Gasoline Budget Explodes

I thought I'd share an interesting observation. Sure, we all know that gas prices are high. Sure, we feel the pinch at the pumps. I checked through our gas purchases, and compared 2 months of use.

I picked February, where people weren't griping so terribly about gas, and June, when we realized we were fully ensconced in a gas price explosion.

Neither the Wiz or I are full time commuters. We don't go anywhere exciting all that often, meaning there aren't lazy drives in the country on a Sunday.
In February, our gas bill was $360. In June, the cost had risen to $630. Wow, that's $270 that just disappeared. Poof. Losing an extra $270 every month. That's a big deal. A Really Big Deal. I was wondering why our checking account seemed anorexic for the past few months. I wanted to just attribute it to unexpected purchases, but this is bigger. More Insidious.

That's an additional $3200 a year that's going to go somewhere that's not my bank account. That's like having another Christmas kick you in the ass. That's the annual budget for kid activities (ie. karate and horseback riding and soccer)

We've got 2 vehicles, one, admittedly, isn't terribly efficient (Nissan Pathfinder), but my Toyota Matrix is pretty darned small and economical. Unless all 5 of us have to go somewhere, (chickadees + dog), we normally take the Matrix. The Wiz lives less than 20km from work. We've got a year left on the Pathfinder lease, will we still be able to afford to drive it soon?

Today the price per litre rose again to $1.37.

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