Gas prices around town are going down. The price at one local Shell station dropped ten cents in 3 days.
A gas station worker shared a few tips so you can get more bang for your buck. He says that Wednesdays are the best time to gas up because there are fewer people driving midweek, so many stations drop the prices. Plus, if you gas up early in the morning, the gas is more tightly compressed because of the cooler temperatures.
That means you'll get more gas in your tank for the price.
The amount of money you pay at the pump depends on the competitor's price, and the demand. The people we spoke with today said that they pick their place based on convenience.
Drivers at this gas station say the most price shopping they do is glance up at the near-by signs when it's time to fill the tank. "I just keep an eye out when I'm driving," says Gene Cutchin.
Many people think it's a waste of time to scope out the better deals. Michael Gilley says, "It's all about the same so I never shop around for gas prices, I just stop where I'm at," but stations are always competing and the prices are constantly changing. A store worker says he checks the prices at the closest competitor stations 3 times a day. The store then decides if their prices need to be adjusted.
We checked out the numbers, and it turns out that price shopping may be worthwhile. The lowest price to get gas in Tallahassee is $3.45 a gallon, while the highest price is $3.75 a gallon. That would save the average person with a 16 gallon tank more than $5 per fill.
Gas prices in the same town can vary as much as 38-cents per gallon. People who are pinching for pennies can go to the business section of our website at wctv.tv. There, you can check out where the best deals are in your area.