Gas prices are up. Gas prices here in Nova Scotia are among the highest in the country. The (regulated) price at the corner is $1.321 per litre. People are freaking out. One by one, freaking out. But how much can you freak out, and for how long?
Antishay writes about the whining on her blog:
I had a conversation the other day that went something like this:
Friend: OH MY GOD Gas is now $3.71 a gallon!
Friend: THAT'S JUST INSANE. I can't afford that.
Me: I don't really look at gas prices.
Friend: I always go to Arco, they're usually $0.05 less.
Me: I don't know... five cents doesn't really add up. My tank holds about 14 gallons, so that's only a savings of $0.70 per gallon. It just doesn't make much of a difference to me. Granted, when we were in high school it was $1.14 per tank, but the day-to-day savings doesn't give me much to celebrate.
Friend: How can you not care? That's like $4 a month!
*sigh* Let me explain. Even if you're buying 5 tanks of gas every month - whew! - is $5 really going to BREAK YOU? Shut up! It's not a life-altering savings. You would be better off figuring out a way to buy only 3 tanks a month than driving around, hunting for the lowest gas price.
I don't know. I am a person of action. I see something I don't like in my life, I change it. I figure out a way around, through, or over the obstacle. I don't like whining, and so this will be the only rant for a while. I just don't UNDERSTAND why the milk costs or the gas costs are the cause of so much angst lately.
If you do the math, it doesn't matter that much! Go out and make an extra $5 a month and you're covered! $5! Come ON! Offer to walk your friends dog for a week and she'll give you $5 (hopefully more) and you'll have all your gas inflation covered for the month.
As a go-getter, I have trouble watching people complain their lives away without doing anything creative to stop the stress at the root.
Nice thoughts. Fixing stuff isn't easy, but whining doesn't usually fix anything.