How often......

@MsTickle (24994)
Australia
March 8, 2010 8:26pm CST
do you put fuel in your car? Do you fill it up once a week? Do you put a dollar (or whatever your money is) amount in..say, $10 or $20? Do you wait till the tank is almost empty? I live a long way from anywhere to fill up so I travel long distances to shop and see the doctor. I tend to fill up and also I take extra containers to fill as well so I have fuel at home in case I run low. It's there in an emergency too and I can lend some to my friend if he runs out.
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28 responses
• United States
9 Mar 10
We just bought a Toyota Carolla a few months back and one of the awesome joys of it is the gas...we don't really travel that far especially in the winter but even if when we are to make long trips the gas mileage is great. I can't say for sure but I would guess that we get about 35 miles per gallon. We usually end up getting away with filling our tank about every three weeks and it costs us around $20.00. We used to have a Ford Explorer SUV and it would costs us about $42.00 to fill it and we were doing that about every two weeks...so it is a great save in my opinion.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
That is awesome. I think this should be a priority with manufacturers these days apart from hybrids. Well done.
@snoopyfan (1315)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Toyota's are great cars. I know they are all in the news lately but they are still my number one choice. Second is Honda you can't go wrong with either of them.
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• Canada
9 Mar 10
We usually fill the truck in my tank every payday! It usually never goes down more then 1/2 a tank, and it costs about $40.00 I'm in Canada too though so you guys get gas in gallons and we get it in litres! Not sure what it would work out to that way sorry!
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
We use litres too Purple so i understand what you are saying more than those who talking miles and gallons. LOL. In regard to your comment above on the Lamb's response, driving in the city is much less fuel efficient than driving on the open road...all the stop/start of city driving is less efficient than driving at the same speed over a period of time.
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• Canada
9 Mar 10
That is very true about the starting and stopping! I never thought of that! Oh wow! I just noticed something! I must have been a lot more tired then I thought when I wrote my response! The first sentence says "We usually fill the truck in my tank every payday!" I could see us filling the tank in the truck, but the truck in the tank? Hmmmmm interesting!
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
I saw what you wrote and I knew what you meant. It gave me a good chuckle, especially when you consider what we are talking about. Sometimes it must seem as though there is more tank than truck. LOL.
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• United States
15 Mar 10
I wait until the last minute to put gas in (or at least I used to). The "E" stands for "enough" to get to the next gas station, doesn't it?!
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
16 Mar 10
Exactly...that's brilliant...why didn't I think of it before...may I use it too??
• United States
16 Mar 10
LOL - You can use it, but I wouldn't suggest it, especially if it is a twenty or more mile trip just to get to the nearest gas station. I learned my lesson, too. One time I almost did not make it to the gas station, so now I try to keep at least a half a tank of gas in the car. Also, I feel a lot safer knowing that I can make it to the hospital without having to stop and fill the car up first. I doubt that the gas station attendant would take kindly to me bleeding all over the place just to have enough gas to get to the hospital to get stitched up.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
19 Mar 10
Oh dear...sorry, but that picture has me lol.
• United States
9 Mar 10
I usually put gas in my car about once a month I dont drive much so my gas lasts longer it usually takes about $30 to fill it up I wait until I have about 1/4 of a tank left before I put more in it.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
So how much is fuel per gallon over there? It's about an average $130 a litre here. A litre is about 1/5 of a gallon.
• United States
9 Mar 10
$130 per liter!? DANG!!!! its only about $2.59 per gallon here
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
10 Mar 10
Oh dear, silly me...I meant $1.30 which is still a lot compared to what you pay. The price of fuel is quite crippling here for low income earners.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I never let my car get below a quarter tank. I also live 15-20 miles from fuel. We figure we never know when we might need to make a fast emergency run. So I fill my car up by the time it reaches 1/4 tank. But, if I figure the gas is going up and my station might be the next, I top off my tank. Sometimes I have put off from filling up when I first pass the station in the morning, only to find, when I return in the afternoon, that it has gone up a good bit! That really upsets me! And it's going up daily again around here.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
10 Mar 10
Hi Barb, Yes, it's hard to know what to do in those circumstances. It was like that when I last lived in a major city. I tended to just get fuel from my normal place but then my boyfriend, who drove a cab and basically had to study fuel prices everywhere, would tell me how much cheaper the other garages were on my way to and from my work. Doh!
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
11 Mar 10
Well, there is only one station close (actually about 15 miles) to us where we buy gas. If I happen to be going to town, I'll wait and check out the price of gas there which is usually a little cheaper. But lately, it's been around the same. Yesterday, it was 2.69.9 when I went by in the morning. But, when I came through yesterday afternoon, it had gone down to 2.64.9, so I filled up! But tomorrow, it might be up again. That's how gas has been doing around here the past few months.
• United States
9 Mar 10
I fill up every two weeks, get anyways from 100-175 miles. I fill up at 1/2 tank. Don't travel that much, go to town every couple of days.
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• United States
9 Mar 10
I would say about $50.00 a month, that's USD.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
Hi robertjvan - I'm an Aussie and not very good at conversions, although by the looks of things you don't travel far at all. By the way - I love the way your star matches your hair in your avatar.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Sounds like ya have a goo dplan there. WE try to fill up some when we get to a quarter of a tank I used to like to do it at a half but Daughter useing mone for her avon so she fill s what she can at the time of fill think the last time was $30 I put in $10 or $20 when I can or need too.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
I vary my input sometimes with $20 if I can't afford to fill it. I filled up last time I was in town and came home with an almost full tank. If I drive steadily, I should get another 400klms out of my car. If it looks like I'm running low, I can top it up from my drum of spare fuel.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
9 Mar 10
yup ya can!
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@Wizzywig (7859)
9 Mar 10
Once it drops below the quarter full mark i usually do one more round trip to work and then fill up the tank. It usually takes about £43. The cheapest current cost round here is 110.9 pence per litre. I haven't used much lately as I've been off work but I have a lot of hospital appointments to attend over the next 4 or 5 weeks which will take more petrol than my normal working week... typically at a time where I'll only have half my usual income
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
You're paying more for fuel than we are, I think. Isn't it always the way?? I've been seeing the physiotherapist for 4 weeks. It's about $20 a round trip, plus his fee, plus I take the opportunity to shop a little . I did my budget before this occurred and there was nothing left to allow for it so now I'm hopelessly behind and no way to cut back any further on anything. Hope your appointments go well.
@Wizzywig (7859)
9 Mar 10
Yes, our fuel prices are high (my local garage is currently charging 114.9) At least, here in England, I dont have to pay for my treatment. Thanks for your good wishes.I hope your physio has been beneficial.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Hi MsTickle. I normally fill up my tank about 2 or 3 times a week. Sometimes my husband and I wait until it is low, while other times I may top it off well before we have to so that he doesn't have to worry about getting fuel when going to work....especially if he has a ways to go. Fortunately his boss has been keeping him working (although he has had two days off this week so far), so we can afford the gas, even if we can't afford much else. LOL Happy mylotting!
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
We sound like we are in much the same boat...except I don't have a husband. It's all a huge juggling act sometimes isn't it?
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
9 Mar 10
It sure is!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I put $20 in the tank about twice a week. I like to keep at least a half tank in case of an emergency. As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
You pick up your wife from work each day don't you Bob. Am I remembering correctly that she works a fair distance from home?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Not all that far really. Just 15 miles away. 6 nights a week I pick her up. As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
30 Apr 10
Good morning MsTickle, I fill my car up about once a week, when it starts to get to about an 1/8th of a tank. Depending on prices and which station I get gas at it's running right around $35. My car doesn't have a very big tank, nor does it get great gas mileage. I live in town and there are gas stations a plenty, so I really never have to worry about making it to one. Happy mylotting!
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
30 Apr 10
Good morning to you too beaniefanatic13. I remember what it's like to have fuel supplies on nearly every corner. I would always stop at the same place though as I'm a creature of habit. My ex drove a taxi cab so he was always on the lookout for the cheapest fuel. Where we lived was good because it was a good price most of the time.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
18 Mar 10
I will only put Petrol in the Car when I need to but I will not wait till it is empty lol I know how far my Car goes on the Diesel so I always roughly know when I have to put Diesel in I normally put about £15 into my Car
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
19 Mar 10
I reckon you get great mileage too Gabs.
@airakumar (1555)
• India
15 Mar 10
My house is very far from my office and so petrol is must in my car to go there. I don't like frequent filling so I prefer to fill the petrol in my car thrice or four times a month as per need. I fill of Rs. 1000 and when I go outing for just fun then it increases to one more time additional.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
16 Mar 10
Our cars are so necessary are they not?
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
12 Mar 10
Hello Ms Tickle, i used to fill it once per two week. The car is only used on saturday and sunday. The rest of it, i use motorcycle to minimized the cost of fuel. I never wait untill is empty cause i don't want the car stop in the middle my travel . And I put the money too, just in case i need cash immediately to pay the park, or something else. Have a nice travel.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
12 Mar 10
That's just great. I like that you dio your part to conserve fuel and I also like that you don't leave things to chance re fuel and ready cash to support your plans. Well done you.
@deedee328 (1127)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I absolutely refuse to let my car get below half a tank of gas. I, too live far from my children's doctor, so I make sure that my car always has plenty of gas. I fill the car up when I do stop for gas. It may sound crazy, but my car tends to get better gas milage the fuller the tank. I fill up an average of twice a week. I have just two stations that I purchase gas from.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
10 Mar 10
Is that right? Well that's great. I wonder how it works? I let my fuel run out one day and I was shocked to see I had driven and extra 100 klms past the red "empty" mark. When I say shocked, I mean pleasantly so. I'm really glad to know that little piece of information now. It's handy to know.
@Lochoa (222)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I usually don't let it go past 1/2 tank. They say if you let it go more then 1/2 a tank the gas goes quicker than a full tank. Not sure how true that is but I can't afford to waste more gas! I have a new car (1mo) so I noticed I can drive around for 2 weeks before it reaches 1/2 tank. The car before I used to have to fill it up every week b/c thats when it would reach 1/2 tank! Ouch!
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
10 Mar 10
I think that's just the way some gauges work...it takes a long time to reach the half way mark on the gauge and the second half goes more quickly. It just means that your half way point is in the wrong place. You are not actually using more fuel in the second half. Enjoy your new car.
@Detrox93 (107)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I fill my car up about once every two weeks. It costs around $35, because I don't let it run all the way down to empty. I am scared that the reading will be wrong and I will be stranded. I live within a few miles of a gas station, in fact there are at least 4 gas stations within 3 miles of where I live. I travel a lot of short distances daily and if I could change the order it would save a lot of travel time and gas.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
I live a long way from anywhere with little traffic in between and so I find it necessary to keep fuel on hand all the time. I have a 20 litre drum I like to keep in the garage - sometimes it comes in handy for myself and also sometimes for my friends.
• United States
9 Mar 10
I put gass on my car once a week, it cost me around $15, because I like to keep at least one quarter of the tank for some emergency. I have a very small car and very fuel efficient so I really don't pay that much, even when I live in NY and the gass here is very expensive here we are paying right now, around 2.80 dollars per gallon.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
10 Mar 10
It's not that expensive. If we were paying for fuel by the gallon (here in Australia, it would be costing us about $6.29. That's Australian dollars. Do you still think yours is expensive???
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I don't drive a lot, so I tend not to fill up very often. Unless it's winter, because I've heard that it's better to have a full tank if the temperatures drop below freezing. Usually when I do get gas, regardless of how much I get, the prices seem to drop the following day. I guess I'm doing my part to help every one else...
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
Hi catdla, The supermarkets control the price of fuel here in Australia these days. It feels like robbery because it seems there is nothing that can be done about it.
9 Mar 10
I usually fill the car once a week, and try to keep a couple of gallons in the tank before I fill up again. These days it costs quite a lot to fill the tank, but I need the car to get around. Your discussion has just reminded me, I need to make sure I have a couple of gallons in the container for emergencies
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Mar 10
I was having problems with my fuel tank and my fuel gauge was not working properly so I would carry a ten litre container of fuel with me everywhere. I think I only ever needed to use it twice and that was because I did not have the money to buy fuel. It was annoying to carry it though as the ruddy thing would tip over and the fuel would leak out...stinking the car out and wasting the fuel. My first container was a good one, but a friend borrowed it and it was stolen out of his car. I've since bought 3 more and all of them leaked.