Consumer Tips

Fueling Tips

posted Sep 6, 2018, 8:27 AM by 2 Serve   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 8:56 AM ]


Fueling Tips to Save You Money

Fill up your car or truck in the morning when the temperature is still cool

Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground; and the colder the ground, the denser the gasoline.  When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you’re filling up in the afternoon or in the evening, what should be a gallon is not exactly a gallon.  In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and temperature of the fuel (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, and other petroleum products) are significant.  Every truckload that they load is temperature-compensated so that the indicated gallonage is actually the amount pumped.  A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for businesses, but service stations don’t have temperature compensation at their pumps.

Do not buy gas when a tanker truck is filling the station’s gas tanks

Most likely dirt and sludge in the tank is being stirred up when gas is being delivered, and you might be transferring that dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car’s tank.

Fill up when your gas tank is half-full or half-empty

The more gas you have in your tank the less air there is and gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it’s warm.  (Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating ‘roof’ membrane to act as a barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing evaporation.)

Always pump at the slow setting when filling up 

When you look at the nozzle trigger you’ll see that it has three delivery settings: slow, medium and high.  Do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should pump at the slow setting, thereby minimizing vapors created while you are pumping fuel.  The hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act as a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been metered.  If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated gasoline contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground tank so you’re getting less gas for your money.

"Hope these tips will help ease your ‘pain at the pump"

Pay for the Product not the Packaging

posted Sep 4, 2018, 3:25 PM by 2 Serve   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 8:59 AM ]

Grocery and food prices are at all-time highs and are on the rise.  

Listed below are a few tips to assist with your shopping:


Package labels give consumers important information.

The cost of the product and the net quantity in the package.
The quantity is shown as weight, measure, or count such as ounces, pounds, quarts, liters, or square feet.


Regardless if the item is packaged prior to the time of sale or at the time of sale the packaging material (tissue, soaking pads, trays, wrapping, packaging) is known as TARE.  Shoppers can save money if they understand and use the following 
Tare Tips.

When you buy apples in a plastic bag, you should only pay for the weight of the apples.

When you buy salad in the deli, you should only pay for the weight of the salad, not the container

When you buy meat, you should only pay for the weight of the meat, not the tissue, soaking pads, tray, wrapping 

Compare the net weight found on the label to the total weight.  The net weight should be less than total weight.  The price you pay should reflect the net weight.


Look on the label found on the front of the package and find the net weight.  Take the item to the meat or deli and have the packaged weighed (These scales should be regulated by Weights and Measures and have an approval seal).  The weight shown of the scale represents the gross weight and it should exceed the stated net weight on the package.  If the gross weight is less than or equal to the net weight, YOU ARE PAYING TOO MUCH!


1.  Check to see if the scale has an approval seal.

2.  Look at the display of the scale and the registered amount.  The scale should be placed so you can see the weight, price, and other information on the display.

3.  Make sure the scale show zero or minus number before anything is weighed.

4.  Pay only for the product, not the packaging (Tare).

 Note:  If you have any questions about the weight of an item or how the store weighs its products ask the store manager for this information and if he doesn't know or refuse to supply you with the information Do Not Shop There!   Become an educated consumer.

Compare Products and Price

posted Sep 4, 2018, 2:24 PM by 2 Serve   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 2:26 PM ]

Compare Products/Prices and Use the Unit Pricing System

  • Food is a large part of the family budget.  To make the best choices and get the most for your money, it is important to compare the price, amount, and quality of similar products.
  • Unit pricing can help.  The unit price tells you the price per "unit" (such as per ounce, per pound, per sheet) to buy the product.
  • Compare the unit price of each package to determine which costs less per unit.

If potato salad sells at the deli for $2.78 per pound, you know 2 pounds will cost $5.56 (2X$2.78)
When you know the unit price, you can compare similar products of different sizes.  The larger package is not always the best buy.


Look for unit price labels on items, shelves, or signs near the item.
Compare the unit price of similar products to find the best buy.

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