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It's Official $4.00 a gal.

TomK's picture

Don't know about where you all live but Gas just hit $4.00 a gallon here in my part of Michigan this morning

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Well, we just are back from our around the country road trip.  We only paid over $4 a gal. once and I think it was near Chicago.  On the 21st we paid $3.57 at the Costco in Louisville.  I didn't do an actual average per gallon, but I would guess it to be around $3.88.

I must say though that timing is everything and God is so good, just a week after returning that is when prices really jumped, and round here is is well over $4.00 a gallon.  Our 6500 mile trip cost about $1800 just in gasoline, it definately was our biggest expense.

We did visit the southwestern Michigan village of Three Oaks (we are big Prancer fans!) We didn't buy gas there though! 

 

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"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

Thanks for sharing... I was definitely curious about the cost but thought it might be rude to ask.  You should start a blog about your trip!  The thing I am most curious about is how you entertained your kids in the car all that time. 

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 It is now anywhere from $4.13-$4.35 a gallon here on Long Island. I also have a Grand Caravan but it costs me $55 to fill up but lasts only about a week. I guess it is because I have to drive further every day to work. Well, does anyone think the prices might stabilize or ever go down? Long Island communities, as were most suburbs, created with cars in mind, so it is nearly impossible to get around without one. This is taking a big bite out of our wallets. Hope there is some relief eventually. Susan

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Our price is with yours Cindy.  I can't remember the last time we actually filled our van completely up.  We have been thinking of selling our van and buying a car to save on gas.  Fortuantely for us we decided a few years back we wanted to become debt free. So our cars are older...but, paid for.  So at least we don't have to worry about gas prices and a car payment during all this.  The bad part is would anyone really want to buy a van during all this?  It's crazy.  I read on one of our local sites for news that it may get up to 6.00 a gallon before summer was over.  Now that is just hear say...but, being the way things are going...it wouldn't surprise if it actually came to pass. 

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I do have a van pmt having just bought mine a year ago this past spring, but it gets 26 mpg on the highway - so not bad at all.  It is a Grand Caravan - so yours could be a full sized van.  But I pay about $50 every 10-14 days to fill up, so not too bad.

I know my dh's sister told of paying nearly $5 per gallon in 1984 in West Africa, so I try to not sweat it!  It does help that I don't have children at home and that we both now work, but we do still help out a lot for our oldest daughter who is a single mother of 3, our yougest & her dh are both full time student with him in medical school.  Our son is also a full-time student, owns his own gym & works another job (yes, it is nice being the non-broke parents of 3 college students!) - but we do pitch in quite a bit.

I have to drive farther to work than my dh, but it is still only about 4-5 miles each way instead of his 1 mile.  Which I may not have to do for about a week now - the office was damaged in the storms 2 nights ago & the bosses ceiling light is on the floor - the computers are tucked away in the warehouse and we have no internet or phones there, it seems - so am to learn by Tuesday morning about work this week.  I could use a week off though and it would be even better if it is with pay!

Cindy/KS

TomK's picture

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Well if anybodys traveling in my part of lower Michigan this weekend get ready to pay!!!!  Just saw at the Shell station  $4.19 a gal for reg....

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Ours went up to $3.79 yesterday.  I just filled up last weekend after our trip, so am good for about another week.

Cindy/KS

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Yours went UP to $3.79??  Sheesh, let's all move to Kansas! My local gas station's price is hovering right at $3.98. It's depressing.

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Yep - ours was $3.69 before that.

Cindy/KS

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I filled up this morning, cost me $50.00 @ $3.82 a gallon.  Of course I bought from a Speedway that was offering 5 cents off a gallon with a speedyreward card so I guess it was really 3.77 a gallon.  Either way, that was a lot of money for gas Frown

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"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

 Here in IA, it dropped from 3.69 (over a week) to 3.63 last night, but was back up to 3.68 this afternoon.  BLAH

TomK's picture

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Of course this all leads to one wondering what the cost difference is between us Englishers paying for gas & oil,etc for vehicles and the cost and upkeep of horses and buggies?

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As I see - and feel the pain of - rising gas prices I keep thinking of heating oil for this winter. Frown And hopefully, no hurricanes disrupting refining and distribution to raise prices even faster.  Families are going to have 4-way imposssible choices among heat, gas, food, and for some the predatory mortgage.  Maybe folks with the SUV's etc can cut two of the four by declaring their SUV a motorhome and live in it... Undecided

When I see families of 3 or 4 with big vehicles I remember Saturday's as a kid: an adult, four teenagers and a week's groceries for 6 in a VW bug.  Since the VW was much cheaper to operate than our 6 passenger Plymouth, it was what we used.  After we all left home nobody had a car that would seat more than 4 and when we got together for visits and the whole gang went somewhere it took 2 cars (or a rental for long trips).  Those drawbacks were happily offset by the daily savings of small, and  occassionally crowded, vehicles.

After living in recent years with easy to aquire, inexpensive excess, it will interesting, and painful, to see the changes from a consumtive lifestyle to a thrifty one.    --Kay

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Your blog reminds me of the different German exchange students I have had.  They are always amazed at how big my car is and it is consider a 'mid-size' car.  This past fall I took Peter, this year's exchange student, to Louisville. While there, we saw the new 'mini' Mercedes Benz's(don't know if you have seen it but they are very small) and made the comment 'how would you like to ride in that?'  Peter politely told me that that size car is what most Germans drive.  He also told me that they paid $4.00 per liter for gas!  Now I see that these smaller cars are the new thing to get, even Paul McCarthy is having on sent to his home in England.  I don't know if I would like driving anything that small, just seems unsafe with all the bigger vehicles on the road, like knowing I have a little something more to protect me in case of a crash.

Growing up my aunt bought one of the first VW bettles during the gas shortage.  At one time she had 5 teen age kids riding in the back seat of it (of course back then we didn't worry about seat belts).  I can remember hanging onto the hook meant for clothes to try to make roon for all of us to fit. Whenever my sons complain about three having to ride in the back seat, I tell them this story, which of course gets rolling eyes,  snickers about my trip down memory lane and other things that young men like to point out to you......

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"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

We drive a Trailblazer, which doesn't get too horrible gas milage but doesn't have any extra room with two adults and two car seats.  My husband would love to buy a Suburban/Tahoe/etc, but I have just had to put my foot down.  It is ludacris right now.  So either he will have to relent and get a minivan (sigh) or no more kids for the time being... unless we can strap a carseat to the roof!

 My mom and dad went to an auction last Sat to bid on a 90-something Ford Tempo for my dad to drive back and forth to work... he now drives an older Escort, but has put 160,000 miles on it and it is about to croak.  Anyways, the book value for this car in EXCELLENT condition was about $950.  This car had an oil leak, but it still went for $3200!  Crazy... but I suppose if you can get 30-some MPG, it would pay for itself pretty quick. 

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We have a credit card that gives us 5% back on all gas purchases.  It has a $500 limit, and until this month we've never come close.  Last week we had to pay cash because the card was maxed out! 

We live in an area where everything is a half hour ride away.  It's nice out here, but with these gas prices it's getting to be difficult.  My husband drives 30 miles each way to work, which is a lot less than most people in our area.

We need to do something......I'm sure the government can do something to stop the insanity!!!!!Yell

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We've discussed the topic of "partial fill-ups" on this site before. I seem to be the king of "partial fill ups."  Sometimes I just don't have the money or don't feel like spending it if I do have it....so I'll put $5 or $10 in my tank and be on my way (drives Rachel nuts, she wishes I'd just "fill up").  This morning, with gas at $3.95, I just figured $5 or $10 was pointless, so I put in $20....well, sheesh, THAT was practically pointless....I didn't even get 1 /2 a tank.....craziness.......If, Paula or Jamy, two of our regular Canadian visitors (or if anyone else from Canada is reading this), what are your prices now? And have your prices shot up as much as ours have over the past year??

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"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

It has hit 3.69 here in IA.

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 It is $4 a gallon here on Long Island (NY). I just filled up today and it cost me $55 . A lady at the station told me it cost her $80 to fill her SUV.  I think this price is outrageous of course, but it also made me realize that it is imperative for all Americans to cut back on driving, not only to save money but to make a statement.  This price has got to be a hardship on everyone, but especially those of you who live in areas where driving is essential to get to work. How are you coping? It would be interesting to read if anyone is doing something unique to save money. Susan

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Ugh...It climbed to $3.95 at the corner gas station near my house:(

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The news reported that it is $3.99 in Ohio, but here in Northern Kentucky it was $3.85.

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Here in Northern Indiana, (Bristol) it is $3.99 a gal.