I consider myself a pretty loyal guy when it comes to being a customer. I frequent the same stores, restaurants, even gas stations. Lately I’ve realized when I’m out of state it is awfully tempting to fill up the tank.
Recently, I filled up in West Hartford at the place where I always go, and paid $4.09 a gallon. Two days later, while on vacation in Newport, Rhode Island I filled up again, and paid $3.77 a gallon! That is a savings of $.32 cents a gallon and for a 22 gallon tank, that is an extra $7.04 I kept in my wallet. Fill up weekly and that’s a savings of $366 a year.
When I’m home a tank lasts me about 10 days or so, but for people who drive long distances to work and have to fill up every couple of days that’s a big chunk of change. I’ve had people who work or live near the borders tell me they regularly fill up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to save money. I didn’t realize how much they were saving until I experienced it myself. We live in Hartford, so it doesn’t make sense for me to travel a half hour or so just to get gas, but if you live in Enfield or Stonington, it might.
Why is it more expensive here? Connecticut has one of the highest gas taxes in the nation. According to the National Petroleum Institute, our gas tax is the third highest in the continental United States. Still, Connecticut gas is a relative bargain compared to what I paid in Hawaii two years ago.
What are you paying?
Also read one of my driving tales: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/my-close-call-in-traffi/