For the last couple of months, I’ve been putting gas in my car while my brother uses it up. At my present rate, I am put $20 worth of gas in every other day. I wasn’t expecting to put in this much but the gas meter always seems to be close to empty when I get the car. I don’t want to risk the chance of the car dying half way to work so I fill up before leaving town. It’s starting to burn a hole in my pocket. Since the beginning of the month, I’ve pumped $150 worth of gas already.
I don’t pay for gas by cash. I pump $20 worth of gas and charge it to my credit card. By doing soon, I get points on my credit card and I get points on my Esso card. Esso is the leading gas stations around here. There located all over the place. I find it more convenient to pay for gas this way because I don’t have to wait.
When I get to the gas pump, I just wave my Speed Pass across the reader and then I start pumping. The Speed Pass is that black thing on the right hand side of my key chain. It’s been registered to me and attached to my credit card. Basically, it’s the same thing as a credit card only I don’t have to swipe and sign after I’m done pumping gas. I just wave it over the reader, pump the amount of gas that I want and then drive off.
After a certain hour, you have to pay for you gas before you can pump it. They are doing it that way because there was a time when gas price were so high that people would pump and then drive off. I do that too but my way is legal. I haven’t heard of anyone doing that recently but then again gas prices have been pretty low lately.
It’s not low according to what the price gas were before. I remember when gas was $0.40/L back in the day. It’s just considered low compared to the price of gas a few months ago when gas was dangling around $1/L mark. Around Hamilton, the prices of gas is average $0.80/L to $0.85/L but in Mississauga the price averages approximately $0.75/L to $0.80/L. It’s not a big difference but it’s big enough for me. I rarely pump gas in Hamilton anymore. I just wait until I go to work and then pump gas there. I end up saving some money. I think that by pumping gas in Mississauga, I eventually get a free tank of gas every month. The calculations are as follows:
A) Pumping in Mississauga yields $0.75/L and I usually pump $20 worth of gas which will give me 26.7L. I pump about once every other day. On average and for the sake of argument, there are thirty days per month so I’m pumping gas for fifteen days out of the month. Visiting the gas station fifteen times a month would mean that I will be pumping 400.5L worth of gas.
B) Pumping in Hamilton yields $0.85/L and I usually pump $20 worth of gas which will give me 23.5L. I pump about once every other day. Again, on average and for the sake of argument, there are thirty days per month so I’m pumping gas for fifteen days out of the month. Visiting the gas station fifteen times a month would mean that I will be pumping 352.5L worth of gas.
The difference between pumping in Mississauga and pumping in Hamilton is about 48L per month. So if I continue to pump gas in Mississauga at an average of $0.75/L, I’ll be saving myself $36 per month. It takes about $30 to get the gas meter to read full hence my free tank of gas.
On my way to work, there are two gas stations from the 403 entrance to Hurontario until Burnhamthorpe. Actually, there are three but I don’t drive all the way to Burnhampthorpe. I only use that gas station to get free air for my tires. Anyway, I’ll pass by a Shell station first. If that price of gas at that station is low, the Esso down the street is usually lower. So I judge the price of Esso by the price of Shell. Majority of the time Esso is lower by at least $0.005, if not more. It’s not a big difference but it adds up. I don’t know why it’s cheaper in Mississauga since it’s supposed to be more expensive to live there. I guess they get some sort of discount for being a new booming city.