Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Gas... how high will it go?

Gas, after being "down" to $3.02, shot back up to $3.15 here in Ohio.  Of course, I missed the $3.02 window and ended up paying $3.15 a gallon - or a total of $47.87 - to fill my tank.  There is talk about it hitting $4.00 a gallon by summer.  Do you believe that will happen?

There is not a lot I can do to cut my gas expenses down.  I live a half hour from my job but what I pay in gas and wear and tear on the car I more than make up for in property tax savings.  Also, property values are much more affordable where I live vs. where I work.  

I have looked into public transportation... aka, "the bus."  I am not opposed to this at all.  Rather, I would enjoy that option occasionally as it would give me time to relax on my way to and from work.  However, for me to take the bus would require riding on two separate bus services (two different counties).  This drives up the cost to where is it cheaper to just buy gas and drive myself.  Also, because the two counties do not coordinate their services well, the entire process, with transfers, would take well over two hours ONE WAY.  Sigh.... 

I wish Ohio would step up their game with public transportation.  I am just thankful it is not something I have to rely on, because life as I know it would be very different.  Do you have good public transportation where you live?

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In other spending news... I paid my $22.00 sewer bill today.  Isn't this literally "money down the drain?"  Hehehehe!   :) 

10 comments:

  1. It cost $48 to fill my van yesterday-ouch!
    Does your sewer bill include general water usage? Our water bill is almost $80 a month, even with us using it sparingly :(

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  2. Nope. Our sewer bill is just for the sewer. Water is billed separately (my bill is usually around $26 a month).

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  3. I have terrible public transportation where I live as well. I would have to drive a good way to the nearest bus stop and then it would take me forever to get anywhere. Plus I work at a hospital that's located in rougher area (read: horribly unsafe) and taking the bus to and from work, sometimes at night, probably isn't the safest thing to do. So I'm trying to add some no-drive days to my weekends and cut out pointless trips after work.

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  4. We have great public transportation in Houston, I use the Metro bus system daily! but it also gets price, I probably spend 100 a month on bus.

    Not sure why gas is expensive up there, there's a big BP refinery in Toledo...

    HS

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  5. That is very good and your gas too. Here in California we pay the highest price for gas in the nation. Now the new bozos took over and all programs suffer including public transportation. We have buses and light rail BART. It can help but, you have to do a great deal of walking and that means you need more food. It will be cheaper for you to drive. Homeless people get on there with germs. I am not trying to be cruel but it is true. There is no a/c at a buss stop.They are late and you could lose your job or be late everywhere. You could get mugged. They pulled a gun on me at a bus stop and got $40 so, you are lucky you are doing good.

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  6. P.S. We don't make up for it in wages either. The best place for a job and public bus and train ect.. is Colorado.

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  7. The public transport system nearest me, goes nowhere near my work, however my petrol for the week is never over $20 and if I,m stuck for a lift Hubby works almost similar hours and very near to my place of work. We did try traveling together for a while, but I kept having to say no to extra hours so I could get my lift home, so it ended up costing me.

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  8. There is public transport available but only for limited locations and it has never provided for anywhere I have commuted to. Living in the UK, petrol is currently £1.28 a liter. That might sound nice but there are 3.78 liters in an American gallon. That is £4.84 a gallon which works out to... $7.74 a gallon! ack!

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  9. Here in the Chicago area, I have the option to take public transportation, but the time (and standing in the freezing cold) make that a less appealing option at this point. I'll pay the gas prices, as long as they stay under $4.50 a gallon based on my current thinking now. We'll see. Sure hope it doesn't go near that point, though.

    I totally remember 17 years ago, back in 1994, seeing a sign for $0.91 gas. Those days are long, long, gone!

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  10. man i DREAM of gas being 3 something a gallon..it's over $1.10 a liter here ($4.40 a gallon) and has been for a while..oh well, c'est la vie

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