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Where Do You Fill Up in El Cerrito When Gas Prices Shoot Up?

Pump prices in the East Bay have risen 58 cents per gallon the past month. Where do you fill up?

Now that gasoline has jumped more than a half dollar a gallon, is there a station you've found in the El Cerrito area that isn't as expensive as the others?

Let us know in the comments. Your neighbors will appreciate it.

The commute page on El Cerrito Patch shows an array of prices around town. A cheap price can be difficult to find.

In California, gasoline prices have risen 57 cents per gallon the past month to an average of $4.22 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

In the East Bay, gas prices have increased 58 cents the past month to $4.15 for a gallon of unleaded regular. That price is up 16 cents in the past week.

Why have gasoline prices risen so sharply? Is it seasonal? Is it supply and demand? Is it manufactured? Here's one blogger's opinion. Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

Jeff Lichtman February 23, 2013 at 05:46 PM
It makes sense to cut back on driving when gas prices are high. It makes no sense (to me, at least) to shop for cheap gas only when prices are high. The difference between expensive and cheap gas is about 20 to 25 cents a gallon regardless of whether the average price is high or low. Why should that difference be important only when prices are up? You save about the same amount of money by comparison shopping at the bottom of the market as you do at the top of the market. I know which stations in my area have low prices and I buy my gas there. I don't try to optimize it further than that. It's not worth my time to look all over the place to save a penny or two a gallon, which over time wouldn't add up to much. And if the lowest price is far enough away, the difference in price could be eaten up by the extra gas I burn in getting there.
Lisa Schliff February 24, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Not just cut back on driving, but slow down when you do drive. The faster you go, the poorer your gas mileage.
Auntie JPEG February 24, 2013 at 06:19 AM
We use the GasBuddy app on cellphone to look up prices, especially when traveling. In Redding gas can be 40¢ cheaper if you drive 5 blocks from the freeway than at the stations next to the exit.
Michael O'Connor February 24, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Bought a Ford hybrid years ago. Gas price doesn't matter much.
bill February 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM
in actual dollars, gas prices going up $0.25 a gallon isn't much of a blow to the average driver. People who say they need to "choose between feeding my children or buying gas" have HORRIBLE financial skills or problems. 15 gallons a week is about 300 miles of driving, or 43 miles a day. $4/gallon is $240 per month (20mpg). Going from $4 to $4.25 is a whopping $25 more a month. There are OTHER ways to cut back on spending that are more effective than trying to get 1-2mpg better or driving a little less. Besides, driving is a privilege, not a right. If you cannot afford to license and insure a vehicle, OR pay for gas, then you have no business owning and operating a vehicle. I can't afford to own and operate a helicopter, but I'm not going to complain to everyone about how "unfair" it is.
Cabbage February 25, 2013 at 06:44 AM
arco up on san pablo ave and mcbride is cheap. Or head down san pablo dam road.


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