Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A little help with your gas

Two things I learned this morning, both to do with putting gas in that little guzzler you drive to work every day.

1) Ground-breaking news in my in-box this morning, courtesy of Mum.

Have you ever rented or borrowed a car and when arriving at the petrol station wondered...mmm, which side is the petrol filler cap?My normal solution was to stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look, try to see in the side mirrors or even get out of the car. Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to share with you a little secret: if you look at your petrol gauge, you will see a small icon of a petrol pump. The handle of the petrol pump will extend out on either the left or right side of the petrol pump. If your tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left. If your tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right (see photo). It's that simple!

2) As seen on GMA

www.MyGallons.com offers money-saving gas cards, allowing you to lock-in today's per-gallon rate for a specified, pre-paid dollar amount. So, if gas is $4.30 per gallon right now, you could be $100 of gas, or 10 gallons and, even if gas prices go up to $4.50 per gallon, you still get 10 gallons for your $100. They even have a handy little savings calculator based upon the number of miles you drive per year and your average MPG. Even based upon my meagre driving, it estimates I could save $275 a year. There is a $29.95 membership fee but if you do not save money on at least one redemption throughout the subscription year, they will refund 100% of your first year's membership fee. The card is accepted at all stations accepting USBank's Voyager card and they have a station locator on their site. Even up here in the 'ghetto, I could find several stations within 2 miles of me.

Yes, just call me your newest consumer watchdog.

(As an aside, the damn Washington Post/Harvard Review called again last night. These people are gluttons for punishment. Only this time they got me and I wasn't as nice as Hubby. Don't think they will call again. )

1 comment:

e said...

Well, since Ralph Nader has pretty much gone off the deep end, we need someone new to look out for our interests, and I nominate you.

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