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Gas purchase amounts

Postby Random832 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:50 am UTC

Does anyone else do this? When I'm buying gas, I "aim" at a particular number - generally an integer number of gallons or dollars, or stuff like 11.11

Today, I paid $13.37 exactly.

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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby schmiggen » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:53 am UTC

I've done it before, but I only did it to round off to zero cents, so I could pay with bills and worryn't about change, because I happened to be in a hurry those few times.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Belial » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:58 am UTC

A lot of times, girl tells me to just get 5 dollars worth of gas, because we're either in a huge hurry and about to run out, or she only needs enough to hold us over until we reach somewhere where gas is cheaper.

Whenever this occurs, I try to get exactly Six dollars and Sixty-six cents.
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Postby DJorgensen » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:02 am UTC

I just fill it up.
Usually comes out to some exorbitant price.
Then I pay for it. Then I work more to make more money so that I can do the same thing again.

I gave up paying attention to this when I would drive a thousand km in a week around the city and surrounding areas doing computer repairs.
I couldn't even tell you how much my last tank of gas was.... $45 ish?
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Aperfectring » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:23 am UTC

I just fill up. I find it is a good day when my 10-12 gallons costs less than $40.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Dr. Canadian Ninja » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:31 am UTC

Rather than guess at the price, I guess at how many gallons, decimal included, I will be filling up. I'm usually accurate within half a gallon.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby benjhuey » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:33 am UTC

Last fill up (about 3/4 of my tank) was $25.41. Small cars are great.

Dr. Canadian Ninja wrote:Rather than guess at the price, I guess at how many gallons, decimal included, I will be filling up. I'm usually accurate within half a gallon.

That's a little easier because (hopefully) the size of you tank doesn't fluctuate greatly.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby LittleChrist » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:36 am UTC

I tend to fill up once a week, and then just pay. Using 89 octane I usually rack up ~$50.00 for 15 gallons. However, yesterday I filled up my mom's new sport SUV (89 octane as well) at the pump shut off at $75.00. :shock: Glad I don't drive that... What is even worse is gas prices on the water. Prices tend to be $1.00-$1.20 more expensive than on land. The family boat has a 90 gallon tank that costs way too much money to count.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby vqcg » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:30 am UTC

yeah, I do this all the time! I'm so happy other people do it too. I feel really at home in the fora now :)
Oftentimes I base the amount I'll pay off the pump number. So if I'm at pump 7, I might aim for £7.77, or £7.00, etc.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Kabann » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:34 am UTC

If I'm not doing a complete fillup, but just an arbitrary dollar amount to get me on my way, I usually shoot for something like $20.01. That way when I'm balancing my account online I can easily identify the gas purchases in the bank statement.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby evilbeanfiend » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:16 am UTC

gas is just piped into the house :D petrol on the other hand...

i fill up which is usually about £35 and i have a small car (about 32 litre capacity iirc). you yanks should quit complaining and start really paying for burning all that oil. :wink:
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Kabann » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:45 am UTC

Yeah, Beany, I am totally thankful I don't have to pay what you do for ga...er, petrol. ;) That's why I'm one of those yanks who doesn't really complain too much. Sure I think it's uncalled for to pay what we pay, but since I live in a place where efficient public transportation is a freakin' pipe dream, and I have to rely on my car to drive long distances every day to get to and from work, and the money I shell out for fuel isn't keeping food off my table, I just suck it up and don't make too much of a fuss about it.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Moo » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:53 am UTC

If Hubby fills up he stands there for ages trying to touch the trigger softly enough to round it up to a whole pound amount. It drives me crazy - he's going to pay with the credit card anyway! It doesn't matter!!! Especially when he then comes back out with a packet of crisps or something that screwed up his nice even amount anyway.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Quadropus » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:03 pm UTC

Seeing as I have a 50cc scooter (a Vespa to be precise, and yes that is a picture of it because I am smitten by it...) I only have to put in about £7 absolute max, that is if I have run it so there is literally nothing left in the tank.

I usually aim to put in £3.33 or any repeating number, just because I like them. And the people somethings think you are a little strange if you go to the same place every few days.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby MoonBuggy » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:11 pm UTC

Has anyone ever seen the pumps with the little keypad on that let you pre-choose how much petrol it will dispense? You either type in a cost or a volume then the pump shuts itself off when you have that much. I've seen precisely one of them anywhere in the world (Cambodia, of all places) and ever since I've thought it was a great idea - surely they must be common somewhere?
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:14 pm UTC

I usually try for a nice round number, but I don't have to fill the car up that often. It's a 800cc, yes that's 0.8 litres, and it only has three wheels. It's also knackered enough for me to want to bike if possible to avoid having the faff of getting it started. *Hugs Reliant Rialto*
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Kabann » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:17 pm UTC

MoonBuggy wrote:Has anyone ever seen the pumps with the little keypad on that let you pre-choose how much petrol it will dispense? You either type in a cost or a volume then the pump shuts itself off when you have that much. I've seen precisely one of them anywhere in the world (Cambodia, of all places) and ever since I've thought it was a great idea - surely they must be common somewhere?


Well crap, it seems like the next logical step and there's no reason we SHOULDN'T have those... not yet in the US (that I've seen) but I'm pre-emptively a huge fan.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby vqcg » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:33 pm UTC

MoonBuggy wrote:Has anyone ever seen the pumps with the little keypad on that let you pre-choose how much petrol it will dispense? You either type in a cost or a volume then the pump shuts itself off when you have that much. I've seen precisely one of them anywhere in the world (Cambodia, of all places) and ever since I've thought it was a great idea - surely they must be common somewhere?

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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Zohar » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:02 pm UTC

Last time cost me around 80$ for 47 L. or so, which means about 6-6.5$ per gallon. Gas is expensive here.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Kizyr » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:56 pm UTC

I fill up, set the lock, and look away from the dial while it's filling up so I don't get distracted by the price. Sometimes I'll wash the windows while I'm at it.

It'll usually run me just about $50 for a full tank (15 gallons, more or less). Though last time I was nearly out and had to stop in at a more expensive place.

But honestly, I don't mind. I've thought we really need to pay a higher price for gasoline for a long while, otherwise we won't bother seeking out any alternatives which could be better in the long run. KF
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Random832 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:00 pm UTC

LittleChrist wrote:[...]the pump shut off at $75.00.


Yeah, MasterCard won't let you do more than that in a single gas purchase. Visa limits it to $50.

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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby hipp5 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:09 pm UTC

MoonBuggy wrote:Has anyone ever seen the pumps with the little keypad on that let you pre-choose how much petrol it will dispense? You either type in a cost or a volume then the pump shuts itself off when you have that much. I've seen precisely one of them anywhere in the world (Cambodia, of all places) and ever since I've thought it was a great idea - surely they must be common somewhere?


I've never seen one where you can choose the exact amount but we used to have ones were you could select common dollar amounts ($5, $10, $20, etc.). I haven't seen those around lately though.

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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Endless Mike » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:41 pm UTC

My car hasn't run in a few months so I haven't bought much gas, except when on business trips. In those cases, I have to return full, so that's what I do.

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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby doc leech » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:25 pm UTC

No premium users here? THAT gets old quick.

Also gets old: working for a (very) large oil company and having every person who finds out ask if I get free gas. No. No I don't. Stop rubbing it in! :cry:
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Jessica » Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:38 pm UTC

Too much, that's for sure.
Bought $10 of gas today because I couldn't stand to fill it up at the current price.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Cassi » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:33 pm UTC

Filling up is about £35 (small car), but if I'm putting petrol in, I just do a tenner (or, if I can get away with it, a fiver). I do my best to do even amounts for convenience with paying, and that is about it...
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby segmentation fault » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:45 pm UTC

you should just specifically ask for $13.37 :)
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby 22/7 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:51 pm UTC

evilbeanfiend wrote:gas is just piped into the house :D petrol on the other hand...

i fill up which is usually about £35 and i have a small car (about 32 litre capacity iirc). you yanks should quit complaining and start really paying for burning all that oil. :wink:

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Edit: Being able to select a specific dollar amount is extremely common. Haven't you guys had to prepay yet?
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Yakk » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:07 pm UTC

Prepayment is rare, and if you swipe a credit card it generally lets you fill up and then charges you (yes, it does something fancier than that).

I aim for interesting patterns as the tank gets full. 43.21, 48.62, 54.45, etc. This is also fun to do when tipping in restaurants. It has the added benefit of being a "yep, that was almost certainly me" when I glance over my credit card statement. :)
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Postby 22/7 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:18 pm UTC

It may be rare where you live. In Dallas, if you're not using a credit card, you're prepaying.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Flying Betty » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:50 am UTC

I can't remember the last time I pumped gas at someplace that didn't make you prepay. Before that I preferred paying cash inside.

And I don't try for any number. I start the pump, flick the little holding latch, and then go add a quart of oil to my car. I should really get that fixed sometime soon.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Aperfectring » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:58 am UTC

The problem with my choices for "stopping the pump" are few and far between. $20.48 is just over half a tank (usually), and $40.96 is just over a full tank (usually). So if I were to stop it at a specific amount, I would have to go to the gas station about twice as often. At least until it gets more expensive, and considering housing costs vs. salaries where I live, that is NOT something I want.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Yakk » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:37 am UTC

Weird. The only places around here that make you prepay are a handful of places, and only late at night.

Strange that.

(<- city of ~1 million population, but somewhat nearby city of ~5.5 million (4 hours drive) doesn't have prepay only as far as I knowl).
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby UmbralRaptor » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:14 am UTC

40-50 USD for a 15 gallon tank. (I typically put in somewhere over 14 gallons -- enough to fill it up. Then I check what my mileage was for that tank. Yay for a manual transmission Accord typically getting ~25-27 mpg?)

evilbeanfiend wrote:i fill up which is usually about £35 and i have a small car (about 32 litre capacity iirc). you yanks should quit complaining and start really paying for burning all that oil. :wink:

You do realize that the difference in prices is because of how much higher your gas taxes are, right? And that you have things like public transportation, sidewalks, and crosswalks...
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby evilbeanfiend » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:35 pm UTC

er, yes but so do you. the average car here also gets better mpg than in the states, high petrol prices are a good thing.

(also i'm pretty sure there are other factors involved in the price difference as well as tax)
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby hipp5 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:41 pm UTC

I'm hoping to find some long-lost Native heritage. Then I could get my status card and gas would be like 30 cents a liter.

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Postby 22/7 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:31 pm UTC

evilbeanfiend wrote:er, yes but so do you. the average car here also gets better mpg than in the states, high petrol prices are a good thing.

(also i'm pretty sure there are other factors involved in the price difference as well as tax)

Yes but our public transport is bare bones at best, and our crosswalk is miles long.
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Æshættr » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:02 pm UTC

I've also done the $13.37 thing. Sometimes I try to get it to a round number, or a round number of gallons (or pi gallons.) Lately, I've taken to exploiting the rounding and putting in extra fuel until the point just before the machine rounds up to the next cent.

Edit: I can also attest to the horrible state of public transportation in the U.S., it can take hours to get across a city (most public transit here is by bus) if you're not heading to a major transit center. In places like Paris, I can just hop on the metro for two euros and be anywhere in the city in a half hour or less.

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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby Aperfectring » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:43 pm UTC

In order for me to get to the closest commuter train station from my home, I would have to take the bus. Then I would have to transfer to a second bus. Then I would have to transfer to a third bus. Then I would have to transfer to a fourth bus. Then I get on the train, go 3 miles on the train. Then I get on a fifth bus, and finally make it to my office. I can go through that, take a bus&train route that will take ~30-45 mins LONGER than that (but have fewer transfers), or I can drive the 12 miles each way. I wonder which I will choose?
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Re: Gas purchase amounts

Postby LittleChrist » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:01 am UTC

Depending on the season, i put different octane levels in. During the winter I move down to 89 and during the summer I move up to either 91 or 93. However, I assume most people who buy Premium fuel drive exotic cars or motorcycles.
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