Folks are nagging on one of our local FB groups. They are complaining that, right now, gas prices are higher here than in the city. Mind you, they don't complain when our local prices are lower, which is often the case. Quite often.
They want to vent that it's the fault of our local dealers, but those in the know explain that prices are set by headquarters. Local gas stations get told what they will charge. But most readers ignore the information and rant anyway.
This brings to mind one of my experiences which resulted in rather perspicacious (I think) insight.
My tank was getting low, but I drove into the city anyway. When I filled up there, I was disappointed that gas was 4¢ a litre more than it had been back home.
I filled up — 40 litres — and did the math. That tank cost me a buck-sixty more than it would have back in town. At that time, gas prices were high, so my total cost for the fill-up was about $50.
So, let's see ... I would have saved about 3% if I had purchased gas back home. Three percent! Three measly percent!
When was the last time that you went out of your way for a 3% sale? Would you hightail it to the grocery store for a 3% sale on anything? Say there's a 3% sale on steak, so you save 15¢ on a $5 steak. And if you missed that sale would you be overly vexed?
Think about it.
Since then, I usually don't even notice the price of gas. I just pull in and fill up, and whether I save or spend an extra buck is not important to me.
Now, the price of gas in general can be an irritant, but that's a different kettle of fish.