Gas Stations Informative - Tip For Getting Cash Price At the Pumps

Review by S on 2008-09-14
Not sure if this was covered in the past on here, but I thought it might be worth mentioning.

Most of the gas stations near my house offer a discount (10-15 cents/gallon) if you pay cash. Cash is always a pain, since most pumps are pre-pay and you have to guess how much to put in, and you are either over and have to go in and get a refund, or you are under and you don't fill up all the way.

Well I recently found out all the gas stations by my house also accept debit cards for the "cash" price. So you get the benefit of a credit card, and the price of cash.

Might be worth checking out at your local pumps...
Comments:11 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-09-15
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-09-14:
around these parts, gas is the same as credit or cash. and the local pumps have taken debit cards for many years.
Posted by D. on 2008-09-14:
I wondered about that, regarding using the card as a debit instread of credit ... I've seen gas stations around here offering gas for five cents less than credit cards, but one of them gives a .25 discount for using cash...Thanks again Sparty!

How's Jake doing???? We need some new pics!
Posted by S on 2008-09-14:
Yeah we see some pretty good discounts at the pump for cash around here. It is really crazy right now with the gas prices shooting up, some places have like 3.80, others have 4.10 right across the street.

Our best cash price was 3.59 a few weeks back.

DB - Mr. Jake is doing very well! He is over a 100 pounds now and still terrorizing the neighborhood... I'll see if I can find some new pictures to post...
Posted by yoke on 2008-09-14:
Here the debit card is the same as cash.
Posted by D. on 2008-09-14:
I knew Jake would grow up to be the boss of the neighborhood...after seeing him with the "King's" head in his mouth...that's my boy!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-14:
Good post and info Spart. Costco only takes debit cards and AMEX. I think they should give a further discount for using a debit card. You know they are paying AMEX a fair amount in processing fee's. I always use AMEX for the points, but I would use a debit card if there was an inceptive to do so.
Posted by Nohandle on 2008-09-14:
Super, AmEx charges the highest rate to a business, well above Visa and MC. If those rates are negotiable I'm unaware of it. In this area Sparticus I don't know of any gas station offering a discount for cash. I wish they did because I always pay with cash. Good information for those who have an option.
Posted by Dan on 2008-09-14:
Thanks for the tip, I'll check with the stations by me. Although, I don't know that the cash discount will help much down here in NC for those that buy gas (I have a diesel)Since the pipeline for NC shutdown before Ike hit last Friday I have seen prices anywhere from $3.89 to $5.29, seems like price gouging to me. At least diesel has remained the same though out the weekend at $4.09
Posted by MRM on 2008-09-14:
Chemman, its a good thing that you have a career in the pharmaceutical industry!
Posted by Dan on 2008-09-14:
MRM-Not really, I work in research and most of my industry is being off-shored to places like China and India! I've been with 4 companies in 10 years. I've always left on my own, but usually due to the writing on the wall. Every research site I have worked for has been closed down, consolidated to keep a small group for highly sensitive projects and the rest moved overseas.
Posted by BobJohn on 2008-09-15:
A gas station near me takes only cash and he does a booming business, he is usually, though not always, cheaper than other place by 5 to 10 cents a gallon, sometimes more.

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