How much are you paying?

Kitchen Sink | Posted by Jannie on 30 October 2008 @ 10:01 PM 40 Comments

 Last week…
Two weeks ago…
I don’t know why gas has dropped so much lately but  I have to admit the short-term part of me really likes this.  Oh, the crazy luxuries I’ve been buying lately — milk, bread and eggs.  Hamburger.  Dish soap!
The long-term part of me knows we need to free ourselves from oil dependancy, like Brazil.  I wonder if we ever will?
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  • 1

    On 30 October 2008 at 10:27 pm

    ella said, 

    I don’t know what’s with all the fuss over gas prices. So gas is down 20-30-40 cents a gallon. When I fill up it is 16 gallons,that’s $6.40 less than before. Is $6.40 really what people are bitching about?? For us that’s just $25.00 a month savings. whoo-hoo! To me it is just not that big a deal.
    Now health care! We pay $1000.00 every month out of pocket. That’s worth bitching about it.

  • 2

    On 30 October 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Mia said, 

    Since the prices keep going down, I kinda want to go out and buy up all the gas I can afford and store it for later. With my luck, I’d blow something up!

    I’d love to save $25 a month…to help pay something toward all of our medical bills…

  • 3

    On 30 October 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Ella, we don’t have any health ins. right now and but for the grace of God we go. Scary but true. Anybody out there got good rates for a 66-year-old healthy male, 44-year-old healthy woman and a 7-year-old girl? (We’ll have to keep winging it on the two dogs and the cat.)

  • 4

    On 30 October 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Mia: that’s the thing about stockpiling gas, it needs to be vented and eventually evaporates. I sure hope the next Prez will have a good energy plan or we’ll all have to take this matter into our own hands. But we can do it!! Look at Brazil and their sugarcane fuel.

  • 5

    On 31 October 2008 at 5:59 am

    kingofnewyorkhacks said, 

    Gas or Health care. Its a fine mess they got us in isn’t it? And we didn;t even mention dental !

  • 6

    On 31 October 2008 at 6:20 am

    Shay said, 

    I saw on the news last night that Exxon Mobil reported record profits for the last quarter, when we were paying more than 4 dollars a gallon. Their profits were in the BILlions. As Marvin Gaye sang, makes me wanna holler.

    I filled my tank last night for 32 dollars, compared with 55 dollars at the height of the inflated prices. I just simply can’t afford fifty dollar fill-ups. And I drive a humble little chickmobile.

    Jannie, regarding the family homestead, I am SO not wearing a grass skirt there! But then, my traditional Michigan lesbian garb of jeans, dark long-sleeved tneck, long coat with pet hair on it, boots and beret mightn’t fit very well on Wakiki, either lol. Sings: I wear my sunglasses at niiiighttt…

  • 7

    On 31 October 2008 at 6:53 am

    Stacey / Create a Balance said, 

    We are paying around $2.98 outside of Chicago and doing a short-term happy dance.

  • 8

    On 31 October 2008 at 10:03 am

    Pink Ink said, 

    I have no idea!! Am I bad or what? I just load up on gas and drive off.

  • 9

    On 31 October 2008 at 10:26 am

    Mama Zen said, 

    I saw $1.91 this morning!

  • 10

    On 31 October 2008 at 10:52 am

    wade said, 

    yeah, yeah gas prices have come down. What is really important is the wonderful blog you did for your dad’s 72nd birthday.That handwritten note you included brought tears to me eyes. I am a 55 year old man with an 18 year old daughter. I hope I am as lucky as your father some day.

  • 11

    On 31 October 2008 at 10:58 am

    Suzie said, 

    I agree eating is a terrible habit. Thanks goodness you can spend your moneny elsewhere

  • 12

    On 31 October 2008 at 11:25 am

    Beth Partin said, 

    Anybody notice how gas prices always come down before an election?

  • 13

    On 31 October 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Jennifer (Danifer) said, 


    Honestly, I am not sure how much gas is right now in AZ. I just know I have to buy it :( But, I do know that it has gone done considerably because $30 fills ‘er up and before, it would only make it about 3/4. And yes, now my kids can have milk with their cereal instead of water – lol.

  • 14

    On 31 October 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Vered - MomGrind said, 

    Amen to freeing ourselves from oil dependency and yes, I think eventually we will.

  • 15

    On 31 October 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Jannie said, 

    King: I’ve got so many fillings I don’t even have real teeth anymore so luckily I’m good to go on the dental.
    Shay: I picture you in a ’87 Civic tattooed with Shakespeare’s best lines all over? Nah, a ’79 Honda CVcc, fireblossom red?
    Stacey: Hopefully you’ll wear out a good many pairs of shoes until gas goes back up.
    Pink Ink: Do mean drive off, as in “A Drive-off,” you naughty minx of all inks pink?
    Mama Zen: WHERE???
    Wade: now it’s me who’s tearing up. I guess I better buy my folks a computer and get them online so they can actually read my stuff on a regular basis. They did get satellite t.v. last year tho, so they’re moving forward.
    Suzie: about 3 times a day whether I want to or not, sometiems to the detriment of my wine intake system.
    Beth: this is actually the first election I’ve ever really paid attention to, but I’ll totally make a note of what you say for four years from now.
    Jennifer: And no more recycling my child’s leftover Cheerio milk for my coffee, whee-hoo!!
    Vered: Amen to your amen. Our mother of necessity will no doubt one day have to whoop our buttocks resoundingly.

  • 16

    On 31 October 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Miladysa said, 

    Roughly $1:60 per litre

    Have a great weekend 😀

  • 17

    On 31 October 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Thomma Lyn said, 

    Yup, paying less here, too. Down to $2.36/gal. today, and we filled up our Jeep. And yes, I hope very much that we can free ourselves from oil dependency. It’s high time, IMO. :)

  • 18

    On 1 November 2008 at 3:04 am

    Barbara Swafford said, 

    Hi Jannie – I’ve seen the stories about Brazil, too, and wonder, “why can’t we do that?” Our prices are steadily dropping and the savings are great. Every little bit helps.

  • 19

    On 1 November 2008 at 5:01 am

    Leigh Ann said, 

    I know….I drove by yesterday and almost drove off the rode when I saw it drop overnight!!

  • 20

    On 1 November 2008 at 11:41 am

    debbie said, 

    Here it is $2.39 and I was just thinking today that I would like to buy all I could, since it is on sale and all! I’m with you – even $25 a month savings is great. I had cut all the “fun” out of our lives and now, maybe we can rent a movie. WooHoo. Here, we were told we would have a 20% rate hike for our gas/heat this winter yet yesterday they announced that the CEO of our electric company was getting a half million dollar raise.

  • 21

    On 1 November 2008 at 11:58 am

    Georgie B said, 

    Right now here in CT, the gas stations are doing two tier pricing.

    Prices are sitting at $2.39 cash, $2.49 credit. Sometimes the price is the same for cash and credit.

  • 22

    On 1 November 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Miladysa: Is that the same as a Canadian litre? Oh, yeah it must be. Only the U.S. litre is of an to itself a measure.

    Barbara: I guess they have so much sugar cane in that climate. But yes, let’s go solar. Or nuclear.

    Leigh Ann: exactly – it’s incredible. Let’s see if it stays down.

  • 23

    On 1 November 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Cricket said, 

    $2.55…I have not kept up with it either. I pumped today and my 8 year old hollered out the price. Isn’t that terrible. He noticed in great detail before I did.

  • 24

    On 1 November 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Cricket: I should make that my seven-year-old’s job to scout the best gas prices while I keep my eyes on the road.

  • 25

    On 1 November 2008 at 2:58 pm

    kate said, 

    i have an uncanny ability to NOT SEE gas prices. ever. i have no idea.

  • 26

    On 1 November 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Bulldog said, 

    We may eventually get away from gasoline for cars. However, it will take a long time to find alternatives for trains and airplanes. Then, there other petroleum based products like lubricating oils, grease, feedstock for plastics plants.

    We need a unified energy policy. We need new drilling as a transition. Why buy it from the middle east and give them our $$? But drilling is wrong, according to some. We also need new nuclear plants. But nukes are wrong, according to some. France gets most of its electricity from nukes, for heaven’s sake. FRANCE. Wind and solar are also necessary.

    Hey, Washington DC! Look at the WHOLE menu – not just what gets you elected.

  • 27

    On 1 November 2008 at 8:03 pm

    vodkamom said, 

    I damn well hope so. I filled up my tank today (the old shitty Honda that was SUPPOSED to be Bitchy’s car…) and it was only $30.00! That’s right. 30 bucks. That felt good.

  • 28

    On 1 November 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Bee said, 

    We are paying 3.39 and were paying 3.99 or more a few weeks ago. Now I want to move to wherever you live! I’m lucky I only work 5 minutes away from my house.

  • 29

    On 1 November 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Bee said, 

    sigh my avatar didn’t show up!

  • 30

    On 1 November 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Bee said, 

    there it is!

  • 31

    On 1 November 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Bee said, 

    Okay, I don’t know what happened to my first comment but it could be the Mojitos:

    We are paying 3.39 and were paying 3.99 or more a few weeks ago. Now I want to move to wherever you live! I’m lucky I only work 5 minutes away from my house.

  • 32

    On 1 November 2008 at 9:53 pm

    StinkySwanson said, 

    Two weeks ago I had to give my kidney for a fill up… last week they only asked for a cornea and today I got away with what is left of my liver.

    I appreciate the trend but it isn’t going to matter as soon as I can figure out how to keep my balance on my brand new skate board.

    Jannie… I envy your Halloween experience. As much as I wanted to receive margs the best I could do was gummie bats.

  • 33

    On 1 November 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Kate: maybe you’re lucky enough not to have to drive? Or very rich? Or very happy just to merrily roll along in life?

    Bulldog: yeah I never thought about airplanes. Trains I guess we could go with electric like a lot of Europe. Indeed, train travel is what we should get back to, now that we’ve pulled so much of the tracks up. I know I love it – sitting in the bar-car with someone else at the helm, (preferably one who’s not smoking pot or texting his 18-year-old lover.) I’m all for not buying oil from the Middle East. Let’s see what the New Guy In Power has in mind and take it from there. I think we are all committed enough to be working together on this. Of course, tell that to China who are now just getting to where we were maybe 40 years ago with car affluence. We’ll see, eh?

    Vodka Mom: you CANNOT go wrong with a Honda. I must e-mail you on that.

    Bee: Yes, come to Texas! Austin, live music capital of the World. Yes lucky you, living so close to your work. Oh, I think maybe my Avatar finaly kicked in the moment you commented on here, thus the lag. So cool to see you thrice, you wacky Bee-Meister.

    STINKY!!! My Love, when are you coming to Austin? We shall skateboard together. I’ll have them put a fresh coat of tar on the chipseal just for you.

  • 34

    On 2 November 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Lisa said, 

    We’re paying $2.07 in Nebraska. Every little bit helps. It’s gone down at least $1 a gallon since the first week of October.

  • 35

    On 4 November 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Lisa: $2.07. Das ist sehr, sehr gut, ya!

  • 36

    On 4 November 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Kimm said, 

    I filled up my car last week at a 1.o4 per litre (canadian litre). Though the sign said 1.09 per litre, I like it when it’s cheaper at the pump.

    I do know it’s cheaper for me to drive down across the border to get gas in wash state since I’m so close. But I think its a waste of time for cheaper gas.

    Kimm’s last blog post..Comments for a Cause – Recap

  • 37

    On 5 November 2008 at 11:56 am

    Jannie said, 

    Kimm: Yeah, sometimes driving to get the cheaper gas more than defeats the purpose.

    Jannie’s last blog post..Caught red-pawed!

  • 38

    On 9 November 2008 at 2:15 am

    Sheila said, 

    Nov 8th, gas in northeast Ohio ranges from $1.88 to $1.93 It’s joyous!

    I think we’ll finally do something like Brazil is doing when we get a serious congress who can finally make a decent decision. Or, one that learns to take bribes from the industry that will provide the alternative fuel. Don’t get me started.

    We need to do it, we CAN do it….why don’t we? Seems simple to me.

    Sheila’s last blog post..Goodbye.

  • 39

    On 9 November 2008 at 10:52 am

    Kerri said, 

    Gas today is 1.99 and its been like that for a couple of weeks here in SC.

    Kerri’s last blog post..Its that time..

  • 40

    On 9 November 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Kerri: It does feel pretty good, doesn’t it??

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