What To Do With Your Extra Gas Money

“We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.”

— Gloria Steinem

At the end of May 2012, the average gas price in Oregon reached $4.25. Today, it hovers around $3.27.  That’s nearly $1 per gallon less and, assuming a 15-gallon fill-up, …

… an extra $15 in your pocket every week.

Gas prices, July 2006, San Francisco, California 01

It’s not much, but it’s something. That money could be used to get a few groceries, pay down the credit card bill a little, be saved for when gas prices inevitably rise, buy some liquor to help get through a visit from the in-laws, or even get an extra present to put under the Christmas tree.

However, $15 could also,

  • Buy 10 free Sunday meals for those in need at Potluck in the Park.
  • Provide hot, delivered meals to a senior citizen for almost 4 days through Loaves and Fishes.
  • Give 3 McDonald’s lunches to the gas station attendant.
  • Buy a fleece blanket throw for a homeless woman.
  • Bring a $15 Target gift card to a family whose mom or dad has been laid off.
  • Put a dollar in a Salvation Army red bucket 15 times.
  • Send a family a flock of chicks through Heifer, International by tossing in an extra $5.
  • Pay for the coffee, or several coffees, for the lady behind you in the Starbucks drive-up.

It’s easy to ignore price changes or complain vehemently when prices rise. But when prices go down, a small window opens opens up.

The window of opportunity to change someone’s day.

Yesterday’s gift of time … Gave a McDonald’s gift card to my gas station attendant, thanks to the lower prices at the gas pump.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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