Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    2:22 PM

Message Forum - Read Message

Category: Fuel Economy > Topics Add to favorite topics   Post new topicPost New Topic
Author Topic: Fill strategy Back to Topics
TreasuryGuy

Champion Author
California

Posts:3,040
Points:1,596,215
Joined:Jun 2008
Message Posted: Jan 14, 2011 7:54:18 PM

What do you think of the following fill strategy?

1. When prices are INCREASING, fill up as often as convenient. I don't go out of my way to fill up, but I fill up as often as I can (typically at 3/4 tank or above). Fill up now since tomorrow's price will be higher.

2. When prices are DECREASING, fill up only when the tank is low (typically less than 1/4 tank). Put off filling up as much as possible since tomorrow's price will be cheaper than today's price.

3. When prices are STABLE, fill up only when passing by my preferred low cost station. (Don't waste gas to go find gas.)

Does anyone else follow such a strategy?
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
Profile Pic
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,236
Points:56,205
Joined:Aug 2009
Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 9:14:34 AM

1/3 to 1/2 is better for my driving style. Fuel price changes determine when I top off my tank or tanks. Never have run on empty yet!
Profile Pic
randy3116
Champion Author Tennessee

Posts:1,364
Points:422,145
Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 5:35:18 AM

i fill up at 1/2 tank
Profile Pic
twt
Champion Author Virginia Beach

Posts:12,134
Points:1,437,335
Joined:Mar 2005
Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 3:39:04 AM

I fill, when it reaches a quarter tank.
Profile Pic
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:6,574
Points:1,634,890
Joined:Feb 2009
Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 5:46:23 PM

Geo-political events drove up oil futures huge today. Stay alert.
Profile Pic
amit_myfuture
Rookie Author California

Posts:9
Points:11,910
Joined:Oct 2010
Message Posted: Jun 20, 2014 6:36:40 AM

I do that based on the need.
Profile Pic
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:6,574
Points:1,634,890
Joined:Feb 2009
Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 12:33:20 PM

Prices on the move up, up and up. Gas & oil futures thru the roof. Get 'em filled.
Profile Pic
Mikeyl
Champion Author Cleveland

Posts:7,993
Points:1,619,455
Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: May 11, 2014 9:17:13 PM

Use the GasBuddy Web Site and app... watch for the gas prices to be trending down, and jump on a low price anytime you see one.

Best bet - If there is a story on this site about gas prices going down, you can bet that prices will go up the next day. In Cleveland, we're 32 for 32 so far in 2014 when these stories pop up!
Profile Pic
listerone
Champion Author Boston

Posts:4,974
Points:1,281,630
Joined:Aug 2008
Message Posted: May 5, 2014 7:26:29 PM

I have a diesel so I have to be more aware of my fuel gage than most people.When away from home I always fill up at 1/4 tank.At home I let it go lower.
Profile Pic
hotwire43
Veteran Author Indiana

Posts:376
Points:921,920
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: May 1, 2014 7:28:14 PM

I always wait as long as I can and fill up just before the price goes up. Thanks to Gas Buddy that lets me know when prices are about to go up. With a full tank of gas I can usually ride it out till the price is back down again.
Profile Pic
THEDodgeman
Champion Author Denver

Posts:10,137
Points:2,395,925
Joined:Apr 2005
Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:55:15 PM

fill when its cheaper....ride the motorcycle the rest of the time
Profile Pic
installer
Champion Author San Diego

Posts:2,957
Points:920,935
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: May 1, 2014 4:14:33 PM

Sounds good to me.
Profile Pic
E-Squirrel
Champion Author Orange County

Posts:3,327
Points:912,670
Joined:Feb 2005
Message Posted: May 1, 2014 3:44:20 PM

The savings depend upon the luck of your gas tank level, and your ability to accurately predict price changes, both of which are uncertain for most of us.

Another factor is perhaps more important here. Don't run a low fuel level; you never know when you are going to need the gasoline in your tank. If some natural disaster strikes, and there are continually reports of same throughout the US, you could be stuck with an almost empty tank and no chance to refuel.

Here in southern California, the dominant risk is an earthquake. A strong earthquake will cut off nearly any drive of more than a few miles from one's home, plus, there won't the be electricity needed to operate the pumps in the gas stations. Would you want to be stuck with a tank on empty in such a situation?

Suppose that your wife or teenage daughter had an accident and needs a fast trip to the hospital emergency room? Would you want to stop to get gas for that?

If you are old enough to have some real life experience, you will understand that there are a myriad of reasons why it is smart to never let your tank get below half full. Protecting against these outweighs the few cents that you can save on a gallon of gas. Think about it.


[Edited by: E-Squirrel at 5/1/2014 3:44:43 PM EST]
Profile Pic
buickentury
All-Star Author Madison

Posts:565
Points:406,305
Joined:Feb 2006
Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:39:05 AM

I don't. To me, spending the extra time is just not worth it to save $2-3 over a couple weeks at the very most.
Profile Pic
redfish67
Champion Author Dallas

Posts:1,158
Points:226,750
Joined:Dec 2013
Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:31:41 AM

It depends, I fill up once a week. The rise and fall of gas prices makes a couple of dollars difference either way. Since I drive an F-150, driving 10-15 miles to save a couple of cents per gallon costs me more money than it's worth. I usually plan my gas buying for trips that take me close to the lowest prices in the area.
Profile Pic
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:6,574
Points:1,634,890
Joined:Feb 2009
Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 8:07:48 AM

It is to me, but I am not rich.
Profile Pic
Rob655321
Rookie Author Virginia

Posts:54
Points:181,790
Joined:Jul 2013
Message Posted: Apr 29, 2014 11:02:37 AM

Sometimes people go nuts over a few cents. If you have a 20 gallon tank and the price goes up 5 cents, that's a whole dollar more to fill your tank. Is it really worth it to drive half way across town to save a dollar?
Profile Pic
Sugarshaneo7
Veteran Author Michigan

Posts:282
Points:44,250
Joined:Nov 2011
Message Posted: Apr 29, 2014 10:48:00 AM

nice.
Profile Pic
Les4hdtv
Rookie Author Alabama

Posts:79
Points:6,760
Joined:Jan 2004
Message Posted: Apr 28, 2014 10:50:43 AM

For the next trip to Nebraska in June, I will go between Huntsville to Lincoln Sam's Clubs (880 miles apart) with only one gas stop in the cheap gas price area of central Mo. The Hybrid Camry posts a typical 670 miles as the range on fuel left when it is filled up (17 gal tank and 45 MPG on Interstate at 60 to 65 MPH, while still leaving 2 gal in the tank as reserve. The car Nav calls out the gas prices at each exit based on the shortest distance first between the car and the gas stations.
The cheapest gas today is like 3.31 around Sedilia, Mo according to this site. AlabamaGasPrices make a good site for planning purposes.
Profile Pic
nicolewelker
Rookie Author Tennessee

Posts:5
Points:1,040
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:35:06 AM

I always wait until my gas tank is completely empty even though I know thats bad.
Profile Pic
Bartlettvanman
Sophomore Author Memphis

Posts:115
Points:430,170
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:54:35 AM

I fill up, when the tank is on 1/4 and stop at the first click.
Profile Pic
twt
Champion Author Virginia Beach

Posts:12,134
Points:1,437,335
Joined:Mar 2005
Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 5:39:18 AM

I fill up, when the tank is on 1/4.
Profile Pic
ScottAdams5
Champion Author New York

Posts:1,633
Points:534,460
Joined:Jan 2012
Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1:18:13 AM

Why?
Profile Pic
drgeeforce
Sophomore Author Los Angeles

Posts:230
Points:311,810
Joined:Oct 2011
Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 9:34:28 AM

I fill when prices are low and avoid filling when prices are high. I drive a diesel, so my filling intervals are longer. I bought a diesel caddy so when prices are low I try to get an extra 30gals of low priced fuel. Last time I filled up, I used a $1.00 off per gal at Shell by getting a 5qt. jug of Pennzoil. The code under the cap was plugged into my FRN loyalty card and they allowed 20 gals with $1.00 off resulting in $20.00 savings. Also Vons and Ralph's grocery stores give 10 cents to $3.00 off per gallon depending on how much you spend on food. I get $0.50 off per gallon at Chevron when I don't use my FRN card. I keep a fuel/mileage log and estimating the cost of fuel without loyalty/discounts I save an average of $800 driving 36K mi per year.

[Edited by: drgeeforce at 4/14/2014 9:37:55 AM EST]
Profile Pic
navy1954
Champion Author Alabama

Posts:1,515
Points:188,965
Joined:Aug 2013
Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Agree that this is probably thinking too much. Use better driving habits for cost savings.
Profile Pic
jimmy544
Champion Author Boston

Posts:6,728
Points:1,078,665
Joined:Feb 2011
Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 10:00:37 AM

Not sure if it is worth the bother. Better to concentrate on using less gas.
Profile Pic
dieselpower2014
All-Star Author Atlanta

Posts:597
Points:172,635
Joined:Jan 2014
Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 1:06:11 AM

I have done that
Profile Pic
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:6,574
Points:1,634,890
Joined:Feb 2009
Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 9:56:17 AM

Pinbuster2005 - "it's a waist of time to stop at the gas station every day or two and get $20 worth of gas."

I don't recall recommending stopping at a gas station every day or two. BTW you wear a belt around your "waist" and you waste money paying top dollar for gas.

"Your still spending the same amount of money."

Not if you are aware of what the futures prices are doing on the commodities markets. BTW your and you're sound the same but have different meanings. You can look it up.
Profile Pic
randy3116
Champion Author Tennessee

Posts:1,364
Points:422,145
Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 5:43:38 AM

i fill up at each fuel stop regardless whether the prices are rising or falling
Profile Pic
pinbuster2005
Champion Author New Hampshire

Posts:5,419
Points:1,612,025
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 5:37:11 AM

sneakers55 - "I have better things to do with my life than topping off every day to maybe save a few pennies."

wes03 - "That said, I hope someday to be as rich as you where I don't care how much stuff costs, I just buy it. "

Ok I have to agree with sneakers first of all it's a waist of time to stop at the gas station every day or two and get $20 worth of gas.

Weso3 it's not about being rich. If you stop and think about it are you really saving anything going to the gas station every couple of days? In my case unless I've got to go into town i'm going to lower my fuel economy by either going into my town to stop at the gas station or go into the city I work in to stop at the gas station rather than get right on the highway (55 mph road or better). Granted I will admit by just filling up once a week I have missed price decreases but I would say I've missed just as many price increases. Also really whats the difference going to the gas station 2-3 times a week and getting $20 in gas or just going once a week and getting $40-$60 worth and filling up. Your still spending the same amount of money.
Profile Pic
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:6,574
Points:1,634,890
Joined:Feb 2009
Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 5:52:13 PM

Sneakers55 - You are so correct. Maryland is a tax and spend Democrat controlled state that has basically evolved into a one party rule situation. Huge numbers of the folks here are on entitlements or are government employees and keep voting them in. It's ugly.

That said, I hope someday to be as rich as you where I don't care how much stuff costs, I just buy it.
Profile Pic
Awing1
All-Star Author Ontario

Posts:735
Points:156,510
Joined:Aug 2013
Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 8:51:15 AM

No, I don't follow that strategy.
1. I fill up gas tank in full when it went down to the lowest price because there is a cycle. Every 2 or 3 weeks, it goes down to low prices in Ontario.
2. Or, if I have to fill it up because tank is near empty when prices are high, I just fill small amount (less than 20 L) and wait for low price cycle.
Profile Pic
Sneakers55
Champion Author Houston

Posts:60,613
Points:2,539,340
Joined:Nov 2005
Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 8:43:28 PM

On Mar 29, 2014 7:25:08 PM, WES03 wrote from Maryland:

>Oil and gasoline futures rising at warp speed. More pain at the pump
>coming. Get 'em filled ASAP.

I have better things to do with my life than topping off every day to maybe save a few pennies.

Besides, Maryland is a blue state which means state fuel taxes are what's rising at warp speed.

The area around Johnson Space Center in Houston has had their prices go down over the past several days.
Profile Pic
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:6,574
Points:1,634,890
Joined:Feb 2009
Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 8:25:08 PM

Oil and gasoline futures rising at warp speed. More pain at the pump coming. Get 'em filled ASAP.
Profile Pic
mhradecky
Veteran Author New York

Posts:478
Points:184,080
Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Mar 9, 2014 12:55:35 AM

fill up when near empty.
Profile Pic
mhradecky
Veteran Author New York

Posts:478
Points:184,080
Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Mar 3, 2014 12:11:38 PM

I fill up only when near empty.
Profile Pic
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:6,574
Points:1,634,890
Joined:Feb 2009
Message Posted: Mar 3, 2014 9:29:41 AM

Oil and gasoline futures sky rocketing today due to Ukraine situation. Get 'em filled ASAP.
Profile Pic
luvmyrv
Veteran Author Winnipeg

Posts:441
Points:315,885
Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2014 7:25:55 PM

pretty much follow this strategy as well.
Profile Pic
redfish67
Champion Author Dallas

Posts:1,158
Points:226,750
Joined:Dec 2013
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2014 2:58:12 PM

Usually fill up at half a tank or when driving by a really good price.
Profile Pic
GLM4205
Champion Author Toledo

Posts:5,949
Points:1,199,765
Joined:Dec 2010
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2014 1:58:20 PM

When my gauge drops below 1/2 tank, I look for the best price and fill up then.
Profile Pic
Boyrr
Champion Author Allentown

Posts:16,961
Points:3,599,635
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 6:36:16 AM

works for me
Profile Pic
dassfg
Champion Author Fort Worth

Posts:1,926
Points:927,720
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 8:04:33 AM

My Jetta seldom takes more than 10-12 gallons (500-600 miles). Just fill it up.
Profile Pic
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:6,574
Points:1,634,890
Joined:Feb 2009
Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 7:56:59 AM

Oil & gas futures continue to rocket up. Get 'em filled ASAP. The gas you buy today will be cheaper than what you may buy tomorrow.
Profile Pic
cv
Champion Author Raleigh

Posts:17,347
Points:3,714,780
Joined:Oct 2003
Message Posted: Feb 17, 2014 6:51:51 AM

When my gauge drops below 1/2 tank, I look for the best price and fill up then.
Profile Pic
Boyrr
Champion Author Allentown

Posts:16,961
Points:3,599,635
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 1:32:48 PM

it works for me
Profile Pic
PaylessKY
Champion Author Kentucky

Posts:10,875
Points:2,030,100
Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 9:44:54 AM

My strategy is, when I need gas I fill up.
Profile Pic
Floridaman2013
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:1,943
Points:358,365
Joined:May 2013
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:30:57 AM

I do the same strategy. Makes good sense.
Profile Pic
dassfg
Champion Author Fort Worth

Posts:1,926
Points:927,720
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:22:00 AM

At 10-12 gallons per fill up and 47+ mpg I just fill up each time (diesel)
Profile Pic
05FLHRI
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,733
Points:948,080
Joined:Nov 2011
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 7:28:46 AM

Sounds good to me
Profile Pic
hoopitup2000
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:1,093
Points:308,050
Joined:Jul 2013
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 6:52:39 AM

Don't like to let the tank to get too low in the winter. A low fuel level supposedly increases the chance of extra moisture gathering inside the tank.
Profile Pic
dieselpower2014
All-Star Author Atlanta

Posts:597
Points:172,635
Joined:Jan 2014
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 12:51:51 AM

works for me
Profile Pic
Boyrr
Champion Author Allentown

Posts:16,961
Points:3,599,635
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 4:26:11 PM

Works for me
Post a reply Back to Topics