The Water Cooler – The Price of Gas

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm · 31 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Do you pay attention to the price of gas, or do you just go anywhere to fill-up?

Also, besides Safeway & Costco, who do you think has the best gas prices around on a regular basis?

Talk about it….

Mr.Wonderful July 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

No not really, but beside Costco and Safeway you have to go to the small gas stations on Clayton road.

I pay close attention to the cost of gas. July 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I use World. Clean and well lite. A few pennies more, but I avoid the insanity of Safeway and Arco. I don’t belong to Costco.

Concordejet July 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

save gas fart int he jar.

Dee July 29, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Yes we do…price of gas is just way too high anymore. It is ridiculous the prices wwe pay and our roads are a mess!

Confused July 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Besides Safeway, Bonfair (Solano & Grant)

Nuttsie the Nutter July 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

What little gas I buy I get at Safeway because the little woman always gets a few cents off for shopping there. And there is no hassle and there are no lines when you get up and go on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Gas for the motorcycles I get wherever I happen to be.

I don’t really pay attention to price. You gotta have it so what difference does it make. You gonna wait till the price comes down and walk to work?

just a concordian July 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I try to do Safeway gift cards. 2-4 points per dollar add up. On average I pay less than 4 dollars a gallon.

Yes and no July 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I usually go to Arco. They are the cheapest ( where I live) but if they are busy, I will go to another station. There are usually several in the area. The savings is usually minimal. I would rather get gas and be on my way than sit in line for 2 min just to save $1.00

Mir24 July 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I have a small commute but I still check the prices and usually go to Arco when there are no lines (early or late in the day). Luckily, I go by there at least once a week. If I get 50 cents or more off a gallon at Safeway, it’s worth it for me to go there but, again, I hate lines so I go right before the attendant leaves at 11.

SKS July 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Valero is my go-to place. Specifically, the station at Alhambra & Hwy 4 and the station at Broadway & Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.

If on vacation Arco, Chevron, Sunoco, Marathon, or whatever else is convenient so long as the mark-up isn’t exorbitant.

Never Citgo … the Venezualan government can kiss me arse.

The Mamba July 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I usually hit up that USA gas on Oak Road, even with my Safeway card discount at Chevron, it is cheaper.

Noj July 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Gas was $1.89 a gallon when our Affirmative Action president was “elected.”
Now they have you believing that $3.89 a gallon is a bargain.
“Get used to high gas prices” – Obama

Kirkwood July 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

When home in Claycord I always use Costco, but when on the road or out of state I don’t take the time to search for cheap gas. I DO avoid Shell because their prices are always the highest. I also know that gas is generally cheaper once you get a couple of blocks away from the Interstate.

JUST A NEIGHBOR July 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM


The Realist July 29, 2014 at 1:06 PM

In the rest of the world that doesn’t subsidize their oil production by illegal wars and mass genocide of brown people, they pay 5 dollars a LITER. (4 to a gallon)
Quit your bithcin’, you whiners.
You want to change something, throw all the lobbyists to the bottom of the ocean. (And the politicians that take their money.)

anon666 July 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Not at all. I try to only use Chevron gas and my truck that I drive daily gets less than 9mpg around town. Luckily I don’t have to do much driving.

Frustrated July 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

World Gas on Clayton

ClayDen July 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I will go to Costco only if I’m there, as it’s not worth my time or the gas to go there. I drive a lot, but my cars get reasonable mileage, so it’s not worth the trouble to look for cheap gas. I also prefer to pay with my Chevron or Shell card. The cheapest Chevron or Shell on YV Rd is usually at the first stations as you exit from the freeway: the Shell across from WC BART and the Chevron at the corner of North Main and YV (though if it’s busy, it can be a hassle).

If you don’t like gas prices, then we need to increase supply: build more refineries and drill.

Dorothy July 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I usually go to Costco or Arco but always check on-line at gasbuddies – just in case Bonfair is less than either.

When we first moved over to this side of the bay, I could fill the car for a week’s worth of commute for $5. I still believe big gas/oil won’t be happy until gas is $5 a gallon here in the USA.

Marissa July 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I go to World Gas on Clayton.

Mr. John July 29, 2014 at 2:21 PM

If yoyu want to find the cheapest gas prices, there is a regularly updated list available online at They have listings for the stations in Concord.

Wall&Broad July 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I could not care less about the cost of a gallon of gas. I spend less than two grand on gas each year, if gas went to $10/gallon it still wouldn’t affect me.

The main benefit to inexpensive gas is that I don’t have to listen to people complain about how much it just cost to fill their tank or how good the millage on their Prius is.

Tom July 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I do both. If I’m professionally stressed, I pull in anywhere. If not, I look for a good deal. I won’t wait in line forever, but if others want to, that fine.

ChampagneKitty July 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM

The closest gas station to my home is the Shell station at Olivera Rd. and Pt. Chicago Hwy. in N. Concord, but I always bypass it and go down the street to Don’s Market and Liquor, which also owns the gas station there. It’s always priced lower there.

Atticus Thraxx July 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I’m not going out of my way to save $1.50 on a fill up. Conveniently located when I’m ready is more important to me. And clean windshield cleaner buckets.

itsme July 29, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Arco on Willow Pass and Farm Bureau

Julio July 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

We have a mini thank heaven. We have an Arco close to home right now at 3.93. The best in our town. I would spend too much trying to get to Costco and will not shop Safeway. Too far away anyway. Never fill up our truck anymore. It will give you a heart attack.

@ Noj July 29, 2014 at 8:36 PM

This isn’t the politics thread but since you brought it up, gas reached $4 under Bush. If you knew anything, you would know that our pres has no control over gas prices. It is traded on the market and the amount released is controlled by OPEC.

Mr. John July 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

@28, to be fair, the gas price in the US is influenced by the political landscape. The US asserts pressure on OPEC which influences the price.

Regardless: Driving out of your way to save on gas is usually a waste of money and time, but knowing where the cheap gas is before you drive can allow you to make the smart choice of where to buy it that is along your route.

GasBuddy July 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

I have the GasBuddy app which allows you to search for stations near you with the lowest prices. There’s also filters if you’re looking for other services as well, like a convenience store, or a car wash at the gas station. It’s pretty sweet. The cheapest place that’s always at the top of the cheap page is ARCO on Farm Bureau and Willow Pass, across from Diggers. It’s always a good 10 cents cheaper than the cheapest places (like the two on Clayton Rd. between Safeway and Ghost Golf).

Mel July 31, 2014 at 9:29 AM

@Noj, you are right on with your assessment. Gas prices were seen as ‘excessive’ when it was below $2, before our Affirmative Action President (great phrase) was sworn in. Now liberals (that means most Californians) think: 1) $4.50 a gallon is no big deal ‘cuz a Democrat’s in power, and 2) it’s all Big Oil’s (whatever that means) fault. Good luck trying to convince liberals that it’s Democrat policies that cause high gas prices. They’ve been indoctrinated in faulty thinking.

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