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Old 11-06-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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Fueling Strategy

I had to "break camp" today to refill on propane ... we've been "boondocking" it at our home in RI for the past few weeks making some repairs to the house and getting it ready for winter, and while I was out I decided to get some fuel as well.

When we're at home in CT, RI or in the Northeast in general, we try to shop at Stop & Shop so that we can earn gas points. You get 1 point for every dollar you spend and with every 100 points you can get .10 cents off per gallon at most Shell stations. S&S also offers bonus points each week if you buy X number of products. This week, among other bonus offers, it was 200 extra points (.20 cents off per gallon) if you bought 7 cans of RedPack Tomatoes. That was a perfect match to a good hearty Chili on the menu this week! We ended up buying 14 cans over 2 shopping trips, a cost of $14, and a bonus of .40 cents off per gallon!

We had some points that were set to expire today, so while I was out for propane, I decided to cash in our gas points. There are restrictions to this program, so to get the most benefit you have to pay attention to your shopping, your points expiration, bonus points and local Shell station prices.

After filling up on propane, I headed over to a local shell station - with the lowest price per gallon as discovered by GasBuddy - and "filled up" on 35 gallons of fuel for our Sea Breeze. You burn all your available points when you use them and can only earn a discount on 35 gallons of fuel. For us, this works out to a 1/2 tank of fuel.

Today I cashed in 1237 gas points to earn 1.20 cents off per gallon. The lowest price Shell in the area was 3.459/gallon -- our price 2.259/gallon. Using the 35 gallon max, we spent $79.07, saving $42.00 using our points.

We'll be parked here for another few weeks, so we won't be burning any fuel. Over the next 3 to 4 weeks we'll work on building our points and try to refill that remaining 35 gallons, hopefully saving at least as much the next time around before we head out towards our next destination.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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They have the same deal here in Taxifornia aka California with Ralph's Grocery Stores & Food For Less Stores and Shell Oil.
The only problem here is they charge you credit card price when you try to use your Ralph's bonus Points. I can't say that all Shell stations are doing that but the few close to my house are all owned by the same gouger so you can see why his prices are higher than even the Chevron Station.

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Old 11-06-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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Fanily Express... you get 'cents off' of gass for all kinds of purchases.. Since I must use gasoline and like my coffee and doughnuts , I got $1.55 off last time! $1.94 per gallon!
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:42 AM   #4
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We have that here as well with our King Soopers/City Market - Kroger Brand stores... When we purchased our SeaView we asked the guy who sold it to us how much fuel it held.. His response was "more than i could afford" - we found out it holds 75 gallons, which is 3times what our little class C held... Anyway, we've yet to fill it up all the way... We used to own a southwind (Rosie) that the original owner (the guy we bought it from) put a 99gallon tank on it... We filled it up once and never let it get below 1/4 tank... Who needs that much gas??? Don't you have to stop and stretch every 300 miles or so when on a long trip???
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