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Hoarding Gas: Is it really worth it?

Updated on February 23, 2011
Do you feel the pain everytime you fill your car up with gas?
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Are you being raped at the pump?

Everywhere you turn, someone is complaining about the outrageous prices of gas. Yet, there is very little we can do about the whole situation. For as long as I have been driving, prices for gas having been rising and falling and rising and falling. It a part of life we all have to deal with.

Yet, as prices continually rise, so do the comments about someone being “raped” by the simple act of filling the gas tank. I can’t say I blame them. The amount of gas that is consumed and used on a regular basis is substantially lowering the amount of money in my bank account! Yet, my income does not increase. Therefore, the rise of gas makes a person have to stretch their dollar even further than ever before. That will make for some real cranky people.

Does it make much "cents"?

A few months back I received an email. This email was intended to not only inform people, but to put a lighter note about the rise of gas prices that everyone is complaining about. It was a real eye-opener for me, and I hope it will be a real eye opener for you as well.

Obviously, the prices for certain products may vary a little depending on the city and the state, but overall, the price per gallon is obviously reflected. And while I am still cranky about the rise in gas prices, it makes me happy I don’t have to use any of these other products to run my car.

It also makes me wonder why people aren’t complaining about the price of that bottle of coke they purchase daily for lunch. After all, they don’t propose boycotting that bottle to get coke companies to lower their prices, yet, the same doesn’t hold true for the gallon of gas. Is it because gas is a necessity to get back and forth to work, while coke is just something we want, but don’t necessarily need? After thinking about it, does it make much sense?

Let's put things into perspective!

Bottle of Coke 16oz $1.59........ $12.72 per gallon

Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ............. $10.32 per gallon

Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ...........$9.52 per gallon

Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 ........ $10.17 per gallon

Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ......... $10.00 per gallon

Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 ...... $33.60 per gallon

Vick's Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 ..... $178.13 per gallon

Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 .. $123.20 per gallon

Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ....... . $25.42 per gallon

Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 .....$84.48 per gallon

Evian water 9 oz $1.49..$21.19 per gallon

Printer ink @3.3oz at various prices… @$5,200 per gallon!!

What other products can you think of that are this outrageous per gallon?

Hoarding gas...

Now that I have you thoroughly steamed about the rising costs of gas you are probably wondering what you can do about it. One thought that comes to mind is hoarding gas while it is still inexpensive enough to hoard. After all, with the national average, as of today (Feb. 23, 2011), being $3.19,(check out current averages here) it is more affordable now than it will be in 2012, when they predict gas prices to average at $5 per gallon. So what is the problem with this?

There is many problems to this hoarding, the first is that it won’t solve anything. After all, unless every person in the United States decides to hoard gas, enough which will allow them to survive for at least a month period of time, were no one will need to buy gas for at least a month, and everyone stopped buying gas at the same time, one person hoarding gas will be very insignificant to change anything. Even if this were to happen, it would be difficult if not impossible to coordinate this effort with the billions of people that need to be involved. The second problem, even if this happened and did work, once gas prices dropped, and people felt comfortable buying gas again, the pure act of buying gas again would immediately cause the gas prices to rise once again. This would put us right back to the same problem we were already having!

The next problem is purely a cost issue, which is the whole reason why the rise of gas prices is so irritating to people in the first place. They don’t want to spend the money. So, hoarding gas, which will be downright expensive to do, is probably more expensive then paying the gas prices of today.

Take this for example:

Say your vehicle held 15 gallons of gas. You use at least one tank of gas a week. To make it manageable, you would need three 5-gallon gas cans to fill up that one tank of gas. With an average of $10 per gas can, you would need 3 gas cans just to make it through one week… 12 to make it through one month. If you wanted to be able to go a full 6 months without having to buy an ounce of gas, you would need 72 gas cans. At an average of $3.19 per gallon of gas, how much would hoarding cost you?

To hoard for 1 week, it would cost you… $47.85 for the gas and $30 for the containers = $77.85

To hoard for 1 month, it would cost you… $191.40 for the gas and $120 for the containers = $311.40

To hoard for 6 months, it would cost you…$1148.40 for the gas and $720 for the containers = $1868.40

To hoard for 1 year, it would cost you… $2296.80 for the gas and $1440 for the containers = $3736.80

Doesn’t that show you hoarding will actually become more expensive than just buying the gas? And we haven’t even discussed the issue of storage. Now I do understand the gas containers can be reused, but to hoard, you will need to have enough gas containers to get you by for a certain amount of time. Eventually you will have to refill them with the much higher gas prices. Now wouldn’t you rather have a slightly smaller shock at the pump than filling up all those gas containers? After all, an upfront cost of just $47.85 is alot easier to stomach than $191.40

Final Thoughts...

Now that you see the numbers, has your perspective changed a little bit. By no means am I suggesting people should not be angry about the price at the gas pumps. It is downright ridiculous. After all, for the majority, gas is a necessity. We need it to go to work, so we can pay our rent and we can buy food. It really is a necessity. Not all of us are so lucky to be within walking distance to our job.

The problem is, there seems to be very little we can do to have much effect on the gas prices. So, the next time you hear someone complain about being raped at the gas pump while they are drinking their bottle of soda, you can laugh, knowing how happy you should be that our cars run off gas and not Coke!


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    • RealHousewife profile image

      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You better carry a defibrillator in your trunk:-) LOL

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I hear you about the gas prices... yesterday I saw it for $3.95. I think I had a mini heart atack. LOL

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      T.Y._Hudson 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Oh that picture is funny!

      I found the neatest thing the other day. There is a local general store near me that sells these little pamphlet sort of things. They are by year, and basically the catch is supposed to be that you buy the one that is dedicated to the year you were born. Example:

      I was born in 1980. The 1980 pamphlet tells about the most memorable things that happened that year. It also gives a small layout of the average prices for gas per gallon, the cost of a new car, the cost of a new home, ect.

      We get upset about gas, but when compared to things like healthcare, that have gone up over 400 percent in X amount of years, gas really96 isn't that bad. It's just the fact that we need to buy gas on a regular basis, and way too many people live paycheck to paycheck, on very tight budgets. So when gas prices jump, it hurts people more than some of the other things they buy, such as coke or snapple.

      When I started driving in 96', I remember gas costing about .95 cents a gallon. I don't remember the exact prices, but the average price per gallon was actually cheaper in 96' than it was in 80' when I was born.

      Whatever the case, $5 would fill my little 4 cylinder at least halfway back then. Today, it barely budges the needle!

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      Mr Tindle 6 years ago


      You are right hoarding would not do anything in terms of keeping the prices down. However if someone had allot of money to risk, buying up allot of gasoline and storing it away could lead to allot of savings or profits from selling in the future. This wouldn't be a viable option for most people though, since they don't have enough to risk. What if the prices actually go down (not likely) then they would lose $.

      I think we will continue to see gas prices, food, and most everything else rise over the next several years. Their is allot of turmoil in the world were oil is in abundance and government spending and central bank money printing contribute to inflation. The question is not if prices will rise, but how much? We will see though.

      Good hub

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      (real likes what barbergirl says): lol!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I hear you about the shoot up of gas. Out here in California it went up to about $3.56 very quicly and that is if you buy it at Costco which is about 10 cents cheaper than everywhere else. I have seen it as high as $3.81. Makes me a little naseous and then I think... Boy am I glad my car doesn't run on Soda like I do! :)

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      TheSenior 6 years ago

      Good hub. I really don't consider storing up on gas as hoarding for it will eventually be used. Some years ago one of my cousins when he was building his house decided to put in his own gas pump on his property and was able to get it wholesale for he made a deal with the supplier that he would buy a months supply at a time.

      Gas in the UK for them is 3.08 pounds per gal or in US is $5.44 per gal.

      So if you are able to stock up on gas and also have the ability to keep it safe - then why not! Also remember that gas in the upper midwest just shot from 3.17 to 3.42 in 2 days - because of tensions in the Arab countries.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm already there! (mad i mean) No I thought I'd leave the gas part out of my LA Girls Trip and talk about how much fun I had there - all that I saw - how different it is from the Midwest - I even dared to use your metro and bus system - now that was an experience!!! I slept as little as possible and saw as much as I could squeeze into in 4 days. Came home with blisters on the soles of my feet! I loved every second of it!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Is the hub going to be about your trip or the gas prices being so outrageous in LA - either way... I would love to heaar it! You can also do a hub on all the crazy stuff you pay attention to. I find myself doing the same thing. I always compare gas prices, cost of living prices, the differences in housing styles... sometimes it is enough to drive a person mad! Mad I tell ya, mad! LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I took a girls trip to LA last June (I'm gonna write a hub about it - wanna hear it?) LOL - gas prices there are about a dollar higher than here. In the Bahamas two years ago a gallon of gas was 6.00 - now isn't that sad that I pay attention to all that crazy kind of stuff? On vacation even!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Draig - just out of curiousity... what are the gas prices in the UK? I am glad you enjoyed the article!

      @RealHousewife - that is a great take - instead of putting all that money into gas driving, using it hoard and blow your house up accidently... then you can claim the insurance money and move closer and buy a hybrid or something... lol! I am glad we are on the same page with this one! ;) I couldn't help but share the cost breakdown because I found the numbers so fascinating. Nobody complains when they are drinking that soda! Those prices are "tolerable" I guess!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Loved it! Having a truck an an suv - I asked my husband if we should start buying gas by the barrel - he said yes then on 4th of July we could just blow the whole house up. Thanks - I feel validated now that I at least know, I'm not the only one who thought about that - now the cost breakdown - that's just darn clever of you!

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      Fantastic article. I am in the UK. And our gas prices would make most Americans cry.

      I feel we should be angry that we are still using cars that run on gas when we can feel its source running low.

      I have always thought that the governments of most countries have a better fuel source but would not want it freely available just yet.