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Proofreader
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:31:00 AM

I have, for decades now. I get laughed at by those who think saving 20 cents on a fill-up is crazy, but it works. Over the years, I know I've saved several hundred dollars. It all adds up.
Luckily, we have an early warning system here in OS, because PetCan and UPI are always first to increase their prices, so I make a dash for a lower-priced station,

I'm actually going out shortly, since I'm down to half a tank, to beat the Saturday morning increase, mainly because US crude went up close to $2.00/barrel and our stations usually follow that trend.
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Mr1lung
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:16:54 PM

no
Dennis783
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:50:04 AM

watch the trend in prices ob GB
Karisholman
Veteran Author Nevada

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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:18:05 PM

It's a gamble. I try to find the best prices through gas buddys and if I find a low price and others are going up, I will fill up even if I don't need to. Most of the times, we fill up just under half a tank. We live in a cold weather climate and it isn't wise to let the fuel level get low
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:23:12 PM

no
outlaw329
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:31:14 PM

No
TXBruin
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 9:26:18 AM

no
swampudlian
Champion Author Delaware

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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 10:00:46 AM

Unfortunately, in my area, most of the stations that had previously been pretty reliable predictors as "early risers" (their price would go up before everyone else's) have closed down. There was also a gas station that was constantly behind everyone else... I would never go there when gas prices were coming down (they would have a price that had been competitive 3-4 days before, hadn't come down yet), but I would always go there when gas prices were going up (also had a price that had been competitive 3-4 days prior, hadn't come up yet). Unfortunately, that station is also closed. Now, I just tend to drive until the tank is near-empty, and fill up. Playing the "guess when prices are gonna go up" just doesn't have much value given the current situation.
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 7:05:25 AM

Yes
IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 7:05:24 AM

Yes
IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 7:05:22 AM

Yes
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 7:05:18 AM

Yes
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 7:05:18 AM

Yes
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 4:05:17 AM

I do try to notice when I think gas is about to go up and keep my tank filled.
jonjon57
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 10:08:24 PM

No
Snowchoux
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 10:50:22 AM

Nope
dgsteven
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 3:14:34 AM

never
Alien6500
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 8:27:09 AM

no
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 8:20:59 AM

Better things to do
WEDDY
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 12:06:02 AM

No
jonjon57
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 9:28:13 PM

No
diesdown
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:46:39 PM

No...
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 7:41:43 AM

Loyal to a brand QT for me
RRBC
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 7:33:03 PM

yes
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 4:43:45 PM

no
1007
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:30:33 PM

I watch it every day
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 6:39:55 AM

Yes
ihuey99
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:57:30 AM

Drive til I need gas, then pop open gasbuddy mobile and find the cheapest price around :)
cmmattia
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:11:31 AM

no :)P
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:16:07 PM

no
installer
Champion Author San Diego

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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 5:48:04 PM

No, buy it when i need it, search locals preferring to buy when doing other errands.
13Octane
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 5:16:29 PM

dont know what you mean. i buy when i need it and i dont drive all over town. if you do the math, even saving 20cents a gallon on 20 gallons to travel 15 miles there and back dont make cents... not to mention additional wear and tear on the car and you.
IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 9:35:09 AM

No
WES03
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 9:09:56 AM

Watching the commodity futures takes most, but not all, of the guesswork out of the equation.
Banjoe
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 7:21:58 AM

Proofreader - everybody needs a hobby and it sounds like your's is not only a bit of fun but actually saves money.

Way to go!
LauraLea5
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 6:47:59 AM

yes!
DoctorOH
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 12:35:11 AM

No
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 8:10:30 AM

Most days
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 8:10:10 AM

Yes
skidsteer85xt
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:36:39 PM

i try to fillup on mondays ours goes up on tuesdays
OceanArcher
Champion Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:12:40 AM

Nope -- I see the prices and I report them. That's enough for me
russells350
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 7:43:36 AM

no
MertieMan
Champion Author Lexington

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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:29:53 AM

Believe me, it is very minimal in what you save with these so called discounts.
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:54:33 AM

Nope...
rjro
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:13:33 AM

I keep track of gas prices daily. It is especially interesting near holidays.
WEPSMAN
Champion Author South Dakota

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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:01:00 AM

If I see it going up, I will fill up.
jes
Champion Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2012 5:09:12 AM

Nope. If I need gas, I get it.
gvan
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:33:32 PM

I use GasBuddy to get the lowest local price. I don't have to "Guess the Price."
AFMichael
Rookie Author Tampa

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 9:58:31 AM

No. I simply fuel up only at Shell gas stations close by. I also don't fill up until I am close to empty. Less overall weight yields slightly higher MPGs. Albeit, it isn't much but every bit helps.
PatAZ
Champion Author Tucson

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 9:34:14 AM

No, I gas up when I need to.
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:36:36 AM

I sometimes anticipate and fill up, but much of the time, I'm too busy.
ggg452
Champion Author Manitoba

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:06:03 AM

The real power lies in the wallets of all consumers who need remain watchful of pricing options...Just like Proofreader.
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