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TreasuryGuy

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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2011 7:54:18 PM

What do you think of the following fill strategy?

1. When prices are INCREASING, fill up as often as convenient. I don't go out of my way to fill up, but I fill up as often as I can (typically at 3/4 tank or above). Fill up now since tomorrow's price will be higher.

2. When prices are DECREASING, fill up only when the tank is low (typically less than 1/4 tank). Put off filling up as much as possible since tomorrow's price will be cheaper than today's price.

3. When prices are STABLE, fill up only when passing by my preferred low cost station. (Don't waste gas to go find gas.)

Does anyone else follow such a strategy?
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nicolewelker
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:35:06 AM

I always wait until my gas tank is completely empty even though I know thats bad.
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Bartlettvanman
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:54:35 AM

I fill up, when the tank is on 1/4 and stop at the first click.
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twt
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 5:39:18 AM

I fill up, when the tank is on 1/4.
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ScottAdams5
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1:18:13 AM

Why?
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drgeeforce
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 9:34:28 AM

I fill when prices are low and avoid filling when prices are high. I drive a diesel, so my filling intervals are longer. I bought a diesel caddy so when prices are low I try to get an extra 30gals of low priced fuel. Last time I filled up, I used a $1.00 off per gal at Shell by getting a 5qt. jug of Pennzoil. The code under the cap was plugged into my FRN loyalty card and they allowed 20 gals with $1.00 off resulting in $20.00 savings. Also Vons and Ralph's grocery stores give 10 cents to $3.00 off per gallon depending on how much you spend on food. I get $0.50 off per gallon at Chevron when I don't use my FRN card. I keep a fuel/mileage log and estimating the cost of fuel without loyalty/discounts I save an average of $800 driving 36K mi per year.

[Edited by: drgeeforce at 4/14/2014 9:37:55 AM EST]
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navy1954
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Agree that this is probably thinking too much. Use better driving habits for cost savings.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 10:00:37 AM

Not sure if it is worth the bother. Better to concentrate on using less gas.
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dieselpower2014
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 1:06:11 AM

I have done that
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WES03
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 9:56:17 AM

Pinbuster2005 - "it's a waist of time to stop at the gas station every day or two and get $20 worth of gas."

I don't recall recommending stopping at a gas station every day or two. BTW you wear a belt around your "waist" and you waste money paying top dollar for gas.

"Your still spending the same amount of money."

Not if you are aware of what the futures prices are doing on the commodities markets. BTW your and you're sound the same but have different meanings. You can look it up.
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 5:43:38 AM

i fill up at each fuel stop regardless whether the prices are rising or falling
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pinbuster2005
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 5:37:11 AM

sneakers55 - "I have better things to do with my life than topping off every day to maybe save a few pennies."

wes03 - "That said, I hope someday to be as rich as you where I don't care how much stuff costs, I just buy it. "

Ok I have to agree with sneakers first of all it's a waist of time to stop at the gas station every day or two and get $20 worth of gas.

Weso3 it's not about being rich. If you stop and think about it are you really saving anything going to the gas station every couple of days? In my case unless I've got to go into town i'm going to lower my fuel economy by either going into my town to stop at the gas station or go into the city I work in to stop at the gas station rather than get right on the highway (55 mph road or better). Granted I will admit by just filling up once a week I have missed price decreases but I would say I've missed just as many price increases. Also really whats the difference going to the gas station 2-3 times a week and getting $20 in gas or just going once a week and getting $40-$60 worth and filling up. Your still spending the same amount of money.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 5:52:13 PM

Sneakers55 - You are so correct. Maryland is a tax and spend Democrat controlled state that has basically evolved into a one party rule situation. Huge numbers of the folks here are on entitlements or are government employees and keep voting them in. It's ugly.

That said, I hope someday to be as rich as you where I don't care how much stuff costs, I just buy it.
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Awing1
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 8:51:15 AM

No, I don't follow that strategy.
1. I fill up gas tank in full when it went down to the lowest price because there is a cycle. Every 2 or 3 weeks, it goes down to low prices in Ontario.
2. Or, if I have to fill it up because tank is near empty when prices are high, I just fill small amount (less than 20 L) and wait for low price cycle.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 8:43:28 PM

On Mar 29, 2014 7:25:08 PM, WES03 wrote from Maryland:

>Oil and gasoline futures rising at warp speed. More pain at the pump
>coming. Get 'em filled ASAP.

I have better things to do with my life than topping off every day to maybe save a few pennies.

Besides, Maryland is a blue state which means state fuel taxes are what's rising at warp speed.

The area around Johnson Space Center in Houston has had their prices go down over the past several days.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 8:25:08 PM

Oil and gasoline futures rising at warp speed. More pain at the pump coming. Get 'em filled ASAP.
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mhradecky
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2014 12:55:35 AM

fill up when near empty.
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mhradecky
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2014 12:11:38 PM

I fill up only when near empty.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2014 9:29:41 AM

Oil and gasoline futures sky rocketing today due to Ukraine situation. Get 'em filled ASAP.
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luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2014 7:25:55 PM

pretty much follow this strategy as well.
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2014 2:58:12 PM

Usually fill up at half a tank or when driving by a really good price.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2014 1:58:20 PM

When my gauge drops below 1/2 tank, I look for the best price and fill up then.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 6:36:16 AM

works for me
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 8:04:33 AM

My Jetta seldom takes more than 10-12 gallons (500-600 miles). Just fill it up.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 7:56:59 AM

Oil & gas futures continue to rocket up. Get 'em filled ASAP. The gas you buy today will be cheaper than what you may buy tomorrow.
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cv
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2014 6:51:51 AM

When my gauge drops below 1/2 tank, I look for the best price and fill up then.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 1:32:48 PM

it works for me
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 9:44:54 AM

My strategy is, when I need gas I fill up.
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Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:30:57 AM

I do the same strategy. Makes good sense.
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:22:00 AM

At 10-12 gallons per fill up and 47+ mpg I just fill up each time (diesel)
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05FLHRI
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 7:28:46 AM

Sounds good to me
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 6:52:39 AM

Don't like to let the tank to get too low in the winter. A low fuel level supposedly increases the chance of extra moisture gathering inside the tank.
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dieselpower2014
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 12:51:51 AM

works for me
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 4:26:11 PM

Works for me
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 10:06:38 PM

keep tank fuel
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bentley86
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 12:27:24 PM

I start looking for good fuel prices when I am at 1/2 tank, whoever has the lowest price wins!
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WES03
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 8:40:32 AM

Oil & gasoline futures up substantially in the last 5 days. Pump prices should began rising. Get 'em filled.
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bwelch88
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2014 12:57:52 PM

I fill up when I need it (around 1/4 tank). Don't pay a lot of attention to trends and all that. Usually start checking for the lowest price when time comes to fill up, but I can save $0.15/gal at the local Food City Gas N Go so I usually stop there.

[Edited by: bwelch88 at 1/14/2014 12:56:44 PM EST]
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2014 8:21:54 AM

Fill up at 1/4 tank - about 12 gallons
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2014 3:34:40 AM

I never let it get below a quarter of a tank.
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GoCWS
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 10:00:57 PM

I fill when empty or it looks like prices are heading up.
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pilotdlh
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 8:40:56 PM

I agree with TreasuryGuy
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 5:27:26 PM

We fill when there's a cold snap on the horizon ,otherwise I fill when its at the lowest. In the summer we only fill after we use most of it up, helps to clean out the gas tank.
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CentaurChiron
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2014 11:09:51 PM

I check and compare, and take note of gaz prices several times a week. Filling when the prices are lower and the tank is empty sound like a good plan!
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thirstyV8suv
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 12:26:46 AM

exactly poet, I've become fairly adept at timing within a day or two of when they will arbitrarily bend us over a barrel.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 10:27:53 AM

I fill up when my station is at its monthly lowest (u know their old up & down monthly BS) and my Kroger points have at least 30-40 cents a gallon off!



[Edited by: poetdog73 at 1/7/2014 10:27:56 AM EST]
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bentley86
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:01:35 AM

I only fill when I need it, it will all work out in the end
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 8:25:08 AM

i fully refill my tank at or before it is 1/2 empty all the time
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 2:41:58 AM

It works for. Me
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jscargo411
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 5:22:34 PM

I just fill as needed, I get to a 1/4 tank I fill up.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 3:50:40 PM

Fill 'er up!!
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sirreal1984
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 3:02:17 PM

I fill up when it's time to fill up.
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