Gas Prices–Not Only Thing Out of Control

It’s time for another critically acclaimed edition of a feature that I like to call Stupid People.

There is a man in local area who drives 14 miles in order to pay 2 cents less per gallon for gasoline. (It was a story in the newspaper.) That’s right, folks. This guy drives 28 miles to pay $2.97 per gallon because, in his overpriced corner of the world, gas is priced at least $2.99 per gallon.

When I see something like this, I turn the hands of time back to the days when I was in junior high school math class. I didn’t like school any more than this guy, but at least I learned a little something. Let’s say that our friend needs 12 gallons of Dick Cheney’s nectar to fill his vehicle. He would spend $35.64 cents in my town and $35.88 in his town, which represents a savings of 24 cents–that’s a quarter if he pulls a penny out of one of the red penny containers that’s at every gas station register in the country. By the way, I hope that he didn’t buy a soda for $1.55 or a candy bar for 75 cents while he was at the register!

But, as our friends on infomercials like to say, “Wait, there’s more.” And there certainly is. We must remember that our frugal friend lives 14 miles away, meaning that he’s driving 28 miles round trip in order to buy his gasoline. If his car averages a fairly decent by U.S. standards (which is sad to say) 28 mpg, then he used a gallon of gas in order to purchase gas.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, our fair friend spent $2.97 in order to save 24 cents. And that’s not mentioning the time he wasted–he could have been at home doing some financial planning. I heard that Fannie Mae is a great investment.

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