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How Much Is Gas Where You Live?
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Date: 9/1/05 2:26 AM

Okay ...I Knew gas was going to go up because of hurricane Katrina (and any other excuse they can think of in a given week) and the damage caused, but wow! Yesterday I paid a nasty $2.69 at the pump, which had been the steady price in my area for about a week. Today DH comes home and informs me gas is now $3.09!! Talk about an overnight price jump! This is getting ridiculous! I haven't been working due to recovering from a bad car accident last November, but when I was I had a 45 minute drive to work. It scares me to think what it would cost me a week just to drive there, if I was still working. My neighbor, a single woman in her mid 50's, who is a blue collar worker (read: doesn't make much money), just had to quit her job that was also 45 mins away. She has been with her company five years, but she owns a great big gas guzzling truck (left to her by her decesed DH), and she says she can't afford to drive that far anymore. She has since taken a job about 5 minutes from where we live. She calculated the cost of driving for a month, and decided that she would be making more money by taking the closer job which pays even less than what she was making at her old job. What a shame!


How mcuh are you getting ripped off for where you live? Has the price of gas personally affected you? We are thinking about selling DH's gas guzzling Ford F-250 pickup if this keeps up.
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Date: 9/1/05 3:34 AM

Yesterday morning it was $2.65 (fortunately I filled up!) and by the time I was driving home it was $2.85 (or thereabouts). Big jump for one day! I drive 35 miles to work each day - and I am giving notice today!! Gas is only a small part of the reason. I live in downtown Houston - DH walks to work. Think I'll start doing that or spend more time sewing!! I hope we don't have lines at the gas pump like we did in the 70s but I wouldn't be surprised (I know a lot of you are too young to remember that but it was awful!)
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Date: 9/1/05 4:56 AM

I think it's $2.85 here too...but that was a whole day ago, so who knows now.

For those that don't know, there's a site online where you can check your local gas prices before you go buy...

Cheapest Gas

Just so you're not surprised...I checked this site once, and the price report was at 3:30am...I bought gas at that station a mere 3 hours later, and it had gone up 10 cents in that 3 hours. It is nice that the site tells the date and time that the price was reported, but don't count on it.

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Date: 9/1/05 5:10 AM

I'm sorry, but if what you refer to is price per gallon, your prices on gas are still ridiciously low compared to what we pay (and always has paid).

Right now it's skyhigh at about 9,50 dkr /liter - compared to US prices, that would be $ 6.10 /gallon
Last year when it was really really low, we paid about 6 dkr/liter and in USD that is: $ 3.85 per gallon.

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Date: 9/1/05 5:32 AM

Gas went up to $3.19 up from $2.65 in MI. I hear in Atlanta it was $5.57 at one station on the news. I remember the lines in the 70's. I think we should have oil wells ready to go in Alaska for when we need them. We need to quit being so dependent on foreign supplies. Also what a good place for our oil wells to be, in hurricane alley. When gas goes up, so does everything else.

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Date: 9/1/05 5:40 AM

I was hoping to see some of our European friends add to this thread, Maria. I knew your prices were outrageously high a long time ago.

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Date: 9/1/05 5:46 AM

Maria, you are right. We have had it easy compared to European drivers.

We have lots of international travelers in the Orlando area who, when a television reporter holds a microphone in front of them, are giggling with delight at the gas prices here. They say "Wonderful! So CHEAP!" Unfortunately, there is a bit of a gas panic in Orlando right now. Whether it's rumor or fact, the word is out that gas will be scarce, and yesterday there was a run on local gas stations. As for price, I saw $2.55 on my way home from work, but neighbors said that as they were filling up, station attendants were running out to change the signs to higher prices.

Orange County (Orlando) Schools announced that if they don't get their regular shipment of diesel, there will be no bus service for kids next week.

And with all the uproar and higher prices, I am still so much luckier than Gulf Coast residents, who would love to be worried about something as non-life-threatening as gas prices .....

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Date: 9/1/05 6:00 AM

This morning gas is $1.23 Canadian per litre where I live in Southwestern Ontario. That works out to $5.55 US per gallon at today's exchange rate. Ouch!

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Date: 9/1/05 6:25 AM

Ah, we Americans so love our independance ...the ability to jump in our cars and go anywhere in this truly vast country. Public transportation has only really worked in limited areas...in Huntsville, it's a joke. One bus on each route, making one circuit an hour...and they wonder why it's not used more! As far as school busses go, the city expects any kids who live less than 5 miles from their schools to walk...at least, that's how far you must live from the school before they will add you to a bus route. DS is finishing up his senior year at his old high school, which is 17 miles away on the other side of town. But, since he initiated the transfer, we are responsible for his transportation (they wouldn't even give him a bus ride from that school to the local one). Grumble....
Oh, Gas went up from $2.53/gal to $2.72/gal for regular at most of the brand name gas stations here yesterday...but, this being Labor Day Weekend, I expect the prices to pretty much go up daily. But I know we're still unbelievably cheap compared to the rest of the world. But, without a decent public transportation system, there's no backup. Gas is going to become a major budget expenditure for at least the immediate future, I think.

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Date: 9/1/05 6:25 AM

We pay about 1,40 Euro a liter. How much is a gallon? 3,8 liters or so? so that will be 5,30 Euro, that makes about 6 USD per Gallon...

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