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Mr. Brett

8/1/2018 10:12:42 PM
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Ripped Off At The Pumps

Thought I'd come on here and see what people's thoughts are.  
I have encountered a number of people, through work relations, or even around the office, or just small talk with who knows who, and I've heard something along these lines: "Yeah, well, the price of gas went up, I paid so much more this time. But what do you do? I needed it, so I guess I have to pay". And what gets me is, so many people figure that if they're gas tank isn't empty, or basically empty, "why get gas? I still have some".  
Hello! Keep her topped up. Use the gas you use, but when you notice it's down, or think/have heard it might be going up, get some. It doesn't matter if you "still got half a tank", get some. In the long run, you save money. Sure, you're still burning the same amount, maybe you get $20.00 at a time.  
EXAMPLE: $20.00 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, that's you right? Well, even though it's only Wednesday, and you always get it on Thursday, if you saw somewhere that's gone up, but some other place has not, GET GAS. You're $20.00 is now getting you more of what you were going to need anyway.  
So if you're money for gas is suddenly gone more often, maybe consider always getting gas no matter the amount needed to fill, as in the long run, every time you catch it at let's say $1.19/L., versus the odd spike to $1.25/L., you're saving right there 6 cents on what you were already most likely needing that day or 2 earlier...  
 
Folks?  
 
Edited by Mr. Brett, 2018-08-01 22:14:48

RC123

8/1/2018 10:28:49 PM
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Jan 2014
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ummmm

And all that extra driving around just to top up my tank to save 6 cents makes sense?

Mr. Brett

8/1/2018 10:32:33 PM
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Jul 2018
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Hmmm

It occurs to me: maybe I'm not as clear in my typing as it is in my head.  
In no way did I imply driving all over for a couple bucks, no that's stupid.  
But if the driving is essentially the same, ergo, passing the station(s) every day to work, then, yes, for sure, do it

RC123

8/1/2018 10:37:56 PM
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Jan 2014
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well

Not everyone passes a gas station on the way to work. If it’s convenient then yes by all means but for us we have to make an effort to go get gas so we only fill when close to empty or when near the Coop. The price is the price

JessieJay

8/1/2018 10:40:32 PM
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Mar 2016
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What do I think?

Worry about your own tank and never mind when anyone else fills theirs!!! If they want to complain about the cost, so what. You complain about how they don't top up their tank, so...

fargobob

8/1/2018 10:42:28 PM
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!!

If the price goes up 6 cents a litre I'd save about $4.00 on a full fill. That''s a lot of running around to save $4.00 on a tank of gas that usually lasts more than two weeks.  
 
If I spend an extra half hour at work in those two weeks I would earn enough to buy that higher priced gas and maybe a couple of beers for me and some friends.  
 
Edited by fargobob, 2018-08-01 22:44:03

just the dude

8/2/2018 12:09:47 AM
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Jun 2011
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Mr.Brett

I agree with you.  
 
Make an extra stop and put in something. Leaving the gas tank of your vehicle close to empty can lead to future mechanical failure and unwanted costs of repair.  
 
GASBUDDY.COM will give insite of prices.  
 
It is what it is.

Nola

8/2/2018 12:41:50 AM
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Mar 2014
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just the dude

Wondering how that would lead to mechanical failure?

SDJ

8/2/2018 6:39:27 AM
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Nov 2010
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Fuel pump

With most vehicles having the fuel pumps in the tank now I was told once that it''s the fuel that keeps them cool so if you''re running on empty all the time it can lead to premature fuel pump failure. And about fueling up I used to get mad years ago when I was younger and my father told me the top half cost the same as the bottom half so you might as well keep it full which is true  
 
Edited by SDJ, 2018-08-02 06:42:20

don brown

8/2/2018 7:02:45 AM
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Aug 2010
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Lol

Gas prices move up and they also move down, usually our memories focus on the prices going up, and yet seasonally they do go down as well. Reason for mentioning this is if you are in the up trend filling every day might save a bit, but what happens when prices top out and start to head lower, if you continue to fill every day or two, any savings on the way up are lost on the way down, I think it's sort of dollar cost averaging, but as far as I can figure it really doesn't make much of a saving, unless you are a very rare individual that can pick market tops and bottoms.

RichardL

8/2/2018 7:50:08 AM
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Aug 2012
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lol

Yes because saving .40-3.50$ is crucial enough to write a post about... I like the post about spending that extra time at work it was so true and funny. And at the 20$ example your savings are actually closer to (at a 5 cent change) is 3$ a week... if it goes up 5 cents during all three of your fills... can’t see how worrying when u fill is feasible.

chip0416

8/2/2018 8:14:23 AM
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Jan 2012
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$.06

if you have a 100L tank (most CARS do not).  
that is $6 more in your wallet.  
For me on a 75L tank and the amount I drive a tank lasts me about a month. I usually fill up at about 1/4 - 3/8 tank or if/when I notice the price has gone up at one station.  
I drive by a gas station twice a day.  
 
My wife's vehicle (75L).... well that gets filled up often, like once a week or 10 days. we try to fill hers up when the price is down.

Viv

8/2/2018 8:31:29 AM
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Jun 2012
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lol

I find this topic funny. I get gas when I need gas but don’t like to leave my tank at or below a quarter tank. I don’t even look at the price, if I need it I go get it. Complaining about it does nothing.

ifish

8/2/2018 8:34:20 AM
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Sep 2016
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No point complaining

Use gasbuddy and don't worry abut it. If Gas prices outrage you then walk, bike or own a very fuel efficient vehicle. Plan trips during the week not on weekends, stay at home during long weekends and holidays.  
 
Dont worry about how much gas you have in the tank except when the fuel light comes on then ad some.  
 
Oh by the way the gas attendant wont cuddle with you, listen to your feeling or even make you a sandwich even though you just got screwed at the pump.

Mr. Brett

8/2/2018 8:46:58 AM
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Jul 2018
Total posts:61
Wow

It's so intriguing how many people, pretty much every time on these discussions takes what they read and put their own twist on it to suit how they feel.  
Never once did I mention driving around like a fool looking for savings. All I meant was if it already fits in to your day, that's all. If not, dis-regard my whole message. That one just gave himself away for a clown because he's just ALL CO-OP. Geez, ever heard of pumping your own gas? I mean , if it's cheaper, why wouldn't you? Same price, ok fine, sure.  
And those who be-little $1.00 - $6.00, you are the funniest. $1.00 here, $3.00 there, it adds up you know? The oldest saying: It Adds Up. That's all I can say. Brag about your pay-check all you want. But you'd have even MORE money if you cared for those side amounts of $2.00 or so

tlr

8/2/2018 9:42:03 AM
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May 2010
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Don is

  
don brown said "Gas prices move up and they also move down, usually our memories focus on the prices going up, and yet seasonally they do go down as well. Reason for mentioning this is if you are in the up trend filling every day might save a bit, but what happens when prices top out and start to head lower, if you continue to fill every day or two, any savings on the way up are lost on the way down, I think it's sort of dollar cost averaging, but as far as I can figure it really doesn't make much of a saving, unless you are a very rare individual that can pick market tops and bottoms. "

entertainment at it's best! LOL

Sashaa

8/2/2018 11:32:57 AM
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Dec 2014
Total posts:136
Mechanical failure....

Nola.....you asked about how low gas can cause mechanical failure? Well, running your gas too low all the time can allow air to get into your gas lines as well as build up of condensation in your gas lines and tank. Those two things alone can really mess up your car. I know cause it's happened to me! It's hard on your starter, as well as your fuel injector (if your car has fuel injection)....let's just say it CAN cause problems if you run your car too low on fuel too often....

*enter name here*

8/2/2018 11:46:58 AM
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Nov 2008
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Filling up

I fill my tank approximately every two weeks. But if I hear that the price of gas is going to go up significantly I'll go and fill up. But I usually don't pay a lot of attention to it.

Brenda..

8/2/2018 12:46:23 PM
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Jul 2005
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me too

  
*enter name here* said "I fill my tank approximately every two weeks. But if I hear that the price of gas is going to go up significantly I'll go and fill up. But I usually don't pay a lot of attention to it. "

but really on a car, you might save $1.00.  
 
A nice fancy truck would make more difference.  
 
My SUV to fill around $45  
 
Hubby's truck $80  
 
so a cent here or there for me is really nothing.

ifish

8/2/2018 2:10:03 PM
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Sep 2016
Total posts:56
??????

  
Sashaa said "Nola.....you asked about how low gas can cause mechanical failure? Well, running your gas too low all the time can allow air to get into your gas lines as well as build up of condensation in your gas lines and tank. Those two things alone can really mess up your car. I know cause it's happened to me! It's hard on your starter, as well as your fuel injector (if your car has fuel injection)....let's just say it CAN cause problems if you run your car too low on fuel too often.... "

So running your car low on fuel is hard on the starter? Who told you that because its BS.

Nola

8/2/2018 8:43:53 PM
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Mar 2014
Total posts:5
gas

Gas now days no matter how much is in your tank will collect moisture. Because of all the stupid additives in it. It also wrecks seals and filters if they are not designed for ethanol

 
 
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