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Tiger in your tank keeps getting fatter and fatter

   Stop the presses: Gas prices hit another record high for the Buffalo area Wednesday, soaring to a $4.07 average for a gallon of regular, according to the AAA of Western and Central New York.

   The records -- both locally and nationally -- keep coming as a wide variety of economic factors has driven the price past another psychological milestone, $4 per gallon.

   In response, drivers are becoming more creative in their search for the Holy Grail of cheap -- or cheaper, anyway -- gas.

   Some rely on tips from friends or co-workers. Others turn to the AAA's Field Price Finder Web site … www.aaa.com/gas  or www.buffalogasprices.com to find deals.

   Still more go to the Tuscarora or Seneca Indian reservations to get a deal, though drivers complained the savings aren't as great as they were in the recent past.

   It's all a far cry from when Robert Vallone, an 82-year-old Cheektowaga resident, first started driving as a high school student in the early 1940s.

   "Then it was 18 cents a gallon, and you got a six-pack of Coke," said Vallone, a retired civil engineer, who was topping off his immaculately maintained 1978 Chrysler New Yorker at a Delta Sonic in Cheektowaga.

   Today, $2 gas seems as much of a distant memory as 18 cents, so we're wondering how you're coping with these high prices.

   How do you find the best deals in town? Do you have a favorite place to buy gas, one that's reliably cheap? And how high do you think prices will go by the end of the summer?

-- Stephen T. Watson

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