Don't drive around (waste of gas) use gas buddy or other app on your phone to know where the better prices are .
My daily commute is 100+ miles , I pretty much know what stations are fair and which ones rip you off .
A - Able to get non-ethanol gas with high octane rating
B - Accumulate "credit" from previous purchases that gives me discount per gallon on future purchase (my Mustang is in storage right now but filled up the other car and used my .11 off per gallon discount to get it at 2.87/gal 2 weeks ago - unfortunately I noticed that it is now at 3.25/gal)
I usually don't worry about it that much. There is not that many stations around me, so I don't really have a lot of choices. Obviously it depends on the size of your tank when determining how much you will save, but since the average car fill up is probably around 15 gallons a difference of even 20 cents a gallon is only $3 overall - for me, it's not worth the time to drive around to find the cheapest gas. If you are driving around to shop for gas, you'll probably burn through that $3 savings anyway. It always amazes me when people will drive 20 miles to save 5 cents on a gallon of gas. So you save yourself a total of 65 cents - congratulations, you burned at least a gallon (probably two) to make that round trip. Your lofty goal of saving 65 cents just cost you 6 dollars or more in wasted gas and an hour of your time.
Now if there is a cluster of gas stations, I'll usually go to the cheaper one unless it's a rundown looking place that's not very busy - there's no telling how long the gas has been sitting in the storage tank.
If you have a way of finding the prices ahead of time through a method like a phone app or website and you will be near the gas station with the lowest price, then it makes perfect sense to save a little bit of money.
I agree that it's annoying when stations charge more when you use a credit card. I don't typically carry cash and these days you are going to need anywhere from $50-$125 to fill up a car or truck. I just don't feel like carrying that much cash around, plus I have to go inside the station and wait behind some idiot that is holding up the line for 10 minutes while they play scratch off lottery tickets before I can finally pay for my fuel. Heck, I spent $103 yesterday to fill up my truck, and I still had close to a quarter tank left when I filled up. I'm sure the station is making a heck of a lot more than what the credit card company is charging them for the transaction. I bet they charge more because they figure that they are losing sales inside the store if you pay at the pump - if you go in and pay with cash they are probably counting on you to buy something while you are in the store.
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I don't even look at the price of gas when I pull into a station. I'm going to fill up no matter what.... My dad is obsessed with gas prices and whenever we talk on the phone he asks what prices are here locally. Most of the time I can't answer.
Unless I find myself in a pinch, I fill up on gas sale days when it's 5 cents off or my food market gives fuel discounts at Sunoco depending on how much you spend. I've had it up to $1.10 per gallon discount at times.
Here in town, the grocery store has a gas station. For every $100 worth of stuff you buy, you get a $.10 discount. You can get up to $2.00 off per gallon. At times, when you buy gift cards (Lowes, McDonalds, Subway, Chilis etc) they give you 4 points per dollar. The limit is 35 gallons, so I bought three gas cans so I fillup the car and put the rest in the gas cans and fill my truck with those. My truck has not been to a gas station for a bout a year! Even without the discount, they are the least expensive fuel point in town, and they are the nearest to me, so all the better.
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Figure it this way. If gas at one station is $3.60 a gallon and let's say you're fillup will be 20 gallons at a total of $72.00 at that price. The station across town sells for $3.54 and is let's say is 10 miles away. (does away with "shopping") $1.20 (savings) difference. 1/3 of the cost of 1 gallon. Your car would have to get 30 mpg just to break even. Now lets say your car gets 10 mpg. $3.54 @21 (20 + 1 to get there) = $74.34 or, $2.24 more than simply filling up 20 gallons at $3.60. Penny pinching is an art and should never be confused with common sense. Look at the big picture.
Typically on a Weds or Thursday from 1-4pm it is .05 -.40$ cheaper than on a Monday or Friday. I wait for these times and never go to places that charge more for credit than cash. I also can drive by 7 gas stations in a 2 mile radius. A Sonoco, 711, Hess, BP and then 3 more small local service stations and you can find about a .30 difference between the highest and lowest pricing. On a Wed @ 2pm I can fill up at 3.25 when compared to a friday or monday during rush hour @ 4.10 at the more expensive places.
I don't worry about the price of gas too much. I have to get back and forth to work and my daily driver is a heavily modifided 2005 Mustang GT that will only run on 93 octane. and for that matter both of my 65's are running 93 octane as well.
I think if I worried about gas prices I would not be able to enjoy my toys or life for that matter.
If I'm out and about, and I see a low cost price/gallon, I pull in and fill up whether I need it or not. When prices are high, I drive less and stretch it until prices moderate. When prices are down, I pack up the truck and go away for the weekend.
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