with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

GasBuddy.com – Find cheap gas prices in your city

Highest price for gas in Canada on Alaska Highway, photograph by Lorelle VanFossenIn Israel, we were thrilled when we found anything under USD$4.50 a gallon (equivalent). Back in the states, we aren’t so shocked with the gas prices, but somehow, I’d forgotten how EXPENSIVE it is to drive a gas guzzler.

When you think about a gas guzzler vehicle, I’m sure you are thinking SUV or something that gets under 20 miles to the gallon. Our truck, a 1-ton dually 1988 Chevy Silverado, gets a resounding 6-8 miles to the gallon. Don’t ask us what it gets when we’re pulling the trailer. So the price of gas isn’t the issue, it’s the VOLUME of gas we go through that eats through the pocket book.

Brent has started walking to work and I only go places when I have to. We keep close to home because the cost to drive is outrageous for us. But it pulls the trailer and we’ve done just about everything we can to improve the gas mileage. Occassionally, when we aren’t pulling the trailer and we’re doing highway, we can reach 10 miles to the gallon but that’s rare.

Then we discovered GassBuddy, a website that helps you find cheap gas within North America.

You to click on an area or type in a zipcode. We’ve been paying USD$2.17 a gallon and GasBuddy found us a nearby gas station selling for $1.94. That’s amazing. Hopefully it won’t go up by the time we drive there.

For the traveler, we’re reliant upon whatever gas we find wherever we go, but if you are into seriously planning your trip, you can look ahead to your destinations and check out the cheapest rates for the area closest to your travels. It’s amazing how a few pennies difference adds up when you are filling two 15-25 gallon tanks on a single vehicle.

2 Comments

  • John Williams
    Posted July 2, 2005 at 6:35 | Permalink

    GasPriceWatch.com is a better place to receive the most updated prices from all the fuel stations. GasBuddy.com is outdated most of the time and does not cover all the gas stations in a localized area. Since, GasPriceWatch.com is database driven with every station geocoded with latitude/longitude you will be able to find more gas stations with cheaper prices. Good Luck!

  • Bob
    Posted August 22, 2005 at 16:36 | Permalink

    I disagree about GasPriceWatch. It only has about 20,000 stations (per their web site stats) – that is 80,000 prices, but 4 grades per station. I read in a recent news article that GasBuddy.com is getting almost 400,000 stations per week. Or 20 times the coverage of GasPriceWatch. What good is a web site, if they don’t have any stations listed?! I love GasBuddy.com!

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