On our way home from vacation this past weekend, I paid over $50 to fill up on gas for the first time ever. I knew this day was coming sooner or later, as I’ve flirted with this number at times in the past, and I also regularly see $70-$80 (or more) purchases when I pull up to a pump after a big SUV pulls away. But still… It was a bit unsettling to stand there and watch the numbers scroll by until they settled just shy of $58.
I still remember filling my old Honda Accord to the brim for under $10 in the mid- to late-90s. In fact, I once paid as little as $0.699/gallon. But on this particular fill-up, I was paying $3.399/gallon. On top of that, we now drive a Honda Odyssey and I had let the tank run down pretty far, such that I needed 17 gallons of the good stuff.
The only silver lining here is that I received $0.17/gallon in rebates from my Amex Blue Cash Rewards card. But even with the 5% discount, I ended up paying well over $50 to fill my tank.
Which brings me to my question…
What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a tank of gas?
Please limit your response to personal vehicles — any dump truck drivers out there might skew the results — and record your response in the following poll. As always, I also encourage you to leave any comments that might come to mind.
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