This is always a popular post: As Bay Area gas prices continue to rise, why not use the web to find the cheap stuff?

The San Francisco Business Times reported the following on Jan 11:

Gas prices rose 6 cents a gallon in the Bay Area in a month, even though demand “is dropping like the New Year’s celebratory ball in Times Square,” according to AAA Northern California.

On Jan. 11, drivers paid an average of $3.41 per gallon in the Bay Area, compared with $3.35 in California as a whole and $3.09 nationally.

Nationally, prices are up 11 cents since Dec. 14, when AAA made its last report. In California they’re up 9 cents.

San Francisco drivers pay about $3.43 per gallon (up 7 cents), while those in Oakland pay $3.40 (up 6 cents).

So if you’re trying to stretch your gas dollars — and who isn’t? — sites like,, and others let you search for the cheapest prices by city or even by zip code. Try these from GasBuddy:

Right now, I’m seeing the least expensive gas in San Francisco is at the Arco at Geneva Ave & Naples St. The cheapest gas in the whole state is at the Tower on Auburn Blvd & Orange Grove Ave in Sacramento. Keep in mind, all of these prices are reported by users of the web site.

I suppose in order to take full advantage of the service, you’d have to do a little math. Like, how far out of your way can you drive to a cheaper gas station without eating up all the savings through traveling extra miles?

Is there an app for that?

  • David Starr

    There is an outfit called, I joined them (it doesn’t
    cost anything to join) and then when I fill up, I keep the receipt and mail
    it in to get a 50% rebate on the amount I spent for gas. However, there is
    an upper limit that you can do each month I think it is $200 or something
    like that — but believe me an extra couple of hundred bucks a month
    gives my family our weekly trip to the movies again… or you can always
    buy more gas.. LOL.

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