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Old 03-14-2017, 11:33 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yes, I am. I look at prices between point A and point B, and buy gas which is reasonably priced for the area. Whenever possible, I plan errands and avoid driving more miles than I have to. Driving in traffic is no fun.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:27 AM
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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Originally Posted by clawsondude View Post
Do you drive a car that actually recommends using premium fuel? If so good for you, if not you're wasting your money.

Yes i do.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:50 AM
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I generally shop for groceries at Vons/Safeway/Albertson's that offer $.20 off per gallon (up to 25 gallons) at Chevron or $.40 off at Vons gas stations through their rewards program. I compound that discount with my American Express Blue card, that gives me 5% cash back on groceries, gas stations, and drug stores (after charging $6K to the card). I'm effectively paying $2.42 for diesel, $2.70 for 87 octane, and $.13 per kWh. My vehicles currently cost the following per mile:

$.02 2013 Fiat 500e (my wife has free charging at her work garage)
$.06 2001 VW Golf TDI
$.10 2007 Lexus Rx400h (87 octane since it's a detuned Toyota V6 variant with lower compression)
$.14 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
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Old 03-15-2017, 01:02 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Are you frugal when it comes to Gas

Gas That stuff is DANGEROUS!!! Just ask Oregon and New Jersey, where you are not allowed to pump your own. Bad for your health, hands, skin, atmosphere (air) too

Are you frugal when it comes to Gas

... maybe...

free fuel since 1976 No Dinosaurs or toxic batteries required.

50+ mpg on FREE used cooking oil! (And 1250 mile range between donut shops)

I have saved about 64,000 gal, based on what I was driving in 1975.

My vintage racing motorcycles get 90+ mpg if I want to burn GAS (ick!)

I even have an evil diesel lawnmower (free cooking oil)
and tractor / dozer / excavator / bobcat / dumptrucks...

Next time you KISS, remember where the lipstick comes from.... WVO (Waste cooking oil, exported to China, then cooked into cosmetics and sent back to USA as 'value added' product!!) yum! clean out my WVO filter and see how you like to kiss THAT stuff!
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:49 AM
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Originally Posted by Lacerta View Post
And yours is possibly still more than mine, and I DON'T work out of the home.
1998 with about 80k miles, but I drove it back and forth to college for 3 years in another state at least once a month, and I've been on a 2000 mile road trip in it once also. These days I drive about 2500 a year. My husband's is a 2006 with about 35k miles on it, so he drives a little more than I do, but not much.
I love it!
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by yellowsnow View Post
I usually buy my fuel at Costco. It's always the least expensive plus I get a percentage back with my Costco rewards check that drives down the price a bit more. Here, the difference is just a few pennies from place to place so any savings you might see are gone quickly if you drive out of your way to get the fuel.

This. But here in SoCal the difference can be about 20-30 cents a gallon.

The lines can be a little long if you go during peak hours, but I have a hybrid and only need to gas every other week so I just build it into one of my early morning days.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:03 AM
Location: North Idaho
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I don't wait in the long lines at the cheapest station in town because it isn't worth it to me to save 20 cents.

My son delivers gas and I follow his advice on where to buy. It doesn't have anything to do with brand. It is who the station has deliver the gasoline and how competent their drivers are. The stations that use cheap companies to deliver their fuel, that have beginning or incompetent drivers, my son worries that they will unload into the wrong tank, so he won't buy gas there.

Some cars care what brand and what additive. Do some testing and see if your gas mileage is affected by the brand of gas. The gas is all the same, but the additives might be different. My van doesn't care, but my son's big engine Blazer plays favorites and isn't shy about letting us know it isn't happy if the wrong brand is used. My HHR will have 2 mpg difference between two different brands of gasoline, surprisingly nothing to do with price. It runs fine on cheaper gas and the station it doesn't like so much is one of the a major brands.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:52 PM
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I fortunately don't have to go out of my way to make this happen. The last 3 places I've lived the closest station, usually across the street, is the cheapest in the area. Plus I get anywhere between 2-5% back on the purchase anyhow.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:59 PM
Location: Middle America
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I drive a compact hybrid and get a lot of bang for the buck, so I don't sweat it too much.

I don't have a commute, and generally take long trips by rail.
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:18 PM
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