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Volume 71, Issue 12, Wednesday, September 7, 2005

News

Students seek ways around rising gas prices

Saving a buck at pumps can mean going as far as searching for best deals via Internet 

by Ashley Anthony and Stephanie Martens
The Daily Cougar

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, gas prices are on the rise, and Americans everywhere can feel it in their pocketbooks. With so many gas stations competing, it is often a challenge to find the best deals.

"I spent $40 on 13 gallons of gas," history senior Jennifer Schimank said. 

Schimank said the gas was at $3.12 -- a price common at some gas stations around Houston.

Some students are even considering trading in their cars.

"If I had the money, I'd get a motorcycle or scooter," psychology junior Paul Rovinelli said.

Through www.autos.msn.com, Rovinelli has been able to look for the cheapest gas prices in the Houston area. The Web site records data from more than 90,000 gas stations in the United States.

"They don't update it often, but it does help a little bit," Rovinelli said.

MSNAutos.com is not the only site that enables people to search for reasonable gasoline prices in their area. 

With help from concerned citizens, Gas Buddy Organization, Inc. have also created a Web site, www.houstongasprices.com that shows prices from the past 48 hours. The prices are submitted by Houstonians who find a gas station with bargain prices and post it on the Web site.

On Wednesday, the Texaco located at 411 Richmond Avenue offered the best deal for regular unleaded gas -- $2.43 a gallon. On Tuesday the lowest price had risen to $2.81 at the Citgo at 5500 Westheimer Road.

Many students are unaware that they can find cheaper gas prices online, and some don't want to take the time to search for good deals and make the drive to take advantage of them.

"By the time you drive there, it may not be worth it," political science senior Jenny Brzowski said.
 

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