February 19, 2011

Why, For Two Cents!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:16 pm by dgcombs

My dear brother wrote about filling up his car at his local gas station: “I paid $3.20.9 a week ago and it went down 2 cents right after. Hate it when that happens.” Now I’m all for saving a buck. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned. Early to bed and early to rise. Don’t run with scissors.

But let’s take a closer look at the facts. Let’s assume you save, or maybe lose, two cents on a gallon of gas. If that gallon of gas costs three dollars, and your gas tank like mine holds 13 gallons, you could save, or lose, up to twenty-six cents depending on how many gallons you need to buy to fill up that tank.

Let’s presume that a gallon of gas costs three bucks. Your two cents per gallon will save, or cost, you a whopping one-twelfth of a gallon. My Honda CRV-EX gets about 22 miles per gallon. That thimble-full of gasoline will let my car lurch an additional 1.75 miles down the road.

I’m just barely old enough to remember when gas cost around 25 cents per gallon. In THOSE days, the two cents would have been closer to a gallon of gas. Of course, in THOSE days, that would have let a car travel almost 17 miles! As long as it was downhill.

So the next time your trying to decide which gas station to frequent, pick the one with the clean restrooms. That way, you won’t have to make an extra stop at Starbucks. And that alone will save you at least the cost of a Caramel Brulée Frappuccino.

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1 Comment »

  1. Emily said,

    I remember when….gas was 25 cents a gallon and Starbucks didn’t exist. A Caramel Brulée Frappuccino would have marked you for life. Propriety forbids me to discuss the extent of the ‘mark’. Entertainment consisted of turning off the gas and seeing how far down a hill the car would roll without power. That was when gas was 5 cents a gallon.


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