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How often do you fill your gas tank?
« on: January 18, 2017, 07:27:31 PM »
...and how many gallons/how many dollars is it each time?

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 08:07:36 AM »
Retired with a Yaris. Every 2 weeks, $23.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 08:10:05 AM »
Around every 10 days, $30.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 08:13:35 AM »
About every other week, about 15 gallons of premium (~18 gal tank), and about $45.  Usually tack on a $10 car wash that drops the price about $.20 a gallon too this time of year, to get the salt off.

My wife spends about the same, smaller tank so she gets ~10 gallons a time every week or so.  Also premium, about $30-35/tank.   

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2017, 08:21:20 AM »
Averages to about once per month. A touch under 20 gallons of premium, but usually get a break due to the grocery rewards card taking 20-60 cents off per gallon. My wife fills up about once a month as well, but only about 13 gallons of standard grade. Since her car is more fuel efficient, we tend to take it on trips; that means a couple extra tanks a few times a year.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2017, 08:29:21 AM »
Usually every 2 weeks, 11 gallon tank. I usually pay with gas gift cards purchased for 20% off.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2017, 08:31:21 AM »
Whenever the orange metric fuel level low dash light illuminates. viz,:



It takes approximately 16 US Gal to fill the tank from there ($30-$40) and that leaves me good-to-go for about 400 stat. miles until it is time to repeat. How many days that is depends on how much I drive, which is  quite variable, depending on the needs of my work.

Driving for work is reimbursed @53.5 cents per mile so a whole tankful of business travel converts to about 180 USD to squander on dangling air-fresheners shaped like little trees and colored LED ropes to hang around the passenger windows...

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2017, 08:57:35 AM »
Usually every 2 weeks, 11 gallon tank. I usually pay with gas gift cards purchased for 20% off.

That's an interesting idea. Where do you find cards at 20% off?

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2017, 08:58:46 AM »
Roughly every two to three weeks, depending. Last time was Tuesday, $28 for around 12 gallons of regular.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2017, 09:46:09 AM »
Every 5-6 days, $20.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2017, 09:49:09 AM »
Probably every 2.5 weeks for about $22 a tank and can stretch it to 3-4 weeks when I ride the train.  I drive a hybrid.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2017, 10:07:37 AM »
It depends heavily on just how snowed in we are this winter...

Usually the car gets filled about once a week with 6-8 gallons.  I don't like to run it below half a tank (we live in a rural area), so I'll fill it when I'm out if it's below 5/8ths.  I'm planning on replacing most of these miles with a Leaf at some point, once their prices drop enough.  Model 3 & Bolt should nicely crater used Leaf prices...

The truck varies wildly.  Sometimes I'll fill it twice a month, other times it goes long enough that I have to remember to put winterizer in the rear tank before it gets cold.  I'd say it gets filled every 2 months on average, for about $40 (I usually run the front tank down, and a few gallons out of the rear, then refill it).  It gets used when we need a truck for something, or a six passenger vehicle.  Or, recently, because the car can't get out of the driveway.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2017, 10:12:34 AM »
Usually every 2 weeks, 11 gallon tank. I usually pay with gas gift cards purchased for 20% off.

That's an interesting idea. Where do you find cards at 20% off?
Our supermarket runs a promotion probably once or twice a month where you can purchase a $50 gas card for $40 for every $50 of groceries you buy. We time our stockups to coincide with these sales and can usually get 2 cards. 1 card will get us through about a month's worth of driving depending on gas prices.
Bonus: the 50 minimum is before you add coupons so I'll stack high value coupons to get us to the threshold and end up paying much less.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2017, 10:49:01 AM »
Usually every 2 weeks, 11 gallon tank. I usually pay with gas gift cards purchased for 20% off.

That's an interesting idea. Where do you find cards at 20% off?
Our supermarket runs a promotion probably once or twice a month where you can purchase a $50 gas card for $40 for every $50 of groceries you buy. We time our stockups to coincide with these sales and can usually get 2 cards. 1 card will get us through about a month's worth of driving depending on gas prices.
Bonus: the 50 minimum is before you add coupons so I'll stack high value coupons to get us to the threshold and end up paying much less.

That's great. I used to be happy with my 5% cash back on gas card, but now...

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2017, 10:55:25 AM »
Usually every 2 weeks, 11 gallon tank. I usually pay with gas gift cards purchased for 20% off.

That's an interesting idea. Where do you find cards at 20% off?
Our supermarket runs a promotion probably once or twice a month where you can purchase a $50 gas card for $40 for every $50 of groceries you buy. We time our stockups to coincide with these sales and can usually get 2 cards. 1 card will get us through about a month's worth of driving depending on gas prices.
Bonus: the 50 minimum is before you add coupons so I'll stack high value coupons to get us to the threshold and end up paying much less.

That's great. I used to be happy with my 5% cash back on gas card, but now...

The supermarket is Publix for those of you who have one nearby. They are running the promotion this weekend.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2017, 11:05:11 AM »
I use about 6 to 7 gallons every week and I have been paying about $1.85 to $1.99 a gallon. 

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2017, 11:07:22 AM »
12 gallon tank, refilled every 2 weeks or so for about $24.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2017, 11:08:06 AM »
I fill it about once every 7-10 days (I drive a lot for work), maybe ~$25 each time. The tank is somewhere around 13 gallons but I usually fill about 10 gallons when I go, I almost never let it get all the way down to empty.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2017, 11:33:52 AM »
Once a week, ~16 gallons, whatever the going rate for 89 octane is at the time.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2017, 11:57:26 AM »
I fill up when it hits 1/4 tank, just like my daddy taught me.

It takes ~11 gallons to fill up, with a 13 gallon tank. Usually every 3-6 weeks. Costs $35-45. My car demands premium. VROOOOM!

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2017, 01:09:21 PM »
Twice a week. About 14 gallons each time.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2017, 01:12:48 PM »
I started commuting to work on the light-rail in January, so now only once a month maybe, ~15 gallon tank so ~$30. 

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2017, 01:35:28 PM »
Depends on which car I'm driving.  The toyota is every three weeks, 16 gallons, and around $40.  The smart car is every five/six weeks, 8 gallons (premium) $22.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2017, 01:45:55 PM »
Routinely, about once a week.  Usually 7-8 gallons and $18-20 these days.  Small car with small gas tank and not quite as good MPG as the gas tank size would imply.

If on crazy road trip, about every four hours.
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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2017, 01:48:34 PM »
We go to Costco every friday night.

Put maybe $12 each week into our prius.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2017, 01:53:51 PM »
3-4 times/wk. 20-25 gallons at a time of diesel. Seems very unmustachian at first, but it's all a business write off. I deliver baked goods for a living with a pickup and trailer... if I'm driving I'm making money, so I don't sweat it too much. There are other places I try to cut cost.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2017, 02:12:00 PM »
~12 gallons roughly every 8 work days unless we go visit grandma. We carpool so the other car sits idle.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2017, 02:16:43 PM »
Less than once a month, for about $29 each time.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2017, 02:54:01 PM »
Toyota Prius. Try to only fill up once/month but sometimes it's more like around holidays. It's under $20. We drive for vacations though and count that gas in our vacation budget since that is optional. We could fly or just not take vacation.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2017, 03:48:20 PM »
Approximately 1 time a month without considering a trip to my parents house in a town about 160 miles away from where I live.  I do that about every other month which generally leads me to an additional 2 fill ups.

ETA 10 gallons normally so less than $30 a fill up.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2017, 03:56:22 PM »
Average over the year to about once per month. $30-40. We are a 1 car household with three adults using the same vehicle (for a few months), occasional use by another sibling, and when my in-laws are in town they have free rein to use the vehicle. In general, we use it 1-2 per week (currently), more when the in-laws are visiting.

I think the last time we filled it up was sometime before the holidays? Have a little under half a tank.

FWIW, individually I put more miles on my bike than we collectively do in our car. So does my husband, and the sibling who has shared use of the car while he's in town.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2017, 04:55:35 PM »
Every 3-4 weeks for me, depending on how much I drive out of town for outdoor sports. 
Cost varies, but it's a 12 gallon tank, usually fill around 11 gallons.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #32 on: January 19, 2017, 05:09:57 PM »
http://i.imgur.com/9o4PW9Z.png

I drove another car through most of the summer, though.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #33 on: January 19, 2017, 05:11:28 PM »
Costco every week with only about 1/4 tank left.  It has been right around $20 for 10 gallons or so.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2017, 05:15:26 PM »
35-40 gallons every 5-8 weeks. When it gets low I try to keep an eye on prices for a while and see if the trend is up or down and where the lowest price is.

If it's been nice weather and I'm on the bike 2 gal/wk unless I go for a longer pleasure ride on the weekend then double or triple that.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #35 on: January 19, 2017, 08:16:53 PM »
Unfortunately we need to figure out how to improve this.  January so far:

19-Jan-17   $37.75    Speedway
15-Jan-17   $20.01    Gulf Oil
13-Jan-17   $40.10    Speedway
9-Jan-17   $38.96    Byrne Dairy
6-Jan-17   $17.56    Byrne Dairy
4-Jan-17   $38.51    Byrne Dairy
4-Jan-17   $22.02    Gulf Oil
4-Jan-17   $9.02    Speedway

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2017, 01:45:08 AM »
Every week or so. About $8.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2017, 02:04:14 AM »
Roughly every 7-8 weeks.  The interwebs tell me my tank holds 11 gallons, and I Usually fill up when it is below 1/4 tank, but before the light comes one, so maybe 9.5 gallons?  I don't really pay attention to the amount, or to the price, because buying on bas is way cheaper than buying on the economy, and I can't not buy gas, so the exact price is irrelevant. 

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2017, 03:43:56 AM »
Once a week. Every Wednesday morning before work. Usually between 4 and 5 gallons in a 2013 Honda Fit. I don't like to let it get low since the fuel in the tank cools the fuel pump. I'd like to avoid having to replace that prematurely. I know the gas tank is under the front seat and I'm not sure how much of the car you would need to dismantle to get to the pump.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2017, 03:45:54 AM »
Only when I drive out of state.

(Unless plugging it in counts.)

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2017, 04:57:24 AM »
Once a week
20$
10gal tank
44 mile round trip to and from work

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #41 on: January 20, 2017, 05:26:53 AM »
I fill up every 10 days

15 gallons, ~$42-45 per tank.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #42 on: January 20, 2017, 05:08:35 PM »
Every 5-6 days approx $10.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2017, 05:18:37 PM »
Maybe once every month or two?

I figured out that driving a truck (Silverado) and working from home is far more "green" than any Prius driver who commutes an hour to work every day.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2017, 05:20:17 PM »
Every 3-4 weeks or so.  $30-40 for 11-12 gallons of 93 octane

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2017, 05:32:06 PM »
If you meant to say "refuel" then the answer is every night, when I plug in.  We average 83 cents worth of power each recharge, about $25 per month.  It works out to about 2.5 cents per mile.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #46 on: January 27, 2017, 10:41:50 PM »
Sol, what car do you drive? Is there a lot of variation in the energy efficiency of electric cars? Just curious.

It's a 2012 Leaf SL:  http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/buying-a-nissan-leaf/

There are variations in efficiencies to be had in the motor design (the Teslas lose on this front) but the associated range loss is easily overcome with a larger battery pack.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #47 on: January 28, 2017, 09:25:03 AM »
Rav4 in a rural area.  I fill up every 2 weeks unless we drive for a special trip out of town.  Its about 24.00 a visit. 

I budget 50.00 a month for gas.  Husband's gas is all covered by his employer....I don't even want to think about how much gas he puts on his employer gas card.  He probably fills up anywhere from once to twice a week depending on the week.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #48 on: January 28, 2017, 02:22:32 PM »
About once a month, 13 gallons, about $32.

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Re: How often do you fill your gas tank?
« Reply #49 on: January 28, 2017, 02:45:47 PM »
About every 3 weeks, 8 gallons, for about $18.  Probably about $350/year.