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How will you manage with out haircuts this month or longer?   The Consumer You: Marketplace

Started Mar-22 by Showtalk; 5807 views.
Showtalk said:

We spend a lot of time making sure everything is up to date and working so I rarely need a mechanic. And I’m not driving hundreds of miles a week.

Before the virus, I averaged about 1,500 to 1,800 miles per month. Now I have racked up only about 300 miles so far in April, and have about 60 to 75 miles to do tomorrow.

I need to rotate the tires, probably tomorrow evening.

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From: Showtalk 

Apr-28

That is a lot of driving!  It’s about 100 gallons of gas a month.

Yep. Although this month, I've burned barely 1/3 of the gas I would in a typical month. Maybe about 45 to 50 gallons.

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Staff

From: Showtalk 

Apr-29

Although 100 gallons in your state would cost about as much as 1 or 2 tanks here.

Showtalk said:

Although 100 gallons in your state would cost about as much as 1 or 2 tanks here.

I texted someone out of state a picture of the gas pump price a few days ago. Got a reply about 2 minutes later to the effect of could I FedEx them a 5 gallon can of the stuff as it would still be cheaper even with shipping - lol.

The cheapest I got recently was $1.42 a gallon. I hear that some people are still paying close to $4 a gallon. But that is where "regulatory compliance costs" have pretty much made some areas nearly impossible to afford the cost of living unless one is significantly more wealthy than the median.

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From: Showtalk 

Apr-29

I haven’t bought gas in 6 weeks so I don’t know the prices.  It was around $3.70?  Lots of taxes.  That is why people either buy vehicles that get high mileage or don’t drive much.  I saw someone driving a one seat car once. It looked like a car built on a golf cart and terribly dangerous.

Showtalk said:

It was around $3.70? Lots of taxes. That is why people either buy vehicles that get high mileage or don’t drive much.

Yikes. That's higher than it has been here in nearly a decade. I think the highest I ever saw locally was $3.95 sometime in early July 2008, just before the bubble burst. Then by December 31, 2008 it had imploded all the way down to $1.29 a gallon.

It has not fallen that far yet, here, even with coronavirus, although there is nearly a 30 cent a gallon difference between Midland and Odessa.

However, some places in Texas and Oklahoma they are saying it's actually plunged below $1 a gallon. I need to crank up gasbuddy.com to look at price heat map, and see what kind of numbers are being reported outside the Permian Basin.

Ahhh. Here it is.

https://www.gasbuddy.com/GasPriceMap?lat=38.822395&lng=-96.591588&z=4

You can <ctrl>scroll to zoom in and out, and drag to pan the map if Javascripts are allowed for the site (such as using FireFox with NoScript - have to manually give permission to the sites for scripts to work)

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Staff

From: Showtalk 

Apr-29

The price of oil is so low it’s almost negative.  That sounds good but it really is not.

It actually did go negative for West Texas Intermediate Crude.

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