9 everyday items that cost more than gasoline
Gasoline really isn't such a bad deal when compared with those expensive beverages from Starbucks or a lot of other products we use all the time.
This post comes from Len Penzo at partner blog Len Penzo dot Com.
I drove by the corner gas station the other day, as I do every day on my way home from work, and I couldn't help but notice that the price of gasoline had risen another few cents over the weekend. This time the sign was unapologetically advertising a price of $4.179 per gallon.
You know, I hate that sign. Some days I feel like it's taunting me -- especially the days when I have no choice but to pull into the station and fill 'er up.
"I've read your blog, Penzo," that dumb old sign seems to say. "You and I both know shopping for low gas pricesis a losing proposition, so suck it up and pay the piper."
The fact that I own a Honda Civic that averages about 35 miles per gallon doesn't make it any less painful. I still end up dropping more than $30 each time I fill up the tank.
Anyway, when I got home I had to share the latest gas price news with the Honeybee, who happened to be curled up on the couch with a good book (so I'm told). "Can you believe it? Gas is up to $4.17!" I said, not even bothering to say hello.
"That's 3 cents more than Friday!" she replied, also not bothering to say hello. With that, the Honeybee promptly took a sip from one of her favorite drinks -- a foo foo iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks. Then she said, "You know, gas prices are just outrageous right now!"
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She was right. But as I watched her take another swig of her drink, it dawned on me that gasoline really ain't such a bad deal when compared with those expensive beverages from the Starbucks menu -- or a lot of other everyday products for that matter. Consider that the 24-ounce caramel macchiato in her hand cost $4.65; if Starbucks priced them like ExxonMobil prices gasoline, that drink would cost $24.799 per gallon.
And we're complaining about the price of a gallon of gas?
There are plenty of other examples, of course. Here are just a few based upon a quick price survey I recently conducted:
Price Per Container
Price If Sold by Exxon (Cost Per Gallon)
Coke (vending machine)
Welch's grape juice (2-pack)
Kikkoman soy sauce
Simply Saline saline solution
Jack Daniel's whiskey
Tabasco brand pepper sauce
So, as you can see, when put in perspective, gasoline prices really are a bargain when compared with a lot of other everyday products on a per-gallon basis -- especially when you realize what you get for the money. Post continues after video.
After all, consider what a gallon of gas buys you. Depending on the type of car you drive, that gallon of gas provides the energy required to quickly transport you, your vehicle, and a load of passengers perhaps as far as 40 miles down the road. Not bad, considering what a taxi would charge for the same trip -- or the length of time and inconvenience associated with public transportation.
Think about that the next time you feel like paying the equivalent of $25 per gallon for one of those foo foo drinks from Starbucks, or a can of Red Bull at $30 per gallon. Now that's outrageous.
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What a bunch of crap comparing gasoline to other products. Most everything on that list I can live without. But I need to drive and will never buy 15 to 18 gallons of Coke or Tabasco a day.
Of course if I don't buy enough gas, Exxon's next quarter won't be 40 billion PROFIT !!!!!!!
Remember profit is after all expenses are paid.
Couldn't agree more. Stupidest article I've seen in a long time.
Oil company and "free market" apologists are destroying our economy and fast. If this re-distribution of wealth continues you can all kiss goodbye your futures and those of your childrens childrens children.
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