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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2006 12:01:10 AM

If you knew of a cheaper station 2.5 miles (4km) further away, how cheap would it have to be for you to go there?
As long as it's cheaper, by any amount
At least US$0.01/gal (0.3CA¢/l) cheaper
At least US$0.02/gal (0.6CA¢/l) cheaper
At least US$0.03/gal (0.9CA¢/l) cheaper
At least US$0.05/gal (1.5CA¢/l) cheaper
At least US$0.10/gal (3.0CA¢/l) cheaperPost your thoughts about this poll below.
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QueenMother
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2009 12:00:10 PM

At least 4 cents cheaper.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2009 1:38:58 PM

If you go 2.5 miles out of your way, and 2.5 miles to come back to your way, you've gone 5 miles. Let's say you're getting 18 to 20 miles per gallon; that means you're using a gallon of gas, roughly 50 cents. So if you buy 15 gallons of gas, save 5 cents a gallon, you've spent 50 cents on your "out of your way" trip, saved 75 cents over buying it not out of your way, and you wasted gas in the first place. All to save 25 cents? Wouldn't it have been easier to not spend the extra time or use gas unnecessarily just to save 25 cents? Are you that cost conscious on everything else? Just to be consistent, I mean. Like not buying Starbucks when other less expensive coffee is available, not buying bottled water because tap water is available, not buying satellite radio because you already have a car radio and not paying for a subscription because you already can receive radio? Didn't buy anything not necessary on your car (in part because you'd save money and in part becaue it increases your insurance)? Just asking if you're consistent when it comes to saving 25 cents by driving out of your way.
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Tucker2009
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2009 12:29:37 PM

Yes, I would go for that...2.5 is not that far now days.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2009 2:30:05 PM

So, yes I will drive 2.5 miles out of my way for cheaper gas.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2009 2:29:32 PM

Absolutely ... with a 20 gallon tank who wouldn't
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2009 2:29:09 PM

As long as it's cheaper, by any amount
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2009 2:28:48 PM

So, yes I will drive 2.5 miles out of my way for cheaper gas.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2009 2:28:27 PM

At least US$0.05/gal (1.5CA¢/l) cheape
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2009 2:28:10 PM

At least US$0.05/gal (1.5CA¢/l) cheape
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kissmefla
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2008 8:45:55 PM

at least 10 cents, and maybe not even then (my time is almost as valuable)
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2008 8:02:01 PM

If gas costs $3 a gallon (it doesn't) and you get 30 miles to the gallon (most people don't - despite what the highway rating is), that means it costs you 10 cents a mile to drive your car. If you drive 2.5 miles out of your way, and 2.5 miles back, you've driven 5 miles, and spent at least 50 cents. So if you buy 15 gallons, you have to save at least 5 cents a gallon JUST TO BREAK EVEN.

If you change just one thing - that is, if gas costs more than $3 a gallon, or if you get less than 30 miles to the gallon, or if you buy less than 15 gallons - then you have to same more than 5 cents per gallon JUST TO BREAK EVEN.

In many cases, it's cheaper (that is, you're not spending as much money) by buying gas closer, even if it's a few cents a gallon higher priced.

As for those who say they'd drive any distance to save money, we'll then you're not concerned with saving on the price of gas; you're only interested in telling people how low the price was; not what you spent (wasted) to get to the lower priced station and back.
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gasman14
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2008 8:07:22 PM

$.15 Cheaper
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Quazar911
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2008 10:19:29 PM

At least 5 cents cheaper
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2008 9:21:28 PM

.05 would be a starting point, but I wouldn't drive out of my way for cheaper fuel... I plan my trips to drive the least possible... That is how you conserve. Time is valuable as well. .10 cents is tempting...

Hook'em
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narcar1973
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2008 9:03:25 AM

$0.03 cheeper.
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bobjeep
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2008 12:49:51 PM

yes
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gasisoutrageous
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2008 12:32:51 PM

At least 5c/gallon cheaper.
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Blubberpuppy
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2008 2:31:04 PM

Cheaper by any amount.
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Quazar911
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Message Posted: May 30, 2008 11:44:40 PM

About $0.05 cheaper
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 3, 2008 1:56:54 PM

If a gas station is 2.5 miles away, that means you're making a five mile trip (2.5 miles there, and 2.5 miles back). If you get 25 miles to the gallon, that means you're using one-fifth of a gallon of gas, roughly 60 cents worth of gas (at $3 a gallon) traveling there and back.

That means, assuming you're buying 10 gallons of gas (and no, just because you have a 20 gallon tank doesn't mean you're always buying gas when you're on empty), you have to save at least 6 cents a gallon just to break even. No gain, just to break even.

There are a log of people below who wrote:
"As long as it's cheaper, by any amount" or "For that distance 1 cent or 2 is enough."
If you're driving 5 miles round trip to save money, and you're buying 10 gallons of gas, it costs more in the gas you used, than you saved by buying at the "cheaper" price.

So let's expand the example:
Say gas at a station next to you costs $4 a gallon and , you're driving 2.5 miles further to get gas (meaning a 5 mile round trip), you get 40 miles to the gallon (and you probably don't), and and you're buying 20 gallons of gas. (Don't count the cost of operating a vehicle) That means it costs you about 44 cents to make the trip.

You have to save at least 3 cents a gallon just to break even.
If you don't get at least 40 miles to the gallon or buy at least 20 gallons of gas, you have to save more than 3 cents per gallon just to break even.

And, using the above example (nearest costs $4, drive 5 miles round trip, get 40 mpg, buying 20 gallons) and the further gas station costs 20 cents less a gallon, by making the 5 mile trip, you'll save $3.50 over buying it nearby. Of course you just spent $76 at the lower priced station (versus spending $80 at the closer station - the 50 cent discrepancy is the cost of the driving to the further station).

So, what will you do with that $3.50 you saved? If you buy a Starbucks or do anything but inveset it, you've just used up your savings. So why drive five miles out of you way to get gas when there's little value.

Go to a somewhat absurd difference:
Gas near you costs $4.50 a gallon, you're driving 5 miles round trip, get 40 mpg, buying 20 gallons, and the further gas station costs you $1 less a gallon (it costs $4 a gallon). Making the 5 mile trip costs you 57 cents in gas used driving there and back. Gas near you would cost $90; gas at the lower priced station would cost you $80. Now you're saving $9 and change. But, if you're getting less than 40 to the gallon, if you're buying less than 20 gallons, or if you're saving less than 50 cents a gallon; your savings will be lower than $9. If you're getting less than 40 to the gallon AND buying less than 20 gallons, your savings will be considerably less.

Unless you're getting a significant price difference (not a nickle or dime a gallon) AND you get get very good gas miles AND you're buying more than, say, 10 to 15 gallons, you're savings are relatively insignificant.

Think of this:
If you get 40 miles to the gallon and have a 20 gallon tank, that means you're getting 800 miles to a fill-up. If you drive 60 miles each work day and 100 miles each weekend, that means you fill up about every two weeks. So if you have a 60 mile a day commute and drive a hundred miles each weekend, you'll probably save a couple dollars a week by driving out of your way just to get gas.

But then, if that couple of dollars is that important (and I'm not saying it's not), then you need to also look at other expenses. For example, did you really need all those accessories for your car that increased the cost of insurance? For that matter, did you really need to get another car (rather than fixing a car already paid for) since it costs you money to buy, money to finance, and probably increased insurance, whereas fixing the old car, even if you invested a lot in fixing it, would probably have been much cheaper. Do you really need the bottled water at $1 a bottle or more, or the cup of Starbucks at $3? Do you really need to spend on a lot of other things you're spending on, such as cell phones with unlimited text messaging (or, a cell phone for that matter), an iPod? Do you really need to pay for satellite radio? (It's cost per month is probably the same or more than the price difference between the lower and higher priced gas stations).

Just food for thought.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: May 2, 2008 7:43:53 AM

So, yes I will drive 2.5 miles out of my way for cheaper gas.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: May 2, 2008 7:43:43 AM

Absolutely ... with a 20 gallon tank who wouldn't
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YB1234
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Message Posted: May 2, 2008 7:43:14 AM

So, yes I will drive 2.5 miles out of my way for cheaper gas.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: May 2, 2008 7:42:41 AM

At least .05/gal.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: May 2, 2008 7:42:16 AM

At least US$0.05/gal (1.5CA¢/l) cheape
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Quazar911
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2008 11:31:34 PM

About $0.05/cheaper
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Guido4
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2008 7:09:17 AM

As long as it's cheaper, by any amount
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Dorkchop
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2008 11:01:21 AM

For that distance 1 cent or 2 is enough.
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c47
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2008 6:53:16 AM

as long as its cheaper, by any amount.
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Quazar911
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2008 10:38:43 PM

At least US$0.05/gal cheaper
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Guido4
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2008 9:09:19 AM

As long as it's cheaper, by any amount
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Quazar911
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2008 6:53:20 AM

About 5 cents cheaper
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ED6
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2007 2:49:55 PM

$0.10/gallon cheaper.
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Quazar911
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2007 5:55:06 PM

At least US$0.05/gal cheaper
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MnSwede
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2007 9:23:06 AM

At least $0.10/gal
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Guido4
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2007 8:07:36 AM

As long as it's cheaper
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azcarman
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2007 7:16:38 AM

as long as its cheaper
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2007 1:05:52 AM

At least US$0.05 cheaper.
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GasXing
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2007 2:08:26 AM

This all depends on how much gas you are planning to buy and also on traffic conditions and the number of stops (traffic lights, etc.) on the way to the station.
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2007 7:14:13 AM

$0.05/gal or cheaper
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2007 6:34:55 AM

As long as it's cheaper
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2007 3:53:00 PM

10 cents a gallon
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2007 8:46:15 AM

5-10 cents per gallon
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2007 12:06:34 AM

10 cent
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2007 9:47:25 PM

At least $0.05 cheaper
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2007 1:27:02 PM

Mwmemt: With a 35 gallon tank, I doubt your mileage is that great to begin with, but even if you were empty and got a 35 gallon fill-up, how much are you expected to save? Ten cents a gallon? If so, you'll save $3.50 if you bought 35 gallons. If you're getting 15 to the gallon, and the gas station is 2.5 miles away (5 miles round trip), it cost you about $1 just to get there and back. (If you get less than 15 miles to the gallon, or if you're buying less than 35 gallons, you save even less by going out of your way.) Considering what you probably spent on your truck, the accessories, and the insurance, maybe buying gas at a few cents more a gallon (but at a closer station) isn't the most you're spending on anything. After all, if you drive out of your way to save a few cents but you're paying for satellite radio, or you stop to get a cup of coffee along the way, you probably spent more than you saved.

Best advice? Simply shop competitively near where you are and don't waste gas driving out of you way to save pennies - if you even end up saving anything at all.

YB1234:
"Absolutely ... with a 20 gallon tank who wouldn't?"
Well, that depends; if you're not getting great gas mileage, and you assuming you're not driving on empty all the time, you might not be saving that much; if you're only getting 15 gallons each time, a dime a gallon savings adds up to $1.50 for driving out of you way, before you take into consideration what it cost (in gas and money) to get to the out of the way gas station and back; it might be cheaper (or at least less expensive) by buying closer to where you are, even if the price at the pump is a few cents higher than elsewhere.
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Mwmemt
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:40:42 AM

Yes I would. Driving a F-150 with a 35 gal tank, the savings would add up fast.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:27:43 AM

So, yes I will drive 2.5 miles out of my way for cheaper gas.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:26:04 AM

Absolutely ... with a 20 gallon tank who wouldn't
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:25:15 AM

So, yes I will drive 2.5 miles out of my way for cheaper gas.
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