Hooniverse Asks: How Cheap is Gas in Your Area Right Now?

When I was a kid people were saying that everybody better learn the language and the culture of Saudi Arabia because they had all the oil and they were going to rule the word because of that. Now, improving yourself by becoming multilingual and being respectful of other ways of life is something I think we should all strive for. The thing of it is, you needn’t necessarily focus on the Saudis – or the Texans for that matter because as it works out, the folks who hitched their livelihood to pumping crude out of the ground aren’t doing so well these days.
After a short rally in the middle of last week, prices for a barrel of crude once again sank below $30. Not only that but competing producer nations are trying to flood the markets so that they can force less productive nations out of business. Who loses in all this? Well, anybody whose paycheck depends either directly or indirectly on the oil business. Everyone who has ever taken Econ 101 understands the mechanism of supply and demand and as the former increases prices for the latter invariably go down.
That means cheaper gas for us. Hoorah! In fact, in places like Argentina its mere pennies a gallon. Here in the States we’re seeing prices that haven’t in over seven years with the average across the country coming in at around $1.80 a gallon for regular. That’s average, which means it’s higher here, and lower there. What we want to know today – as a sort of irregular check in – is how much you are paying where you are?
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64 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: How Cheap is Gas in Your Area Right Now?”

  1. Gee Nick Avatar
    Gee Nick

    Costco cheapest at 2.39, but I went to Chevron out of convenience yesterday and paid 2.83. Yep, we are the end point of the curve in the US. Welcome to CA.

    1. boxdin Avatar

      Is that California?

      1. Gee Nick Avatar
        Gee Nick


  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    I last bought gas on Saturday for $1.34, cash or credit. The station across the freeway from it was $1.74.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    The Racetrac down the road from work is $1.54/gallon. Most places are around $1.64.

  4. GTXcellent Avatar

    Just dropped a dime yesterday to $1.649

  5. Kiefmo Avatar

    I’ve seen gas as low as $1.36/gal at the costco this past weekend.
    Fuel for my car still hovers around $2/gal though, grumblegrumble.

  6. Cabinboy Avatar

    $1.41 in Bensenville IL just outside O’hare airport.

  7. njhoon Avatar

    I paid $1.46 last time I filled up in NJ.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      And that’s including labor!

  8. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    I saw $1.57 in northern Bergen County, NJ

    1. nanoop Avatar

      @Sjalabais may have the numbers for Bergen County, NO.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Haha, did not see that when I skimmed the discussion a little further down. Can’t compete with the prices of the US though.

  9. JayP Avatar

    $1.49 at Racetrack.
    2 weeks ago diesel was the same a reg at $1.69

  10. tonyola Avatar

    $1.77 is the cheapest I’ve seen here in Miami.

  11. Rennsport 964 Avatar
    Rennsport 964

    2.399 for Chevron Supreme in Renton, Washington. Regular is trending around $2, which in Washington State is astonishing.

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      Arco in Lake Forest Park has regular for $1.819, while the Chevron one block away is charging $2.399. And sometimes the per gallon difference is even greater.

  12. dukeisduke Avatar

    I paid $1.449 for regular last week, and at the same station it’s now $1.439.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Roughly the same on the MO side of KC. With the cumulative grocery discounts my wife filled up yesterday for $.50/gallon.

  13. ptschett Avatar

    The Challenger’s fillup Sunday was $1.629/gal for midgrade; the Dakota’s fillup late last week was $1.529 for regular.

    1. serowman Avatar

      You’re in Fargo? I’m in Fargo also!

      1. ptschett Avatar

        Hi there, neighbor!

  14. nanoop Avatar

    “98 oktan” (whatever that is), was NOK15.25 (whatever that is) per L (whatever that is).
    Solution: 94 octane is USD 6.62 per gal, or 7 cents per octane x gal, or something. Regular fuel is about 10-15% cheaper.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      I’m paying 5.65 USD/US gallon, this has been the same price at a oligopoly-breaking new local gas station for months. Very cheap! The worst was 10.11 USD/gallon, but a third of that price difference is a currency issue…
      Also, I think you refer to ROZ 95, nanoop? I’ve never seen them sell 94. 98 is gone from almost all the gas stations in my area now, as are the 100 and 102 premium fuels.

      1. nanoop Avatar

        The company with the scallop still offers “V-power 98” – although they moved the fillers around without telling me, so I stopped the 944 right at the truck diesel outlet…

  15. pj134 Avatar

    1.90 in Southeastern PA. Across the river I spotted gas hovering at 1.50. I passed them by in my vehicle that I freshly filled up with my own two hands.

  16. Batshitbox Avatar

    With a 35 gallon tank and an annual usage of 8,000 miles, I tend to visit the gas station only monthly. Even though I only get 16 MPG and don’t let the gauge go below half. In December it cost me $277 in fuel to drive fully loaded to Mexico and back, from San Francisco. Last year I think it was over $300.
    With both the truck and the motorcycles I just choose the high octane option and fill up without looking at the price. (Ten cents more per gallon, even on a full 35 gallon fill-up, is $3.50 more; whoopie-fizz.) Knowing the price of fuel doesn’t really mean anything, you can’t shop around for any appreciable savings, you can’t wait a month for a significant drop. I don’t drive any more or less based on fuel prices.
    How many times are we going to go over this?

    1. ptschett Avatar

      I’ve seen small-town stations selling 91-octane premium for $1.00+/gal price delta… with the other options being 87 E10 and an alleged-midgrade 87 E0.

    2. boxdin Avatar

      Because this is very different from the 3.50 we were paying les than a year ago.

    3. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

      What? You can’t shop around for any appreciable savings?
      I know where the least expensive gasoline is likely to be on my commute, and I don’t have to go out-of-my-way for it, either. However, if I bought gasoline on the way to work versus on the way home…there’s a $0.30-0.40/gallon difference, easily. Over time, this becomes significant.
      I visit the gasoline station weekly, use 93 octane, and consider myself ahead of the game if my MPG figure starts with a “2”. That’s about 70 gallons a month. My wife’s car is another two tanks a month…87 octane, but still about 30 gallons a month.
      She cannot figure out how to achieve an MPG number starting with other than a “1”.
      A $0.50 drop is $600 a year. This is significant.
      If you use only 35 gallons a month, sure, who cares. You’re very likely in the minority, however. Like you, I don’t drive any more or less based on fuel prices…useage is effectively fixed, however, cost is not.
      This doesn’t take into account we travel with a machine which has a 90 gallon tank, gets barely double-digit MPG, and is diesel at that.
      A dollar less per gallon means one more fun night in Vegas, when we go.
      Putting fuel in that beast at $4.25/gallon back in 2005 was painful. Still, less expensive than air travel & hotels!
      Oh, and the vehicle we tow behind the barely double-digit MPG one…yeah, it manages barely double-digits, too…but it’s a helluva lot of fun. Trail exploration, however…6 MPG, if you’re lucky.

  17. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Kansas City is a bit odd due to the state line running through the middle of the city. It’s currently averaging $1.45 on the Missouri side, about a dime more a gallon in Kansas. Because Kansas.

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      The price difference is not enough to make me go out of my way, and diesel is about the same everywhere. I just fill up at the nearest station with diesel that shows up after my car starts stumbling after taking right hand turns. I know I’m close at that point.

  18. engineerd Avatar

    Regular cash price is about $1.359 by my house. Add 10 cents if I get gas in the rich suburb my daughter’s daycare is in.

  19. mrh1965 Avatar

    Man, what low prices, especially if you are not on the west coast. I paid $1.80 for mid-grade the other day. That was actually three cents more than my last purchase. Houston suburbs. The low price for oil sucks for us, by the way. One nephew has already lost his job, I’m worried about the other. My elderly father still goes into the office two or three days a week, but he doesn’t need the money like the boys do.

    1. tea party jesus Avatar
      tea party jesus

      Hope they can stay employed – good luck to the family.

    2. engineerd Avatar

      NPR was discussing the low oil prices with an economist. He said that any economic benefit the low oil prices provide for people in non-oil related industries is offset, and possibly more than offset, by the economic contraction in oil-related industries.

      1. Dutch Avatar

        I heard that, and I must not be enough of an economist to understand it.
        There’s a hell of a lot more of us not in the oil business than there is in it.

        1. Dutch Avatar

          P.S. I saw $1.53 for E-10 in Sioux City IA last night.

        2. outback_ute Avatar

          The majority not affected by the oil industry save a few dollars that doesn’t change much, compared to people losing jobs and local economies just about going into reverse.

          1. engineerd Avatar

            What outback_ute said. The few extra bucks in your pocket only provide an incremental boost, while people losing jobs can bring down an entire area. Plus, where you have areas that are heavily reliant on oil (think Texas, South Dakota, Alberta) ancillary businesses (restaurants, stores, etc.) are also impacted even if they aren’t directly related to the oil industry.

          2. Guest Avatar

            Airports too. My dad has been clearing snow at the Edmonton International Airport for the past 5 years, and he says he’s never seen the parking lot so empty.

      2. mrh1965 Avatar

        Obviously there are winners and losers but oil and gas provide more jobs, and often very good jobs, all around the country than people might think. One of the early casualties was a steel plant in Canton Ohio, for example. And there’s all those sand mines in Wisconsin that opened / reopened to supply frackers with “proppant”, which are now scaling back operations. Railroads had done very well in the last few years, in part due to energy industry trade. That kind of thing. Even green California derives very significant revenues from the industry.
        But we’ll be OK. It’s a cycle and it’ll come around again. Believe me, I was as happy as anyone to see prices ease off $100 per barrel in 2014. $60 or $70 is fine, thank you!

    3. boxdin Avatar

      That is the bad side of low fuel prices. Same here in NM 4 corners and permein basin NM/TX.
      Its a pissing contest between people much “larger” than us.

    4. Sjalabais Avatar

      In my state, Hordaland (Norway), 21% of all people in employment work in oil or oil-related industries. In Rogaland, just south of us, the number is a crazy 40%. We’re feeling the pressure, even though my wife and I are both public sector employees. House prices in Stavanger, capital of Rogaland, are plunging.
      On the upside, continously low, stable oil prices depend on a stable Middle East. I’ll go for “temporary” here.

  20. tea party jesus Avatar
    tea party jesus

    I’m in Chicago, which means that gas is still over $3 a gallon. Fortunately, I only drive once per week.

  21. JayP Avatar

    Fed gas tax is about 18¢, average state tax is 30¢. (Alaska 12¢, Penn 50¢)
    Keep that in mind too…

  22. peugeotdude505 Avatar

    99.9 cents a liter baby!
    The good stuff is still about a buck fifteen

  23. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    I paid $1.97 a gallon for regular in Beaverton Oregon yesterday, and saw the station in the shopping center up the street charging $2.23! SO ducking up the side street and doing U turn saved me over $2 on my fill up.

  24. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    $1.44 Per litre so $5.44 per US Gallon. 95 RON.
    With fuel this cheap I’ve been deliberately driving really uneconomically and often taking the long way home.

  25. Citric Avatar

    77 cents/liter where I live, but the cheapest I’ve witnessed is 70 cents/liter.

  26. J Avatar

    Paid $.624/litre (Cdn), less 10.5 c/litre in-store rebate (Superbucks, use at Superstore grocery store) yesterday, net cost $.519/l, converts to about $1.37/gallon US after credit. Alberta gas & oil – can’t even give it away…

  27. William Robinson Avatar
    William Robinson

    I think its 85 cents/liter. Here in good old east canukistan. Halifax to be a bit more precise. I’m not sure because I drive a shit ton and need it no matter what the cost.. also my wife is a just put twenty dollars in and I hate that so I stopped paying attention.

  28. longrooffan Avatar

    Twenty minutes ago I paid $1.34 a gallon in Branson Missouri. 87 octane which is good enough for this olelongrooffan and my longerroof.

  29. Patrick Hoffstetter Avatar

    I just got premium for 1.88 here in Austin.

  30. smokyburnout Avatar

    $1.76 yesterday, which is down 75 cents from 2 fillups ago (August). I didn’t even look at the sign until I got out of the car, in my mind it was still around $2.00. Road trip?

  31. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    It was $1.38 here, which I believe is the cheapest I’ve paid for fuel since high school, possibly ever.

  32. burnbomber Avatar

    $1.41 for regular unleaded here in Tulsa Town.

  33. Preludacris Avatar

    $0.979 / L

  34. Nicolas Bernard Avatar
    Nicolas Bernard

    1.25€/liter ($5.23/USgal) for normal 95 octane gas, 1.27€/liter ($5.31/USgal) for premium 98 octane, and 0.97€/liter ($4.08/USgal) for diesel in my area, on the NW coast of France

  35. outback_ute Avatar

    99.9¢/L on my way out of Melbourne tonight, so $AUD3.80 per gallon approximately which is about $USD2.66. It has to be many years since I’ve paid less than a dollar per litre. Now in a small country town where it is $1.25/L. Good timing for a road trip to the Bathurst 12 Hour!
    @Batshitbox, I remember one occasion when the weekly price cycle didn’t run as usual and my usual station put the price up earlier than normal, by probably 50¢ per gallon, so I drove 5 min back to a station I had just passed to save $10 on the tank. Doing 20k miles/year then it added up, better in my pocket than the oil company’s.

  36. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
    Dean Bigglesworth

    Cheapest fuel on my US trip a month ago was $1.659/gal. It was almost fun filling up. Cheapest fuel back home is currently €1.349/litre, or $5.68/gal.

  37. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

    Filled Pearl with 93 octane, yesterday, for $1.80 (I round up the 9/10 of a cent).
    87 octane was $1.40, that’s in SW Fort Worth FREEDOMLAND Texas.

  38. Mr. Ollivander Avatar
    Mr. Ollivander

    I saw $1.31 this morning in SE Cuyahoga County Ohio.

  39. Mr B Avatar
    Mr B

    $1.24 in Northwest Arkansas

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