Avoid the Delaware tolls, with or without E-ZPass
Delaware charges the highest tolls per mile in the United States. No matter how you feel about the proposed E-ZPass fees, that's highway robbery.
I used the southern Delaware toll avoidance method (starting at MD 272 in North East --- that's exit 100) while headed northbound between Christmas and New Year's Day after a variable message sign alerted me to an accident. Great option if traffic is backed up for miles. I avoided the traffic and saved $4 to boot.
What Dresser forgot to mention ...
... is that that part of Maryland, right around North East boasts some of the lowest gas prices in the area, as well as a wide variety of fast-food establishments for a different kind of fill up. Definitely worth checking out if you'd rather not pay service area prices.
Readers, are there any downsides to these methods? With the northern approach (on southbound 95) sometimes the traffic is backed up so far before that final exit that you might have to wait anyway.