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gaspumps030411_optBY PAM LOBLEY

As gas prices soar, we drivers are always looking for ways to save money on filling up. Now there is a website to help:

Websites that help you compare prices are nothing new. I’ve used,, and I’ve also spent time wildly clicking back and forth between Amazon, Target and Toys "R" Us to get the best prices on toys at Christmas.

Gasbuddy lets you enter your zip code and quickly find the cheapest gas near you. I was able to find $3.26 at a BP station just one town away. The question remains, would I go out of my way to get that price, or would I stay closer to home and pay almost 40 cents more a gallon?

I just filled my tank on Thursday, and I think I paid $3.29, or something like that. On Friday, driving around, I noticed the prices had gone up already. I don’t use a lot of gas, so I guess by the time I need another fill up the price will be close to $4.00. By then, I may be willing to drive to another town to fill up. Of course, the station in question is on the way to Target, so I’ll probably stop in there on my way home. I can’t get out of Target without spending less than $50 (on stuff I need, really need!), so maybe I should just stay close to home and pay a little more at the pump.

Gasbuddy has more than just price information. It features a blog, written by Patrick DeHaan, a gasoline price expert. Chances are, you’re only there for the price quote, but in case you’d like some thoughts on crude oil prices, front month contracts, and distillate inventories, this blog is for you.

Gasbuddy also has a fascinating map of the United States that shows — by county — gas prices throughout the United States. Be very glad you don’t live in California.

The site also offers gas saving tips, lets you download a gasbuddy app for your phone, and review historical price charts. Hint: the price always goes up.

The site is also crammed with advertisements, which is a clue that the site is a huge success. Price comparison is big business, helping all of us conscientious consumers consume more conscientiously.

I hope someone comes up with a wine buddy site. That’s the kind of fill up I’ll really use.

Pam Lobley writes the “Now That’s Funny” column. Sign up for her mailing list at


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Comments (1)
1 Monday, 19 December 2011 17:26
William Jeandron
If mostly all of us that have smart phones, and there should be thousands if not millions of them stuck together we could control our own gas price competition to lower prices to where we want them and not where the rich oil companies want them. Just let everyone know where the cheapest gas is being sold and no one buy gas anywhere that costs more. It must be happening where I live because there are three gas stations on a highway intersection. All were about $3.05 last week now one lowered there price to $2.99 now two of the three are at $2.99. If we stick together and only buy from the lowest price the cost will have to come down because the other two won't sell any until they lower their prices. People wake up and let's stick together.

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