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September 27, 2005

Lee County - Tony Thompson was running a little late for work today, and was a little too low on gas to get there, so he stopped at the first gas station he came to, the price, $2.86 a gallon.

He says, "If I don't have a lot of time, I just get gas wherever I can."  Little did Tony know that just across the street, the price was $.07 lower and seven miles North, on his way to Americus, he could have gotten gas for almost $.30 less per gallon.

Thompson says, "I should have went a little further rather than stopping here, but I'm running a little late, so I just stopped here."

But others were aware of the price difference. Where the price was $2.86, most pumps weren't being used, but at the Chevron in Lee County, there was a wait to get unleaded for $2.59.

Catherine Ponson says, "That's the first time I've had to wait, but I decided I should get it now."

We found the price at that station before even getting in the car, by using Pump Patrol on our website.   Chase Fincher and Nicole Hunt are getting married tomorrow, and on a tight budget.  Chase says, "It's a big strain on the wallet."

That's why finding the lowest price is essential.  He says, "It's worth it to go an extra mile up the street just to find the cheaper gas."

Here are some other prices we found around South Georgia: The Express Lane on Gillionville Road in Albany is also selling at $2.59. In Valdosta, most places are selling for $2.69. In Thomasville, prices were a bit lower, at $2.65. They may not be cheap, but they are cheaper than the competition.

Ponson says, "Hopefully when all of this blows over and it's back to normal, we'll remember the ones who jacked it up first...maybe not go there as much."

And maybe save a few bucks in the process.

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