Feeling a bit gassy

Gas prices are spiking again, which always leads to one of my favorite pastimes: people complaining about the price of gas. I am convinced that the complaining that occurs has very little to do with the actual price of gas. Here is why. Let’s say that gas prices increase $.10 per gallon. And let’s say that you have a 17 gallon tank. Then, let’s say that you fill up your tank 4 times per month. Are you still with me? I hope so. Anyway, the $.10 increase in gas prices just affected you by $6.80 per month. Why do people complain about that?

I believe that people actually sense their addiction and dependence. Clearly $6.80 isn’t going to affect the average Joe. And don’t give me the “elderly person on fixed income” excuse. I am talking about all the people that you and I interact with on a regular basis. They can afford another $6.80 per month. People actually realize that, currently, gas is our only option.

My point? Yes, I have a point. People complain about gas prices because they don’t know what to do about the problem.  $6.80 is not a big deal. All that you would have to do to absorb it into your budget is take your lunch to work one extra day. May I suggest that you take a can of beans?

Disclaimer ****I am not trying to piggy back off of Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, if I won a Nobel Peace Prize, they should just get rid of the award.

2 thoughts on “Feeling a bit gassy

  1. Agreed, Pete! I really think people just like to have something to complain about … it really has nothing to do with the cost 🙂

  2. This is very true, but look how quickly it spiked. Here in Boise we went from $2.95 2 weeks ago, to $2.99 1 week ago, to $3.09 on Monday, then $3.19 by 5 pm Wednesday. And 10 years ago my car cost $15 to fill, now it costs $30. And I fill up 4 to 8 times per month, being in outside sales. Its the speed of the hikes, and the reasoning behind them that is disturbing. We are being gouged…no doubt about it.

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