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manumaan

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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 4:30:16 PM

Sometimes i am confused. Should i drive to this station which has very low prices, or should i get it from the nearest one?
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 1:01:01 PM

why burn gas to find lower gas prices ?

why put a quarter in the sink to stop a dime ?
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 9:23:20 AM

Check the website before I go.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 8:55:22 PM

GAS Budddy is my trick.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 10:48:08 AM

I either know about the local low prices because of my GasBuddy observations or I check GasBuddy postings.
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jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 9:53:00 AM

Use gas buddy and never buy on the weekend
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 9:49:21 AM

Tricks? There aren't any so called tricks as gas is high everywhere especially when it is between $3-4 dollars per gallon. Pennies literally mean nothing in this scenario.
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Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 9:37:54 AM

If we have over 100 points on Kroger, than we use Kroger otherwise we buy at Sam's Club.
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dfp609
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 8:44:40 AM

I always use GasBuddy to find the best prices.
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jason54915
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 9:25:21 PM

use credit cards that offer cash rebates - last three months I got $38 back from Discover card.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 8:59:33 PM

Check this site and never buy on weekends
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BobBG
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 8:31:15 PM

I look to GB to see what prices are along my route.
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morrongiello
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 7:16:45 PM

go to the station with the lowest pruce
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johnkoza
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 6:26:26 PM

When on a trip I fill up when leaving a low price state and on my return I enter the low price state on as empty as possible.
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Dale Jr.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 12:03:35 PM

Use this site and just see what prices are on your trip.
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GuitarmanMS
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2013 2:08:52 AM

Consolidate trips
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 12:32:12 PM

manuamaaan, if the cheapest station is along your commute/errand route, go for it!

if it's not common sense enough for you to figure it out, then just go to your nearest one to support his higher prices
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NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 11:43:48 AM

Use your Fas Gas accumulated 3 cents when prices are lowest.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 9:10:34 AM

My Mapco, Kroger and Exxon/Mobil cards and this web site.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 9:08:34 AM

The gas buddy website, and 5 minutes of planning give me the best options
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lwood655
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 8:39:20 AM

I don't have any
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Maintroll
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2013 9:41:51 AM

Buy it at the cheapest station directly on your route, any other variance and you are totally defeating your purpose for saving any money.
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dfp609
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2013 5:34:42 PM

First of all I check my GasBuddy app on my phone. Then I try to fuel up at the lowest station between me and my destination.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 9:49:06 PM

I will fill up at a low priced station if it is on my way. Most of the time you will not save anything by going out of your way to fill up "cheap" if you figure how much time spent getting there and extra miles put on.
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herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:15:06 AM

Seeing as how all the stations in each town here have the same price, I can only do things like put just enough gas in to get me to the next town with a cheaper price if I', travelling
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estroh
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:08:20 AM

Watch gas futures on CNBC. No trick to this one. My local stations typically run 60 cents above the RBOB price so get it early if RBOB on its way up. Get gas later if RBOB is on its way down.
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 11:53:51 PM

The easiest way is to figure out how much it costs to drive per mile in your car. Figure out the savings for a given station for the amount of gas you're getting and compare how much it costs to drive there.

If I'm getting 36 gallons of fuel, I'll drive the extra mile. If I'm only getting 1 gallon for my lawnmower, I just go anywhere close
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FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 6:36:06 PM

evpv and gasbuddy have good answers in driving less and calculating if running to a station results in any savings. I save big money by filling up with E85 when the spread is great; for example my last fill was for $2.70/g while regular was $3.69/g! And then a few miles down the road E85 was $2.43! Why doesn't GasBuddy have a place to report E85 prices? HUH? WHY?
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forresj
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 3:51:39 PM

Check "Gas Buddy" for prices and plan your errands so that you'll be near the gas station with the cheapest price.
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CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 9:21:54 PM

I don't always fill at the lowest price
there is no point driving 10 miles to save a nickle
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Lambang
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 8:55:59 PM

Always check with gas buddy before hitting the road.
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 7:49:59 PM

why waste money to save a penny across town- cost you more to get there than you save and more wear & tare on the vehicle.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 7:25:39 PM

Take the price difference between what the two stations, the higher priced station near you and the lower priced station you have to drive to.

Figure out how many gallons you'll buy and multiply the cents per gallon difference by the number of gallons you expect to buy. For example, the farther away station is 12 cents a gallon less expensive than the station near you.

Then determine how much it will cost you to drive to the "cheaper station" and get back to your home or back to the road to continue your trip. If the lower priced station saves you money, even by driving out of your way, then choose if you want to drive out of your way or not.

For example, if the 12 cents per gallon cheaper station is three miles away, and then you have to drive three miles to get back, and you get 18 miles to the gallon, you're using a third of a gallon of gas going to and back from the cheaper gas station. (Six miles driving, 18 miles to the gallon, you're using 6/18ths of a gallon, or one third of a gallon.)
If the gas station next to you charges $3.60 a gallon and you'll buy 10 gallons, it would cost you $36.00 to fill up. If you drive to the other gas station, to buy 10 gallons of gas, it would cost you $34.80, meaning you'd save $1.20 by buying gas farther away. But, you're using one-third of a gallon of gas, meaning you're spending one-third of $3.48, or $1.16.

So by driving out of your way you're saving $1.20 on 10 gallons of gas, but you're using $1.16 worth of gas to "save money", meaning you're only saving 4 cents by driving out of your way, plus your time to drive out of your way (forgetting those that will tell you wear & tear on your car, etc.)

You have to decide how much your time is worth but for 4 cents, it's probably not worth driving out of your way to save a few cents. Many here will tell you that you should support the lowest priced station regardless of how far away it is because you get your point across That, to me, defeats the whole purpose of trying to save money plus no one knows you're supporting the lower priced station but you, so what's the point.

Also, and it will sound cynical, as maxstar said, posting prices helps your fellow Gas Buddy members be better informed about where to shop (or where not to shop), and they can be smarter shoppers. The more you post, the more information you provide, possibly informing them of stations literally "around the corner" or on a side road they wouldn't otherwise know about. In more than 4 years of membership, you've posted about one gas price every four days, or what some members post in three months. Simply posting one price a day, or two prices (for one gas station) every other day would provide a lot more information to help your fellow members. Just knowing where to shop is sometimes better than driving out of the way "to save money". Just my opinion.
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EvPv
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:45:46 PM

using less gas lowers the effective pump price.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:34:36 PM

Well one trick is for all members of gasbuddy do their part and update gas prices because complete and current information makes it easier to find lower prices.
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AFOS
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:21:48 PM

Buy at low end of the Speedway price cycle. Works in those Midwestern states where Speedway drives prices.
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wbacon
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:00:44 PM

I use my AAA VISA card where I get a 3% discount for gas at my Discount SAms club gas station
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