25 April 2008

Gas

This might come as a shock to my mother (she thinks she knows everything about me), but I don't pay attention to how much I pay at the gas pump. Here's my thought... if I pay attention, I'll know how much I'm getting raked over the coals. I claim ignorance and, they say, ignorance is bliss. Blissful indeed until I figured it out today.

At Costco in Woodinville today (the sheriff was in line and I selectively chose a lane far away... you know, just in case), the lanes for the driver side pumps were a mile long (it felt like it was, but we all know Costco's parking lot isn't THAT big) so I bellied up to a passenger side pump that had a max of three cars waiting (I also say "belly up to the bar" and I don't even drink alcohol, or serve alcohol, for that matter, but I still say it and I won't stop, in case you're wondering), figuring that I can pull the line across the back to the driver side where my tank is.

As a side note to this little story: the picture of the gas pump on your dash does NOT necessarily tell you which side your tank is on, contrary to this little legend (but wouldn't that make sense and why DON'T the auto manufacturers make it so, sheesh, I'm tired of cranking my head out the window to see which side mine is on --- no, I don't have a good enough memory to just know without looking sometimes).

As ANOTHER side note, this story isn't about which side of the car my tank is on.

Back to the original point of this post.

I paid $3.53 at Costco and drove by a Chevron a couple miles away that listed the same grade of gas for $3.75... that's 22 cents a GALLON! At that rate for 20 gallons I saved $4.40 today and spent it on a Kid's Meal Crisp Chicken Burrito Meal at Taco Time to celebrate (psst, I didn't have a kid with me)!

As another side note... the new BBQ Chipotle Chicken Burrito at TT is tasty but waaaayy too messy for any normal person to put up with.

{EDIT... yeah, it's $3.53 and $3.75, respectively, and I've made the change; see, I don't pay attention to gas prices! LOL}

14 comments:

b. said...

Ummm.....you paid TWO-something??

I totally know which side of the car my tank is on. The other day I pulled up, got out, and then had to jump back in and drive around to hit the other side. Apparently, my memory isn't good either.

Do they let you pump your own gas in WA?

Queen Scarlett said...

I don't even know what paying 2 dollars and something is like...We're raking in 3.67 at Costco and feeling like... wow. I still remember when i balked at 1.99 a gallon only 5 years ago. WTF indeed!

Britanny said...

I always use the passenger side pumps at Costco. It's Costco--of course they reach! Plus, the lines are always shorter for those pumps.

Monica said...

Seriously did you say $2.53 a gallon. Did you mean $3.53 because here in Utah I just paid $3.57. I would love gas under $3.00.

luckyzmom said...

I knew that about you!!!!

luckyzmom said...

PS - Love the sign. You must have changed the 2 to a 3 cause I see no 2. We are captive gas consumers and the gas companies are going to continue to gouge us until????? Perhaps if everyone in the US or maybe even world, chose a day, a week, a month or?, when we don't drive anywhere.

Noelle said...

if you get the costco amex card, you get 3% back on gas there. i finally caved to that credit card guy who is always lurking at the pumps when the price hit 3.50 at 7-eleven here. ouch. i too claim gas bliss ignorance. i just go to costco and hope they are still the cheapest.

compulsive writer said...

Brilliant post! Anymore I will even pay more at the grocery store for something I know is on sale somewhere else because I know it will cost me more to drive to somewhere else. It bites!

bridge said...

I am the only one here who is paying 3.95 a gallon!!! Yet another drawback to living in the Bay Area. But didn't you know the sunshine is lovely here?

david & kimi baxter said...

that is HI-larious!!!! WTF is right :)

Cafe Johnsonia said...

I love that picture. We have to put premium in our VW--it's up to $4+ here in NY. I started hyperventilating when I saw the sign at the Mobil station in my neighborhood.

Kimba said...

A naked girl! In church! I love it!

Geo said...

How come nobody I know, including myself, can remember which side the tank is on!

Sarah rhoads photo said...

lucky you have a beautiful little family :)