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It’s a gas, gas, gas! May 27, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Personal.

Gas in northeast Ohio is almost $4 per gallon, and it’ll probably reach it consistently in the next few weeks as yesterday marked the unofficial start to summer and the travel season in the US.  Both my parents track their mileage, so I guess I was genetically predisposed to doing so as well.  Last week, I painstakingly entered my gas expenses from October 2003 to May 2008 for my 1998 Honda Civic LX.  Here are a few high and low points on the above graph:

  • October 14, 2003 – Gas was $1.40 per gallon in North Carolina.  Paid $12.25 for 8.76 gallons of gas (start of graph).
  • August 16, 2005 – First time I paid over $20.00 to fill up ($2.56 per gallon).
  • August 23, 2005 – Hurricane Katrina forms as a tropical depression in the Bahamas.
  • September 2, 2005 – Gas spiked to $3.30 per gallon.  Paid $26.81 for 8.13 gallons.
  • July 1, 2006 – Moved to Ohio ($2.88 per gallon).
  • April 13, 2007 – Paid $30.32 for 10.91 gallons for gas at $2.78 per gallon (first time over $30.00 to fill up).
  • May 16, 2008 – President Bush met with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah who pledged an additional 300,000 barrels of oil a day.
  • May 19, 2008 – Gas at $3.85 per gallon for my first fill up over $40.00 (10.50 gallons for $40.40 & end of graph).

As more info, the tank on the Civic is 11.9 gallons and all the gas purchased was 87 octane.  Luckily (I guess), I’ve been getting around 35 miles per gallon on my highway commute.  This is with a 10-year-old car with almost 150,000 miles on it.



1. Dad - May 27, 2008

I guess it is genetic!! We all have Honda (Acura) in our blood.

2. Ged Maheux - May 29, 2008

Yeah, about a month ago I started keeping track of how much I spent, what the price per gallon was and my milage. Beginning to chart it now. Its like a game… a sick, expensive game.

My 13 gallon tank is about to start costing me $50 to fill. Uugh.

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