Do you remember the gas prices ten years ago?
Today I filled up at the gas tank and reminisced about the days when gas was affordable. In college, a gallon ran about 88 cents It made me wonder what gas prices were like 10 years ago, so I looked it up. According to this article, gas prices shot up to $1.72 in 2003. I vividly remember the day that I saw the sign change over to $2 per gallon. We had an in-home babysitter at that time, and I started paying her a bit extra each week because I felt so bad that she had to pay such an exorbitant amount to drive to my house. Today, gas was $3.16 a gallon for the regular fuel. WOW—pricey, right? That makes $2 per gallon look like a bargain! I drive a mini-van so it costs a bundle to fill up. We’ve tried downsizing to a small car but ended up re-purchasing a van just like the one we owned before. It’s just easier for our family right now.
To save money on gas, I used my Kroger shopper card. This saved me 10-cents per gallon. I try to wait until I need to fill up so that I can really max out the savings on that. I ended up saving $1.70 which isn’t much but every bit counts. I fill up the tank every 10 days or so, which means my savings should be around $61 per year. Adding in my husband’s gas savings increases that amount to around $120 per year. That’s enough to pay for our Netflix subscription, so it’s worth a few extra minutes of typing in a shopper number.