… by my European readers I’m going to go ahead and whine a little bit about today being the first time I’ve ever paid over $3.00 for a gallon of gas. Filled up the tank this morning at the local CostCo, which has a discount on gas, and it was still $3.04 a gallon making for a $39.00 fill up. If I don’t end up moving back to Canton in August like we’d been hoping to then I’m going to have to give some very serious consideration to getting a more fuel efficient vehicle sooner rather than later. Which is a bigger challenge than it sounds as my car doesn’t get bad mileage when doing a lot of highway driving (28 MPG Highway/18 MPG City), which I tend to do.
Still, it could be better. I think I’d like to pick up a new Honda Civic which is rated at 30 city/40 highway for the automatic transmission non-hybrid sedan. The hybrid reportedly gets 49 city/51 highway, but is an additional $7,300 higher in price from the base cost for the non-hybrid. Even if I bumped up to the EX version of the standard sedan the price difference would still be nearly $4,000.
Right now I don’t think a new car is doable unless I manage to go full time with a pay raise soon, but it’s something I’m not going to be able to put off indefinitely especially if gas prices keep climbing. Even if I were to trade in my Grand Prix the payments would be a hefty chunk of my monthly paycheck. Hmmm. I need to come up with a stupidly clever means of earning money and fame. Or at least money.