Survival Savings Tips

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survival savings tips Get More Gas $4 Your Greenbacks

Each and every day that the sun breaches the eastern seaboard and begins to shine light down on the United States we rise to face a new day of economic challenges. The financial gap between the wealthy classes and the poor widens a little more and many of us are desperate to find ways to save a few pennies in our pockets. Escalating prices at the pump cause hundreds of thousands of families to participate in activities closer to home. Recently I came across an article which offered some insight on how to get more gas $4 your greenbacks. Are you tired of feeling like this when you visit the pump? I know I am and while these survival savings tips alone won’t double as the children’s college fund, it will improve you experiences at the service station somewhat.

PhaRoah Turrentine:

“Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon.”

You are going to pay the same price for what the pump reads regardless of whether or not the actual supply rate indicated is achieved accurately. Filling up in the early morning is also a good idea since most stations raise their prices later in the day is there is going to be an adjustment. I have ceremoniously adhered to survival savings tips of this nature daily. It takes some time to acclimate yourself to conducting business on a schedule but in conjunction with other cost cutting opportunities the money starts to mount up.

PhaRoah Turrentine:

“When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.”

Tricky little SOB’s aren’t they. It isn’t enough that they employ gas price gouging procedures; they also retain excess fuel through the entrapment and reclamation of vapors. Is it too much to ask to give us what we paid for? Is it any wonder we have to discover and share survival savings tips just to make ends meet?

PhaRoah Turrentine:

“One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine…if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.”

There you have it folks; survival savings tips that should help you get more gas $4 your greenbacks. Feel free to pass this information on to others. We can ill afford to continue tossing money down the oil well. The fat get fatter and the poor get leaner, perhaps it’s time to try and have an impact. If you have survival savings tips please feel free to share in the comments section below. You can also share these survival savings tips with your friends and family. Help spread the word!

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    pete2 years ago

    Not all states have vapor returns. We don’t in South Carolina–we’re 40 years behind CA. Somtimes that’s good and sometimes bad…

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    Jimmy2 years ago

    Seems to me that the slower you fill your tank, the more time the recovery system will have to suck fumes out, and the volume of “available” fumes will be larger, for a longer time.

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    chargerjohn2 years ago

    Search for non ethanol gasoline for everything except your daily driver. Ethanol absorbs water and phase separates. It cannot be rebonded and then is destructive to any engine.
    If you are bulk storing gas in drums or tanks, only store non ethanol. Ethanol gas has a very rapid octane loss. Small quantities go bad in a couple weeks. Another option is 100LL AVGAS. This will run about $6 per gallon but is good for years and has lead. It cannot be used in anything with fuel injection or a cat. AVGAS is best for small engines, outboards and any 2cycle or pre-75 vehicle. Marathon produces non ethanol. It is 90 or 91 octane and high quality. If you are in a pinch and need to bulk store ethanol, store it in 55 gallon drums and keep it temperature stable with the lid not vented to open air. It may last about 4 months @ 75 degrees. Forget stabilizers, they are snake oil. Have some clean drums around. Don’t get caught without gas.

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    Chris B.2 years ago

    “Ethanol absorbs water and phase separates.” This statement is not completely accurate!

    Ethanol and methanol are used to solubilize small fractions (<2%) water in gasoline (allowing it to NOT phase separate). In fact, at ethanol concentrations above 71% (i.e., E85) phase separation DOES NOT occur. If the ethanol stays in solution with the fuel–does not evaporate–solublized water may pass through the engine and not collect as a separate phase in the tank or in fuel lines where it can contribute to vapor lock in hot conditions, or freeze in cold weather.

    Additionally, these alcohols act to retard burning, which increases a fuel's Octane Rating. Ethanol also is used to replace MTBE to deliver oxygen to the combustion chamber reducing incomplete burning of smog producing hydrocarbons (i.e, lowering emissions).

    In recent years, ethanol has been added to lower petroleum content of gasoline fuels. This reduces oil imports, maintains high corn commodity prices and caters to the industrial farm sector of America.

    Concerns with alcohol and water in fuels: 1) potential for corrosion to certain metal parts in fuel systems and engines; and 2) alcohol incompatibility of certain man-made polymers and rubber substitutes.

    Be careful of listening to Prep-xperts who delve into subjects where they have no actual training or true expertise. Also, consider reading Mil-spec reports and documentation about fuel storage. The US military specifications are so rigorous that if they are emulated a prepper may expect storage of fuels for MANY years without fuel becoming worthless. I, rotate my fuel storage by burning my stored gasoline in my cars every year and refilling, stabilizing and dating my stores. My diesel will store for 6-10 years, and up to 20 years with anti-foam and anti-microbial stabilizers.

    Stay safe, aware and skeptical!

    C.B., PhD Chemistry, Wyoming 2007


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