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It's hard to balance being cheap against being lazy [Jan. 29th, 2010|06:56 am]
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I have this bad habit of driving around town with no gas in the car. I mean, obviously there's some gas in the car, or I wouldn't be driving around town, but I tend to let the tank get dangerously low.

One of the downsides of this, other than the risk of actually running out of gas (which - knock wood - I've only done once, and that was over 20 years ago, and it happened in the parking lot of a gas station, so leave me alone) is that I never catch good gas prices. I'll notice that gas is cheap, but I'll still have a half-full tank so don't bother to stop, and then when I'm on empty gas prices will have gone back up again.

This week, I bucked the trend. Gas prices had been around $2.65, and then they dropped to $2.59. I drove past the gas station for a week thinking I should get gas while the prices were down, and then finally decided to fill up on the way to work one morning, even though I still had a little under a quarter tan left.

And then when I drove past the gas station on the way home from work, prices had dropped to $2.53.

I was really bummed until I realized that my tank only holds about ten gallons of gas, which means there was really less than a dollar difference. But still.
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[User Picture]From: onelargecat
2010-01-29 07:26 pm (UTC)
hahaha I'm the same way. I mean I don't let mine get crazy low, but I don't fill up til it hits empty. My tank only holds about 10 gallons, too, so the price difference isn't enough to entice me to randomly stop and fill up at "cheap" times.
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