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How to get the best prices on gas (easily &quickly wherever you are) - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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How to get the best prices on gas (easily &quickly wherever you are)
And how to calculate exactly how much money it will really save you to make the effort. Suppose you put 10k miles on your car annually, and suppose your car gets 20mpg actual average MPG(you can adjust these figures to suit yourself if you wish to recalculate) Then you are using 500 gallons of gas in a year. If you saved just 2cents per gallon in a year you'd only save $10 annually so I wouldn't waste your time.

However with the current price of gas and the extreme variations i'm seeing for gas pricing, you are likely to be able to save 50 cents per gallon and if you use 500 gallons in a year, that's a savings of $250.*

You have probably heard of online services telling you where the lowest price gas is, and just like me ignored this information because at the time it did not seem all that important to save just 5 or 10 cents. Many of you, like me, live in MD which is supposed to have some of the highest gas prices in the country, so at least my MD friends ought to be interested.

To find the lowest prices on gas in your state please go to www.gasbuddy.com and familiarize yourself with the extreme differences in the prices, see for yourself. Then do like me and when you see a price you think is especially good, please report it to that site so that others may benefit.

Membership is free and as GasBuddy hosts 170 gas price listing sites by area, all hosted by GasBuddy, even though I signed up under VirginiaGasPrices my name and password also work under MarylandGasPrices, though I do need to sign in independently at each site if I want to post of gas stations in two different regions. If you look fast, you can see an entry I made under VirginiaGasPrices about an especially good price I found yesterday in Arlington. I'm registered as "Fixx".

*(Actually where I live it is possible to drive to not all that far between two stations where the difference in price is 70 cents a gallon! This site I'm about to tell you about also tells you which credit carts get you the most cash back on gas, and at 5% off, that's a savings of 15 cents for every $3 gallon of gas you buy. Your savings in your first year could pay for a good used wireless laptop computer you could carry in your car to find the lowest price gas while out on the road.)
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browneyedgirl65 From: browneyedgirl65 Date: September 15th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting ... i pay close attention where I am, but there's never much more variation than about 10 cents the exception being airport gas stations which all the locals avoid anyway...

Prices are between 2.95 and 3.09 here in CA...your neck of woods?
fixx From: fixx Date: September 16th, 2005 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
You are asking me? All you need to do is load gasbuddy and click on MD to find that out. Although it cites a lot of lower prices on gas than I EVER see because it quotes prices from the "boonies" and does not clarify the DC Metro (semi urban)) area surrounding Washington DC as a discreet area unto itself.

In short where I live the prices are rarely under $3.30 for regular. Where I drive within the span of a week I can fairly easily find prices down to about $3. Where I tend to drive somewhat less frequently maybe once in two weeks there's a gas station with a price undere $3, and this may cause me to alter my preferred shopping areas to take me past that station.
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