading at its 52-week high, so you could consider strikes that match it, say the $75 or $80 strikes expiring in September.

You don't have to hold your position all the way to expiration. You can close them at any time. If you get a nice gain you are happy with - take your money and run.

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Tom Gentile, options trading specialist for Money Map Press, is widely known as America's No. 1 Pattern Trader thanks to his nearly 30 years of experience spotting lucrative patterns in options trading. Tom has taught over 300,000 traders his option trading secrets in a variety of settings, including seminars and workshops. He's also a bestselling author of eight books and training courses.

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