I’m officially a gas price water now. I signed up as a spotter at Gas Price Watch, a website where everyday people can list the gas prices in their area so that others can find the cheapest gas in town.
The fact that I had to pay $33.50 to fill up my little tiny gas tank had me downright livid today. The cheapest price I could find was $2.65 at the Costco. And yes, I know that is cheap – NJ is famous for having cheap gas. But we have high property taxes, so it balances out now, doesn’t it?
So anyway, on the way home, knowing I was going to be getting gas, I decided to take notes on all the gas stations I pass to and from work. I pass a total of 8 stations and the cheapest price was Costco. The price on 6 of the 8 was $2.99 for regular. Another station had $2.73 and might be an alternative for me because there was NO ONE getting gas there when I drove by tonight (whereas Costco was jam-packed and I waited 20 minutes to get gas (and I was in the SHORT lane)).
Curiously, three of the stations I drive by weren’t even listed at the website, so I added them and they should show up in the next couple of days. Since I have to fill my tank once a week it’s going to be rough paying $30+ per week just to get to work. That’s $120 a month. Thank God I don’t pay tolls in addition to that anymore. But if prices go up much more I may see if I can telecommute one day a week for a couple months just to save the gas. Another alternative is to carpool with a guy at my company that lives just a couple minutes away from me. His hours are 7-4 p.m., which Mr. Russell might not like but that may be a better solution to telecommuting. Anyway, don’t know if my bosses will go for it (maybe Mr. Russell will, since he commutes from Princeton himself), but I’m certainly going to do some begging if need be.
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