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08-20-2013 03:39 AM

Seems here in Florida that all of the gas stations want you to use their Card (or cash) or pay $0.06/gal more.

But using my Costco TE gets me 3% CB, which was a savings of $0.10/gal. So if using their card gets the gas from $3.39/gal to $3.33/gal - then using the TE, would get it down to $3.29, right?

Or did I forget to carry a 1?

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08-20-2013 03:57 AM

Right 3.2883 or $3.29

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08-20-2013 05:49 AM

In more detail, for when gas prices change, suppose a gallon costs $x

Then with your card, the price is (x+0.06)*0.97= 0.97x + 0.0582 (0.97 = 1-3%)

This is less than x when

0.97x + 0.0582 < x

0.0582 < 0.03x

i,e. when x > $1.94 per gallon, which is probably always.

As a check, if gas was $2 per gallon, you would pay 0.97*2.06 = $1.9982, so just a little bit cheaper.

In fullish glory, price of gas is x, non-cash/our-card surcharge is y, cashback rate is z

(1-z)*(x+y) < x

x+y -z*x - z*y < x

y(1-z) < z*x

i.e. use your card if:

y*(1-z)/z < x

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08-20-2013 06:32 AM

Repo-ed wrote:

But using my Costco TE gets me 3% CB, which was a savings of $0.10/gal. So if using their card gets the gas from $3.39/gal to $3.33/gal - then using the TE, would get it down to $3.29, right?

Or did I forget to carry a 1?

No idea -- I use a calculator as my arithmetic just isn't there any more.

$3.39 * 0.97 = $3.2883.

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08-20-2013 06:35 AM

+1

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08-20-2013 05:22 PM

You all rock - thanks!

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08-20-2013 05:28 PM

longtimelurker wrote:In more detail, for when gas prices change, suppose a gallon costs $x

Then with your card, the price is (x+0.06)*0.97= 0.97x + 0.0582 (0.97 = 1-3%)

This is less than x when

0.97x + 0.0582 < x

0.0582 < 0.03x

i,e. when x > $1.94 per gallon, which is probably always.

As a check, if gas was $2 per gallon, you would pay 0.97*2.06 = $1.9982, so just a little bit cheaper.

In fullish glory, price of gas is x, non-cash/our-card surcharge is y, cashback rate is z

(1-z)*(x+y) < x

x+y -z*x - z*y < x

y(1-z) < z*x

i.e. use your card if:

y*(1-z)/z < x

That hurt my brain

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08-20-2013 05:40 PM

longtimelurker wrote:In more detail, for when gas prices change, suppose a gallon costs $x

Then with your card, the price is (x+0.06)*0.97= 0.97x + 0.0582 (0.97 = 1-3%)

This is less than x when

0.97x + 0.0582 < x

0.0582 < 0.03x

i,e. when x > $1.94 per gallon, which is probably always.

As a check, if gas was $2 per gallon, you would pay 0.97*2.06 = $1.9982, so just a little bit cheaper.

In fullish glory, price of gas is x, non-cash/our-card surcharge is y, cashback rate is z

(1-z)*(x+y) < x

x+y -z*x - z*y < x

y(1-z) < z*x

i.e. use your card if:

y*(1-z)/z < x

That's the formula Chase uses for approvals right?

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Do you know the cards benefits? Is it worth the HP?

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08-20-2013 08:21 PM

@longtimelurker

Real math. I like your style.

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08-20-2013 08:31 PM

Dubious wrote:@longtimelurker

Real math. I like your style.

Thanks! But just very basic algebra...

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