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Old 02-12-2007, 10:46 AM   #21
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Arco's tick me off because I cant use my 5% off gas mastercard, and they charge a 50c atm surcharge fee for using a debit card, which makes their gas more expensive than other stations once you factor that in. At least here in CA they do...
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Re: Just curious--who here pays attention to gas prices?
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We always try to fill up at the cheapest place along the normal route. When traveling, we keep our eyes open for signs along the highway, since prices can wildly flucutate. If we are at 1/4 of a tank or so, we stop when the price looks relatively good.

We do not drive out of our way. To do so, often uses more gas than you save in pennies.
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I watch it daily but only because I pass 6 stations on my commute and it helps pass the time. I can travel a half mile off my route into town and save 3 to 4 cents a gallon.
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Re: Just curious--who here pays attention to gas prices?

My fills are so far apart I can time it against wholesale gas prices...if I see that they're on the way up, I get out and top off that day. If they're on the way down, I wait a while.
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Re: Just curious--who here pays attention to gas prices?

Hey last fill up was 74 gals of Diesel - came out to a little over $170. Not bad - usually the bill is closer to $200, although we usually buy more fuel for that amount.

At 700 to 900 miles between fill ups, we have plenty of time to scout out truck stops offering good prices.

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I hadn't even thought of that! Thanks for the idea!

Is there a website you watch, or you just keep an eye out at the local gas stations whenever you drive by?

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My fills are so far apart I can time it against wholesale gas prices...if I see that they're on the way up, I get out and top off that day. If they're on the way down, I wait a while.
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Re: Just curious--who here pays attention to gas prices?

cnbc's ticker on oil and wholesale gas prices.
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Arco's tick me off because I cant use my 5% off gas mastercard, and they charge a 50c atm surcharge fee for using a debit card, which makes their gas more expensive than other stations once you factor that in. At least here in CA they do...
Yeah . . . same thing in AZ. I avoid them and use my 5% off credit card to same money.
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I watch both the price of a gallon of gas and the price of a barrel of oil. It really irked me when the price of a barrel went down the end of December and stayed low until very recently. The price of gas went down a couple of weeks ago. On the good side it took the gas stations longer to raise the price of gas than normal.
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I hadn't even thought of that! Thanks for the idea!

Is there a website you watch, or you just keep an eye out at the local gas stations whenever you drive by?
Try this one

http://www.gasbuddy.com/gb_gastemperaturemap.aspx
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We spend about $300 a month on gas, it's definitely on our radar, but the fluctuation between $2.00 and $3.00 just doesn't change the number enough to make tracking 10 cent changes worth it. From month to month the change might be $30 bucks due to gas prices.
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Re: Just curious--who here pays attention to gas prices?

Did you also know that if you live in a very hot climate, that you should buy gas in the morning rather than late in the day or evening? Gas expands when it heats, so you might get more by buying it in the morning when its coolest...IIRC 90 degree gas is 2% higher in volume than 60 degree gas.
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Did you also know that if you live in a very hot climate, that you should buy gas in the morning rather than late in the day or evening? Gas expands when it heats, so you might get more by buying it in the morning when its coolest...IIRC 90 degree gas is 2% higher in volume than 60 degree gas.
Now that you mention it...

"After decades of debate, the National Conference of Weights and Measures will vote on allowing temperature-adjusted fuel to be sold at retail pumps in the United States."

"...If temperature adjustment is approved at the national conference’s annual meeting in July, states could begin adopting a model code as early as next year, changing the way retail gasoline and diesel is sold across the country."

"...The Kansas City Star, in a series of stories beginning in August, explored the effects of “hot fuel” — when the fuel temperatures rise above the industry standard of 60 degrees. The industry and regulators agreed to the 60-degree standard nearly a century ago, even though it is virtually unknown to the average consumer."

"...Drawing on a nationwide database of retail gasoline and diesel fuel storage tanks, The Star reported that the average nationwide, year-round temperature of fuel was 64.7 degrees, above the industry standard. At current prices, that means consumers are spending about $1.7 billion more on fuel annually than they otherwise would if the energy content of fuel met the standard."


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I make some effort to purchase at the cheapest gas station since I believe in rewarding merchants with the most attractive prices. If everyone would do so, creating a more elastic demand curve for an individual station, dealers might be more inclined to inch prices down to drive up volume.
I agree. BTW, for the ones that fill up every couple of months or so.........what do you do for fun? I can't imagine staying home all the time. Maybe you are riding a bicycle or something. Just curious.
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Now that you mention it...
I did a little more reading too. Seems that with the new double-storage tanks and 12 foot depth of the tank, fuel delivered via a truck thats been out in the sun for a while might be in excess of the 90 degree level I mentioned above, and due to the great insulating characteristics of the tank, might remain at that temp for some time.

So dont buy gas from someone who has had a late day delivery when its over 100 out...
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I still look for the most inexpensive fuel but I really have to wonder why. I've made so much profit from my energy investments that I could buy $4 gas for the next 20 years and it would not be a problem.

I know the investments can go down but hey, I'll be able to get cheap gas again.
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I drive more than I like. Nearly 82 k on my '04 Prius (partly b/c, aside from my solo driving, DW and I nearly always take it on trips or to see family cross state instead of her 21mpg Lexus. I would like to see gas go to 5 dollars a gallon so that everyone would get serious about a new energy economy. But I fear what that would mean in terms of short term solutions like strip mining more coal. The Vanguard energy fund seems to be up when gas prices are and it is my cynical out.
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congress could quickly accomodate you ... but i doubt the effect would be as envisioned.
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The inflation slam WOULD be a bit displeasing...wouldn't it...
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The inflation slam WOULD be a bit displeasing...wouldn't it...
Not as soon as the efficiencies that we are technologically capable of kicked in. The kick up I proposed is probably less than the inflationary force of rising med costs and the imminent landslide of med/insurance costs associated with boomers sufffering from metabolic issues (type II diabetes, obesity, treatable coranary issues, the need for new knees and hips) and the load that will put on "the system." The docs and hospitals have such a strangle hold through lobbying that they will continue to perch at the top of the income heap and the price of poker for us ER folks (aka boomers) will keep going up.
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