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mybigtruck

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:45:39 AM

Why not just fill the tank completely and save the hassle and waste of gas and time to fill it 4-5 times more often?
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Camry05
All-Star Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 10:52:54 PM

to take advantage of falling prices
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Philo_Gray
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 9:54:02 PM

Put in enough to time my travel to get to empty and then fill up just before a price spike.
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DLL66
Veteran Author Nashville

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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 9:33:46 PM

Sometimes $10 fills up my motorcycle to top off before a trip!
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CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 8:57:59 PM

why does it matter what someone else does ?

I guess i could ask why would you fill it up ? and tie all that money up in gas , waste more gas lugging all that gas around , then if the price drops , you lost money !!!!!
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NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 6:16:57 PM

Likely pinched for cash at the time.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 10:36:51 PM

when prices r going down, I buy $5.00 at a time.
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driver61OR
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:37:22 PM

If that's all the cash you got, that's all you can put in. Gee....I wish I had enough money to fill-up my tank, like YOU probably have, "mybigtruck"!!
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Madridjoe
Veteran Author Lancaster

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:27:22 PM

i would think it is usually what they can afford, either that or the tank leaks if they put more gas in...
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:10:04 PM

I always do that when it looks like prices are on the way down.
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kboykool
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 6:37:37 PM

GuitarmanMS, if they had any benjamins, they could put in more than a Lincoln or a Hamilton!
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TomB2
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 1:32:47 PM

Some people just can't afford to fill their tank.
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GuitarmanMS
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 1:17:59 AM

Sometimes u gotta do what the benjamins say
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waynecz
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 12:43:26 AM

some people only have that much money at any given time
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dfp609
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 2:37:19 PM

It is either because they lack the necessary funds or maybe they just like to stop a lot (lol).
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jcpatriots
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 2:35:28 PM

It's called lack of money.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 9:32:19 AM

Because they are low in funds.....

Most people do this practice until it is pay day.....

[Edited by: contiki at 10/29/2013 9:33:26 AM EST]
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NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2013 11:09:20 PM

Not everyone has the cash to fill up every time.
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kboykool
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2013 8:01:17 PM

Just filled up for $10 on Saturday. Yes, I said filled up. We had a full tank when we left home to run errands. There was a station (with rewards) that was vastly cheaper than near our home. Since we were driving the Civic, we had only burned about 3 gallons so $10 barely fit.
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nraacct
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 1:50:14 PM

Not all gas stations accept credit or debit cards, especially the small independent stations. These same stations often have the cheapest gas in the area. Since people have been conditioned to depend on plastic and not carry much cash on them, a $5 or $10 but most likely a $20 may be all they have on them (especially if payday is still a few days away).
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kboykool
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 12:42:55 PM

dangasman, you mean like a government shutdown?
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dangasman
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 12:36:52 PM

lack of funding!
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kboykool
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 12:30:03 PM

I just put in $10 a moment ago. The station near work is $3.489 where I filled up. It is $3.239 near home, but didn't have time to get gas on my way into work. I will fill up there tonight. I think 25 cents per gallon is worthwhile.
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catladyNM
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:46:29 PM

Maybe at the time that was all that they could spare for gas.
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wbacon
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 5:05:16 AM

Must be a way of thinking that they are spending less on gas
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jcpatriots
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 4:01:06 AM

Because sone of us don't have the money to do that?
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WES03
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2013 9:18:14 AM

Because prices are falling, thus the gas they buy tomorrow will be cheaper than that of today.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2013 10:25:11 AM

Because thats all my motorcycle holds.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2013 10:14:03 AM

These are the ones that need more money for their stash.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2013 10:13:11 AM

Because the can only afford that much on that day.
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BBF_PFS
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2013 9:56:45 AM

Because that's all they have.
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2013 9:55:17 AM

Thats a very good question.
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nichols
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2013 9:24:10 AM

all they can afford
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stonejd
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 11:31:55 PM

Find it cheaper down the road
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gus8441
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 11:08:30 PM

bc there poor
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kboykool
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 10:18:43 PM

Good one. I would have said geese, but they are way too messy.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 8:00:54 PM

::::::Stop wasting gas on mowing your lawn! Buy a goat! :::::::


ARe you nuts? In just about every town the illegals would steal the goat and eat it. My friend had a pet duck, (Stanley) . Stanley was stolen out of his locked cage one night. Lock was cut. Poor Stanley wound up in some illegal border jumper's roasting pan....

A goat? Thats a delicacy to an illegal. Wouldn't last a week before winding up in the stew pot.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 5:25:46 PM

My 7 year 60,000 mile average fill in Prius has been 6.4 gallons for what is claimed to be an 11.9 gallon tank. So on average i stop for gas every 330 miles. Thats longer than most go between fills.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 5:01:31 PM


prices change so often,
if i can save a few cents, why not?
Limited funds. retired
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46chief
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:45:28 PM

I've always figured they can't afford more than that at a time.
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TomB2
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:22:24 PM

Some people don't haver the money for a full tank of gas.
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kboykool
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 12:47:44 PM

Stop wasting gas on mowing your lawn! Buy a goat! There was a news story recently about Detroit considering this option. I'd post it, but with all the flack someone is getting over posting the Pittsburgh Pirates "news" I'll let someone else do that.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:14:52 AM

I just have a basic lawnmower. I use 1/2 gallon of gas all summer.
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oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:12:21 PM

Hemond...I need a lawnmower like yours (a cup of gas)
My weed eater holds more gas than that...
LMAO
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sheba24
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:39:57 AM

Don't know. Will not get you far.
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cujo1977
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:37:20 AM

NO $
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:20:02 AM

Looks like I need to cut the grass one last time this year. But no gas in the can. Looks like I'll have to buy maybe 1 cup of gas. Maybe 50cents worth.

Will some GB poster see the 50cents on the pump? Will he then post "Why do people buy 50cents of gas?"
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TriniB
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:04:52 AM

That much will do to take me to the next price drop.
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kboykool
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 10:57:34 PM

Considering that my wife's route to work features significantly higher gas prices than mine (typically), in my case it's not the INABILITY to manage money, but quite the opposite. On days when she's not working, I'll take her car and fill it. If she needs gas in the interim, she'll put in just enough to get it to me to drive and fill up. Do that enough over the course of the year on a 22 gallon tank and yeah, it makes a big difference.
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lwood655
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:20:46 PM

probably that all they havr
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valby
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 7:32:56 AM

It's still called a free country.
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RadarIN
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 7:01:22 AM

That's all the money that they have at the time.
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