Gas – if you have a car, it’s one of those necessities that we cannot live without. Sure, if it’s convenient, you can take the bus or Lightrail, but you still eventually need to fill up the tank.
There are many sites like this one from the federal government with hints and tips on how to save gas – from changing your driving habits to planning your trips to combine several errands.
It’s impossible to predict if the price of gas is going to go up or down. It makes no sense.
When the BP well exploded and all the oil started gushing, I was sure that prices would go up, but that was an experimental well and it did not affect the oil supply. But BP, who owns the Arco AM/PM gas stations here in AZ, is bleeding money just as bad as the well is bleeding oil.
According to an article on MSNBC.com, BP, which has generated more than $100 billion in profits over the past five years, appears to have the financial strength to withstand virtually any scenario. Yet the possibility of a bankruptcy filing cannot be ruled out if the company finds that the best way to protect its assets, experts say.
The Arco AM/PM stations usually offer the lowest gas prices in the Phoenix area. I wonder for how much longer that will be.
Note: Boycotting the AM/PM stations hurts the local economy not BP. BP also sells gas to other stations that they don’t publicize.
There’s also possible war in the Middle East with all that’s going on with the Gaza Strip, Israel and Iran. That usually causes oil prices to go up.
But the prices in May remained relatively low. It makes no sense.
Not long ago, I heard a representative from AAA say that the prices were low because we had plenty of oil reserves. But now they say they are rising and will be through the July 4th weekend.
According to gasbuddy.com, the Phoenix area average is $2.687 compared to the U.S. At $2.739. Last year it was $2.709. (Gee, I remember when it was $.25/gallon!) But you can find gas as cheap as $2.47 a gallon.*
It’s frustrating when you pass a gas station with a great price, but you don’t need gas and when you do need gas, the prices go up. I remember getting gas in the morning and then passing the same station later in the day and it up by 2 cents.
The see-sawing change of gas prices is something that we just have to live with. I give up trying to understand it.
*Check Phoenix Gas Prices at Gasbuddy.com for the latest prices.
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