This post is meant for people who have fuel rewards that go up to 35 gallons or similar. I have a Kroger affiliate here in Seattle that fuel points can be redeemed up to 35 gallons either at a Kroger gas station or a Shell gas station. Back when I was buying Ebay gift cards at Kroger, I had no problems collecting massive amounts of fuel rewards. However, both of my cars only hold ~16 gallons, and so I wasn’t maximizing my fuel rewards (leaving ~$20 of savings in the pump.) Now that I’m no longer buying Ebay gift cards, it’s hard for me to generate fuel rewards. Thus, I need to maximize my lowly fuel rewards now.
Enter the 5 gallon gas tanks and accessories
Credits goes out to a couple of readers (they know how they are) who gave me the tip on buying 5 gallon gas tanks. Since my car holds 15 gallons, I would need 4 x 5 gallon gas tanks to hit the 35 gallon cap. I was ready to use up my Sears SYYR rewards on these bad boys, but found some on Craigslist for $5 each. You should also consider buying these caps too, else your garage may smell of gas. And lastly, I highly recommend this siphon hose. If you have a newer car that needs something to open the gas tank, you may also need a funnel.
The reason why you want the cap and hose is so you don’t have to do the old “hold up the gas tank and pour into funnel method.” A five gallon tank weighs 40 pounds. I’m not young and spry anymore, so I can’t hold those up w/o spilling on myself. Especially if I need to hold up 3 of them and aim them into a funnel.
For the siphon method, all you need to do is place the 5 gallon gas tank higher than your car’s gas tank and gravity takes care of everything. You can achieve this by putting the gas tank on top of your car or use a ladder (like yours truly.) It takes about 2 minutes for the gas to siphon almost all of the 5 gallons. It’s hard to get every last drop out so you’ll be leaving about an inch of gas left in the 5 gallon tank. See picture below for reference:
I realize some of you may be going, “Dang, Vinh’s REALLY CHEAP to be doing all this.” Yes, you are right. This method essentially saves me $20 each time I go to a gas station+ the time saved from going to the gas station + I’m collecting tons of Wifemiles since she no longer has to go get gas. So you can think what you want. You do you.
A couple of disclaimers – 1. Try not to spill gas in your car and 2. Storing gas in your garage/home could be very DANGEROUS!