When you pay for gas with a credit or debit card, the gas station will pre-authorize a larger amount to make sure you can pay to fill your tank. Usually, the hold will be released as soon as you're charged for the amount of gas you actually bought, but sometimes it can take a full day or longer.

Next time, you can tell the gas station attendant the amount of money you want to spend on gas, or enter that amount at the gas pump.

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