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May 15

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Betting on gas prices

So much has happened over the last couple of days that I need some time to digest before I write about any of it.

Instead, here’s something I forgot to share the other day…

As anyone who has a car is painfully aware, gas prices are going crazy again.  The best-priced gas station in town is right up the street from my apartment, so I always make a mental note of the price on my way to and from the highway. A couple of days ago I was coming home from the newspaper and saw that it was $3.87 a gallon.  I knew that I needed to fill my tank, but I was rushing so I decided to stop and get it in the morning.

Couldn't have said it better myself

Big mistake.  The lesson that I learn repeatedly with gas lately is that I should get it whenever I think about it, lest it go up again.

Which, of course, it did.  The next morning (only about 12 hours later), the price had jumped to $3.92.  I was SO bummed.  Do you remember when gas prices used to change by a penny or two at a time?  Now it’s 5 to 7 cents in one fell swoop.

I figured that since the price had already gone up, I would wait until I got home to stop and fill up.

This time, I took the right bet.

When I returned home that evening – much to my astonishment – the price had dropped back down to $3.87 a gallon.

You’d better believe I stopped immediately and filled my tank!  :-)

All of this reminds me of a trip I took cross-country with a friend in 1996.  We drove up into the Sierra Nevadas and we were absolutely HORRIFIED to see that there was a gas station selling fuel at $1.75 a gallon.  We thought it was highway robbery (literally!)

We were so offended that we took a picture so that we could prove to our friends and family back home that there was actually a place that was gouging customers so terribly.  We were sure they wouldn’t believe the absurdity of the price if we didn’t have photographic proof:

Ahhh…those were the days.

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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