1. Go out for donuts and coffee every Saturday morning while your wife sleeps
in. Take her car, and fill it up yourself while you're out. Don't tell her
why; simply let her assume it's because you're a loving, devoted husband, and
reap the rewards of that assumption.
2. Do The Math, Part I -- how much time and gas do you spend, driving out of
your way to get the least expensive gas you can find? If you drive five miles
out of your way to save a nickel a gallon, you're effectively placing a value
of less than $3/hour on your time.
3. Do the Math, Part II -- what's the difference between what you pay, and
what she pays? Maybe 10-12 cents per gallon? So the fifteen gallons you
propose to transfer every week represents a savings of $1.50 to $1.80 a week
in gasoline costs. How many years before the pump pays for itself?
4. Do the Math, Part III -- Repeat the previous calculation, subtracting a
reasonable value for the time you spend doing this from the amount you save on
gas. *Now* how long before the pump pays for itself? (Hint: if the value you
place on your time exceeds about $6/hour, the answer to this question is
5. Do the Math, Part IV -- if your wife is using fifteen gallons of gas a week
commuting to and from work, you need to buy her a more fuel-efficient car. I
can drive my Saturn over 400 miles in the city, and over 500 on the highway,
on fifteen gallons of gas. I bet your wife isn't driving 80-100 miles a day.
Just about any pump made for the purpose should work.
There ARE alternate ideas, some of which have been mentioned.
My favorite would be the reverse of what you propose: Remove some (amount
of) gasoline from HER car and put it in YOUR car. As the price she must pay
to run errands increases dramatically, she may, on her own, move to reduce
Most cars, now days, have baffles and such to prevent
siphons. I'd suggest to keep a 5 gal gascan in your trunk,
and fill it when you fill. Pour that gasoline into her tank
when you have a moment. That will take some of the strain
off her fuel bill.
I'll add a couple of more comments.
The new gasoline containers regulated here in DE are a real PITA - slow
to pour and often spill the gas they were meant to store without fumes
And, running around town to buy the cheapest gas is often not cost
effective. You may save a nickle a gallon but burn a gallon going out
of your way.
I wish, oh how I wish, I could find on the Internet a gasoline container
like the old style! (two holes ... a capped vent and a pour spout). Out
herre, we have these CARB-mandated gas cans which are "supposed" to prevent
I never spilled so much gasoline in my life. I guess I could find a
10-gallon gas can somewhere, and that might work as you suggested.
I drive by a Costco every morning and evening so that's where I get the
cheapest gas (it's less than $2.90/gallon where, in town, nothing is less
than $3.08 and many are more).
I thought you were joking. Do you really think it's worth buying a pump or
taking any chances? How many miles do you and your wife drive? This sounds
more like a domestic argument that got out-of-hand.
I have in fact used a line from the fuel rail to fill a generator fuel
tank from a car in an emergency situation. You can do it. It's not something
I'd want to do except in an emergency, though.
The thing is, though... you have a social problem. Technical solutions
don't solve social problems, and attempts to solve social problems with
technical solutions result only in disaster and angry wives.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
And to top it off he's talking about 20 cents a gallon.
Sometimes I shake my head and wonder why my wife does things but I remind
myself that she's as smart or smarter than I am and she has her reasons. If
I was concerned about the 20 cents I'd ask why she doesn't look around. Then
I'd just accept the explanation. Even if it's just "I don't want to."
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