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Posted at 2:27 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Cheap gas: Where to find it in the D.C. area

By Justin Jouvenal

Updated: March 8, 8:45 a.m.

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Prices at the pump have topped $4 per gallon in San Francisco. How high will they go here? (Getty Images)

Wallet feeling a bit lighter lately?

Higher food and energy prices are taking a bite out of the benefits we were seeing from payroll tax cuts, according to the federal government. A spike in gas prices is largely responsible for the increase in the cost of energy. AAA reports the national average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.47, which is up from $2.70 a year ago.

It all feels so summer of 2008, doesn't it?

The Buzz feels your pain. We'll be updating the cheapest gas prices from stations in three cities around the D.C. area (based on figures from AAA). You can also search for cheap gas by plugging your city or Zip code into AAA's Fuel Price Finder.

The District: Shell, 1601 New York Ave. NE $3.46

Fairfax: Sunoco, 10383 Fairfax Blvd. $3.50

College Park: College Park Auto, 9891 Rhode Island Ave. $3.46

Have your own tips for cheap gas or places to avoid because they charge an arm and a leg? Leave them in the comments below.

By Justin Jouvenal  | March 8, 2011; 2:27 AM ET
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wawa in woodbridge on minnevale and cardinal is the lowest and in maryland...go with spaid sonoco in wheaton on viers mill rd and univ blvd.around 329.9gal...stay away from rockville pike if you can or darnestown road...rt 28...

Posted by: wmnatzakanian | March 2, 2011 5:55 AM | Report abuse

I generally find that gas is less expensive in PG County than in Montgomery County, and the Shell station on Georgia Avenue near Piney Branch (south-east of Walter Reed) is generally less expensive than other places.

Also, AAA has a gas price finder at:

AAA membership does not seem to be required to use it.

And I'm still waiting for John Boehner's jobs program, the GOP's alleged first order of business, and for the Republican replacement for Obamacare, also its alleged first order of business.

Posted by: edallan | March 5, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Those who bought a high mpg vehicle should be smiling. They are paying more, but far less than otherwise. Those who are looking to buy a new vehicle would be wise to buy so that they can smile, too, when gas prices soar.

Plan trips to reduce miles -- and gas use.

Drive to maximize fuel economy. Accelerate as if there is a raw egg under the accelerator pedal. Cap maximum speed. Red light ahead: let the car coast to the stop. Will be stopped for 30 seconds or more. Turn off the engine while waiting.

Posted by: jimb | March 7, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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