I don’t think any of us are sorry to see fuel prices getting lower and lower these days. Gasoline here in the Orlando area is averaging about $2.45 a gallon and we saw diesel for $3.11 the other day. I wouldn’t complain a bit if they stabilized right where they are for the next decade or two.
A while back I was looking at some notes from our first year on the road, back in 1999, when we saw gas prices go up from 99¢ a gallon to $1.07 and wondered how long we could enjoy our new fulltime lifestyle if they continued to climb like that. In my mind back then, at $1.25 a gallon we’d have to do some serious thinking about our future as fulltime RVers. Yeah, those were the good old days for sure. Since then we’ve paid almost $5 a gallon a time or two. Those were the not so good days.
Yesterday Jim McManus sent me this gas tax map from an Exxon-Mobile blog last February, showing combined local, state and federal tax rates in each state. As you can see, where you purchase fuel can have a big impact on the cost. That’s why websites like Gas Buddy and Diesel Boss are so important to RVers. Sometimes waiting until you cross a state border to refuel can save you $20 or more on a tank full.
For example, according to this map, the difference in taxes between Florida and Alabama is about 15¢ a gallon. Guess where we’ll be filling up when we leave here in late January?
While I was busy with all of that, Miss Terry was busy planning her next weaving project. She had a bunch of patterns laid out on her desk and cones of yarn on the bed. I’m not sure what this one’s going to be, but I know that whatever it is, it’s going to be beautiful. They always are.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. Here’s a five star review the book just received from Sue Blumenfeld, “I really tried hard to pay attention to the details so I wouldn’t be surprised in the end. Once again, Nick Russell had me fooled with a surprise ending. This series is very easy to read and even easier to get addicted to.” To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.