This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Now that gas prices keep rising rapidly, most of us are looking for ways to save money. Well, that was the idea I had in mind the other day when it was time to fill up my gas tank.
I should mention that due to a preparedness mindset, I try not to go too far below half a tank of gas, maybe a quarter tank at the very least, when I go fill up again. This way, if something happens that we have to leave quickly, we don’t have to worry about stopping for gas right away. So I was not desperate to find gas.
I thought I’d try finding a cheaper gas station than the one in my area by using one of those gas price shoppers. The gas station in my area is very clean with nice amenities like paper towels, window squeegies, and glass cleaners always filled up and ready. I like that gas station, but lately, their prices are at least .10 per gallon higher than everywhere else. So I kept driving a few blocks past my familiar areas until I got to the gas station I found on the website. This one was the exact opposite: the trash cans were overflowing, with litter strewn around the sidewalks. The area was also run down. But it was .15 per gallon cheaper, so I was willing to put up with the inconvenience. I looked around and saw there were a couple other cars over at the next aisles filling up. I went to pay for my gas in cash. Because I don’t like to attract attention I left my purse in the seat, covered with a jacket, with only my cash and my pepper spray in my pocket. As I was filling up the tank, a beat up looking truck pulled up really close to my car. A burly man in a white tanktop and loose overalls came out of his truck and approached me. There was no place to go, all I could do was keep my pepper spray in my hand. He asked me if I was from the area, I said no. Then he said, can I spare a few bucks so he can get some gas, and I told him sorry, I spent my last dime on the gas I just put in. He seemed to hesitate, got in his truck and went to the next aisle where the other people were filling up. I quickly replaced the nozzle and took off.
Whew! I sure was lucky he was just “asking” for money! I would not have been so lucky if he was there to rob me. He could have blocked me with his truck and threatened me somehow where would that have ended up? I had the pepper spray which gave me a bit of confidence but you still never know.
I told my husband about my misadventure and he asked me how much as I saving. I told him, to which he said, at $0.15 per gallon, even if you put in 20 gallons, you would have only save $3, is that worth your life? That certainly puts it into perspective. Now I am not so gung ho about saving a couple of bucks if it means compromising my safely. This just goes to show, some money saving tips my sound good on paper, but not so great in the real world.
Still, I have not given up in my money saving quests, I’ll just be more choosy about which tips to try next time.
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