GEEZ! IS IT GOING TO BE 1973 ALL OVER AGAIN? I SUSPECT NOT!
TOP IT OFF! That action alone may save 2-5 gallon overnight.
ActiveRain member Randy Morrow asks about how we will react to $5.00 gasoline? How will it affect our business??
AH, I REMEMBER IT WELL. As one who is older than dirt, I recall vividly the gasoline crisis in 1973. However, I worked for the government and didn't rely on my vehicle for my job or business. I could always hitch a ride to a trap shoot with a trap buddy. My family visited me as long as I would feed them.
SO, WILL $5.00 GASOLINE CHANGE MY BUSINESS PRACTICES?? FOR ME??? Not so much. I made the accommodation to high gas prices over 2 years ago when we hit $4.00 plus.
I got rid of the Sequoia that got BLOCKS TO THE GALLON and replaced it with a 4Runner that gets more BLOCKS TO THE GALLON.
Prices at the best priced station in my area. This is a little gasoline station/convenience store in Leesburg. They are routinely $0.05 -$0.10 lower than other area stations.
WHAT DID I CHANGE 2 YEARS AGO??
HOW MY SHOPPING CHANGED. I started to shop more at the Super Fresh 2 miles from home and less at the Wegmans 15 miles away. If I get to Purcellville, the Giant is convenient. If I get to Leesburg, Safeway is convenient. Don't like Giant, but they have a whole wheat bagette that is very good. Don't like Safeway either, but they have a coffee that I like. As one who raised 5 children on my own, I know how to shop. Don't get me wrong, I can very quickly add a percentage to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, if I get loose in Nordstrum shoe department or Dicks fishing tackle department or Davis Gun Shop. However, groceries and gasoline are consumables that are not discretionary and can easily dent a budget in insidious and mysterious ways if one isn't concious of what you're buying.
I used to shop Harris Teeter. No more. Their fresh produce, which is primarily what I buy, is very costly except when the goods are on the verge of putrifaction. At that time Harris Teeter offer 2 for 1 sales that are priced at 2 for the price of 1.75. They thing we don't notice. Of course, the produce is not likely to make it to your frig either.
For an adventure, I stop at Trader Vic's when I get to the trap range in Centreville. It's a fun place to shop. Produce is often priced per piece rather than per pound. Since I like to graze, Trader Vic's has some great raw grain products like Muesli and other fat free and (to some folk) taste free but nutritious snacks that I love.
Still hate Super Fresh
Still love Wegmans.
I route chores and make stops en-route when convenient.
I work in a visit to a builder on just about every drive out. Got to stay on top of the housing market.
BACK TO 1973. At the beginning of the gasoline shortages, prices at the pump were about $0.35 a gallon. I recall vividly telling a friend, "Don't worry, gas will be come abundant as soon as the price rise dramatically." By the time the prices got to $0.55 a gallon, gasoline was abundant and the lines/rationing ceased. Funny how that happens!
TOP IT OFF! This is a lesson from the 1970s. When gasoline prices are spiking as they are today, TOP IT OFF. Don't wait for the gas tank guage to read 1/4 or near empty. Fill her up when you get to 3/4 or 1/2 full.
THE PRICE WILL BE HIGHER TOMORROW!
Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988.