spinthemoon (spinthemoon) wrote,
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spinthemoon

It's hard to balance being cheap against being lazy

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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