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May 24, 2023 09:15:41   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
You can often pay more per gallon and save money on gas. I watched a YouTube video about that the other day. Is it worth driving a few extra miles to buy cheaper gas? It depends. When I need gas, I have to decide if it's cheaper driving into town for less expensive gas or buying locally. It costs me about $0.08/mile for gas. I figure the price difference and how many gallons I think I'll need, and I get the answer. I can easily justify paying more per gallon by not driving thirty-four miles for cheaper gas. I also save about an hour, too. Of course, if I'm going into town, anyway, then it's irrelevant.

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May 24, 2023 09:18:52   #
DougS Loc: Central Arkansas
 
I found that by switching to "Top Tier" gasoline, my mileage improved by 2-3 miles per gallon.

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May 24, 2023 09:31:48   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Is it really worth it to drive out of one's way to save 10¢ a gallon?
15 gallons will save a whopping $1.50.

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May 24, 2023 09:37:34   #
DickC Loc: NE Washington state
 
I used to get 'farm gas' but they don't have that anymore I guess!

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May 24, 2023 09:41:40   #
ELNikkor
 
My 3 cents per gallon discount card + 3% per dollar cash-back credit card saves me a total of 14-15 cents per gallon. Filling up 3 cars 2-3 times per month (active family!)does add up to a bit of savings.

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May 24, 2023 09:46:26   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
ELNikkor wrote:
My 3 cents per gallon discount card + 3% per dollar cash-back credit card saves me a total of 14-15 cents per gallon. Filling up 3 cars 2-3 times per month (active family!)does add up to a bit of savings.



We fill ours about every 3 months on average now.
(Save an occasional long drive outing.)

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May 24, 2023 10:03:10   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
jerryc41 wrote:
You can often pay more per gallon and save money on gas. I watched a YouTube video about that the other day. Is it worth driving a few extra miles to buy cheaper gas? It depends. When I need gas, I have to decide if it's cheaper driving into town for less expensive gas or buying locally. It costs me about $0.08/mile for gas. I figure the price difference and how many gallons I think I'll need, and I get the answer. I can easily justify paying more per gallon by not driving thirty-four miles for cheaper gas. I also save about an hour, too. Of course, if I'm going into town, anyway, then it's irrelevant.
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Gas prices here in NC are all over the place. We live five miles from a major pipeline's distribution center. Right now, gas can cost anywhere from $3.10 to $3.60 for 87-octane unleaded regular with 10% ethanol. Most of the stations near me stay in the lower end of that range, $3.19 to $3.29.

I don't really care, because I drive a 13-year-old Prius. The high voltage battery is old and tired, and will need replacement soon, but the car still gets around 38 MPG. It got about 44 when new.

I bought my first Prius in 2008, when gas was around $4.65 a gallon in Charlotte. That's equivalent to about $6.56/gallon now, if you adjust for inflation.

So... If I need gas, I fill it up, and laugh at all the folks in the big SUVs who b*tch and moan about needing 20 gallons of gas to my 8.

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May 25, 2023 05:43:20   #
JimmyTB
 
jerryc41 wrote:
You can often pay more per gallon and save money on gas. I watched a YouTube video about that the other day. Is it worth driving a few extra miles to buy cheaper gas? It depends. When I need gas, I have to decide if it's cheaper driving into town for less expensive gas or buying locally. It costs me about $0.08/mile for gas. I figure the price difference and how many gallons I think I'll need, and I get the answer. I can easily justify paying more per gallon by not driving thirty-four miles for cheaper gas. I also save about an hour, too. Of course, if I'm going into town, anyway, then it's irrelevant.
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Jerry, it cost you much more the $0.08/mile to drive. I'm self employed and use a personal vehicle for business. The IRS currently allows you to write off somewhere around $0.62/mile. That factors in things like oil, tires, general wear and tear etc.. That's of course based on average cost/mile for driving any vehicle but I know the IRS wouldn't be allowing a write off for more than your actual cost.

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May 25, 2023 05:52:12   #
cmc4214 Loc: S.W. Pennsylvania
 
Longshadow wrote:
Is it really worth it to drive out of one's way to save 10¢ a gallon?
15 gallons will save a whopping $1.50.



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May 25, 2023 07:30:58   #
sodapop Loc: Bel Air, MD
 
122K miles on my Kia Rio and getting 30 MPG on regular

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May 25, 2023 07:47:08   #
Red6
 
jerryc41 wrote:
You can often pay more per gallon and save money on gas. I watched a YouTube video about that the other day. Is it worth driving a few extra miles to buy cheaper gas? It depends. When I need gas, I have to decide if it's cheaper driving into town for less expensive gas or buying locally. It costs me about $0.08/mile for gas. I figure the price difference and how many gallons I think I'll need, and I get the answer. I can easily justify paying more per gallon by not driving thirty-four miles for cheaper gas. I also save about an hour, too. Of course, if I'm going into town, anyway, then it's irrelevant.
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Another consideration is your safety. With drivers today, always in a hurry, inconsiderate, and many times consumed with using and looking at their phones, the highway can be a dangerous place. I usually drive the speed limit or at least keep up with the traffic flow. But, still, I have had so many near misses in the last year from people tailgating, texting, or impatient drivers pulling out in front of us from side roads. Drivers running red lights also seem to be on the increase. In fact, recently I had a driver tailgating me that honked at me for NOT running the red light. He was visibly upset that I had legally stopped at the red light and held him up. Scary!

Do you really want to put your life at risk for a few dollars?

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May 25, 2023 07:50:34   #
bobmcculloch Loc: NYC, NY
 
2 Subaru's one 11 years old the other 7, both get better than 30 MPG on regular! Around here we look for stations that have the same price for credit as for cash.

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May 25, 2023 08:50:30   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
bobmcculloch wrote:
2 Subaru's one 11 years old the other 7, both get better than 30 MPG on regular! Around here we look for stations that have the same price for credit as for cash.


Here in High Point, there is often a dime difference per gallon between cash and credit transactions. It is not enough to make me want to enter a convenience store instead of paying at the pump. The other trick they use to lure you inside is to leave the paper out of the receipt printer in the pump. That is infuriating to people who need to keep track of their expenses for rental cars and trucks.

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May 25, 2023 08:54:44   #
whatdat Loc: Del Valle, Tx.
 
I use a certain brand gas cc at their stations & get 3 cents off per gallon & has Techron in it which is recommended by some car manufacturers if you use gas additives.

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May 25, 2023 08:55:07   #
whatdat Loc: Del Valle, Tx.
 
I use a certain brand gas cc at their stations & get 3 cents off per gallon & has Techron in it which is recommended by some car manufacturers if you use gas additives.

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