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Pain in advance

February 5, 2013 - Rob Weaver
I wondered how many people thought about filling their tanks Monday but did not, only to discover the price had risen today. I even have a term for putting off buying gas: pumpcrastination.

The per-gallon price of gas at the station in front of the Tiffin Walmart was $3.68 when I drove to work this morning. The Kroger gas station also was within a penny or two of $3.70 per gallon.

The Circle K near Westgate, however, still was selling regular unleaded for $3.42 per gallon before 8 a.m. A few minutes later, the price went up to match the competition.

When the price change for a gallon of gas is just a few cents, I don't anguish over it. That's just 40-60 cents for a 20-gallon fill up. But a sudden jump by 20 or 30 cents costs an extra $4-$6. A person can buy lunch for that amount.

What surprises me when I pumpcrastinate is the feeling I get, while driving past a gas station advertising prices I suspect will rise, that I later will wish I had stopped to top off the tank.

I call that feeling “pregret.”


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