Gas Taxes

@webeishere (36351)
United States
May 26, 2007 11:49pm CST
We all know now how bad it is to be able to just drive anywhere for a short trip for no reason. With gas hovering or above $3 in most places it has cut down all my fun drives just to sight see nature and all within 25 miles of my home. Now I want to know if you use the same gas station near you as a friendly neighbor supplying income to the local bussiness man/woman or do you find the station that is the cheapest and fill up there? Myself I use the same station since I bought our house. I love the idea of helping out the community in this way supporting the local man. There are a few stations just as close that are 3 to 10 cents cheaper but I love the friendliness of my local SA station. I like that they know what I need as far a ssmokes etc when I walk in the door at 11:30 p.m. I like that they know my name. So I let them have my business over the lower priced unfriendly stations. What's your takew on this? Do you shop/drive till you find gas a dime cheaper or do you support the local corner station? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@dixielol (1581)
• United States
27 May 07
I am from a REALLY SMALL town. There is only 1 gas station that is actually in the same "city". (Though I think its to small to be called that. Most people call it a bump in the road) The next one is about 10 minutes away & again, only one. Then there are a few more when you get into the real city (still small compared to most places) Its about 30 minute drive but there are several there. The only 1 thats in my town though, well the owners are terrable people. Everyone hats them & not many people buy there gas there. I wont go in there unless Im out of ciggarats & dont have time to go any were else. I will make the 10 min. drive if I can though just so I dont have to go in this horrable store. The owners are just so horrable, oh my god, its unbelievable. It's a man & woman, in there 50s or 60s I think. One day I was in there buying some chips. This woman came in. Of course being a small town, everyone knows each other. So everyone knew that her huspband, who had always supported her as she had never had a job, recently got cancer & was no longer able to work. They had a sign up saying they were hireing. Anyway, this nice lady (sunday school teacher, mother of 4, give to charity, always bought for school fund raisers, you know the type, just nice as can be) comes in & asks for an application. Now this woman wasnt fat but a little pudgy. I would say about 160-170 pounds. These stupid owners tell her "Well, we only hire the young skinny pretty girls. It attracts more customers". I was so mad, I went off on them & told them how hatefull they was. The lady started crying & left before that though. Then another time, my sister's huspband had just went to jail. He had written a check to this store right before that & she didnt know it. The money wasnt in the bank to cover it so the bank sent it back. Instead of calling & telling her nicely, the woman owner calls my house (sister didnt have a phone. Again, small town, everyone knows these things) She leaves this message on my answering machine: "You have a check here. I dont care if your low life no good huspband is in jail. if you dont come & pick this check up by Wednesday morning, by 10 AM I will take it to the court house & file charges." Now this was on Monday night. The store hours are 6:00 AM-6:00 PM. My sister was at the time working from 6-6 & it was a 45 min. drive to & from work & the owner knew this. So sis asked me to go pick up the check. I walked in, with camera in hand, & start makeing pictures. Now this store cooks & sells pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, & other foods. They have a fat old mangey dog that stays in the store. This dog stays behind the counter & they pet it as they prepair food to sell. So I go in makeing picture of this dog & the workers petting it with one hand, cooking with the other. The owners aske what Im doing. Guess what I tell them. "Oh, well when you are at the courhouse turning that check in of my sisters on Wednesday I will be across the road talking to the health inspector. See you then" Needless to say, they followed me out to my car. I told them that they have no right talking to customers the way they do. I then made them call my sister & the lady who brought the application in before & appologise for being an insensitve as$. Then we agreed that they would throw her returned check away & i would deleate the pictures. Ok, sorry. That was along story. I have insomnia & cant sleep so Im board:) Guess I should've said "No, I go out of my way to AVOID the local gas station" That would've been alot quicker. Ok, okay, I'll stop rambling now. Put the pitch fork & burning stakes down....haha
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@vitekfdr (651)
• United States
27 May 07
unfortunately the gas prizes in New York are up to $ 3.49 per gallon. And this rise limits the ability to drive far distances. And i don't know what to do next. And i can't afford to buy much gass and that's a pitty.
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• United States
27 May 07
I look for the cheapest gas i can find but within a mile or 2 from my home otherwise I'm spending that extra I'm saving just to get there and fill up. I think gas prices is outreagous, and we can get it cheaper!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
27 May 07
I would support the local gas stations and businesses. It is too expensive to drive around finding the cheapest gas. When gas is this expensive, a dime doesn't make a lot of difference, at least not as much as it would if gas was half a much. It would be hard to give up those nature trips. I think I would walk or ride a bike.
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@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
27 May 07
My friend has the local fuel outlet, we live 60 klms from the next fuel stop in one direction and well over 100klms in any of the other directions. He makes very little on the deal certainly not enough to cover his costs, supplying fuel to the locals and neighboring farms as a community service. He The farms can actually get fuel cheaper because they get a gov't rebate. Some of the locals get their fuel from him but many don't because it's 2 cents cheaper in town. The idiots! They don't allow for the fact that he has to pay extra to get it here, and also the cost of travelling to town to fill up. LOl. I'd know I'd be lost without it right at my door. By the same token, I only drive when I absolutely have to. Much as I'd love to take off and explore and photograph the district where i live during all the different seasons, I content myself with walking around the immediate vicinity.
@avonrep1 (1862)
• United States
27 May 07
I am cheap and will go to the closest station that is the cheapest. I do have my favorite station though where I go to get my smokes and pop. I prefer getting gas there, but when prices rise like last week it was $3.23 a gallon then every station in town jumped up to $3.59 a gallon, except for three stations in town. I ran over to Wal-mart where there is a Murphy's Gas station and waited in line for 15 minutes to get it at $3.20 a gallon (cause I had a Wal-mart gift card I saved 3 cents a gallon.) I have stopped driving my car for the most part though. We have been walking or riding bikes or public transportation. I went from using a tank a week to a tank to a tank and a half a month. It is my way of saying FU to high gas prices.
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@dawnrm69 (1174)
• United States
27 May 07
Stores like this is nice and well I dont have a car at this time If at all possible I would try to get it cheaper but too in the past I have found out that when you do that you end up gettting bad gas! I hope it comes down! Well thank you for this one and I am sorry I am not into really saying much at this time for I am upset and well I will just say I hope to get a job this week! I need to go to work yesterday! Have a good one
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• India
27 May 07
That depends on your state and locality. Some states and local governments apply taxes to gas in addition to the 18.4 cent/gal federal tax. Some states also charge sales tax on top of that. Some states charge n, others based on the sale amount ($). Many localities also levy various taxes for general transportation programs and the like. You'd have to check your state and locality for exact taxes at any particular gas station. http://www.gaspricewatch.com/usgastaxes.asp
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@GardenGerty (125577)
• United States
28 May 07
The station we most often use just happens to be the cheapest, as well. They usually offer a midgrade gas at the same price or lower than their lower grade, and we get great fuel mileage from them, as well. I can be in the car, and hubby goes into fuel and the clerk will come on over the loudspeaker and say "Hi, Heather!" if she knows I am in the car waiting.
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
28 May 07
Here in my city Grandpa Bob, the gas stations are very near with each other. In one corner one sees a gas station and in the next corner there is another gas station. In a 5 kilometer route, say from my home to the place where I work. I could pass by as many as 5 gasoline stations. Gasoline stations here are very competitive but most of the time, they just have the same pricing.