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Old 02-10-2016, 12:36 PM   #21
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We are a two car family. Not yet retired. Live in a semi rural area, so nothing is real close. Below is just commuting and regular family "limo" type stuff.

2013 = $5600
2014 = $6000
2015 = $3700

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Old 02-10-2016, 12:40 PM   #22
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I live in a state with expensive gas. My kids attend a magnet school that is 10 miles away - and I drive them ONE way (they take the bus the other way)... so that's a given 100miles/week (r/t 20 miles *5 days/week). We have 2 vehicles - a 95 Dodge Ram PU that is driven less than 50 miles/month. And a 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid that is the main driver for DH and myself.

Last year auto fuel: 1372.93 (First full year of retirement.)
2014: 2393.32 (Both DH and I had commutes AND we were driving son both ways to school - so 200 miles/week just schlepping the kid.)

YTD for 2016: 165.71

Our utility bills are combo natural gas and electric. They break it down on the bill - but I don't record that information. Our heat and cooking is Nat Gas.

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Old 02-13-2016, 12:53 PM   #23
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We have 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel used to pull 5th wheel RV, 2006 Chevy Colorado, and a 2013 Chevy Equinox for vehicles and we have a Boat, SeaDoo and Lawn Equipment. We purchase all gas/diesel on one CC, makes it easy to track. Since we retired in 2012 we have been lots of road trips but none over 500 miles one way.

As far as heating gas, we used all LP Gas until June of 2012 when we installed Natural Gas and converted our hot water heater and heater in basement. We still had LP gas in the 500 gal tank from the last time we filled up tank in 2011, so we left our gas logs in the living room on LP until it ran out this past January. So now we are 100% on Natural Gas.

Here are our annual expenses:

Year Status Gas LP/Nat Gas
2010 Working 3,704 1,244
2011 Working 3,614 1,337
2012 Retired 3,764 100
2013 Retired 3,771 526
2014 Retired 3,857 575
2015 Retired 3,367 506
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:21 PM   #24
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Yearly Gumby household spending on gasoline:

2012 $3364.67
2013 $3427.81
2014 $3199.17
2015 $2170.33

Same lineup of cars and same commuting patterns for each of these years.
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:58 PM   #25
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Natural gas less than $25 a month, it could be much less some months, I do remember $12 on some bills. So I think $300 max for natural gas.
Gasoline is another matter, when we were working with long commute, it's probably $50 a week, so it's about $2500-$3000, give and take. Now that we retire, we spend very little. I have not need to fill out the tank for tow weeks, so I say half of what it was before, $1250-$1500 max.

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Old 02-13-2016, 03:34 PM   #26
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Gasoline (AR)- $1.19 including $.05 per gallon discount with Walmart Credit Card, which also gives me $5 off for every $500 spent.

I am frustrated with the utilities not reflecting the savings from Coal, Gas, Oil which are all at multi-year lows. I called our Electric Coop to ask why. Spoke with a nice lady that spent a lot of time walking me through all the reasons (excuses). Much had to do with the fact that they had chosen some years back to sign a 30 year coal contract out of Wyoming. So they are stuck and can't afford to buy it out apparently. And now they are stuck under the new Clean Air regulations with upgrading coal plants that probably should be shuttered or converted to natural gas but can't because of their hedging in coal.

We did recently see a $.01 per KW reduction on electric. Propane was $98 for 100# cylinder 10/2013 and is currently $78.
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:23 PM   #27
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$1000 - $1200 a year on gasoline
$400 a year on natural gas (heating)
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Old 02-13-2016, 11:00 PM   #28
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I use a tank every month or some times a tank and a half so 15 gallons at $2 or $4 doesn't matter much save $30-45 a month.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:12 AM   #29
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Spending about $3,000 to $3,500 a year on fuel. I travel to fishing tournaments a lot and we take our RV out frequently too; Yellowstone, Glacier, etc. Leaving next month for a few weeks in Utah.

Because we are gone a lot, our home energy is pretty small;
$120 a month for both propane and electric combined for a 5,000 sq ft house.
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Old 02-14-2016, 06:59 PM   #30
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Thanks for a the insight.

My conclusion is that for those here, the lower gas prices are a drop in the bucket as far as savings and spending go and are perhaps ever so slightly a psychologically positive.
But this wellness is more than offset by broader deflation , wage stagnation, and stock market pains.
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Old 02-14-2016, 07:16 PM   #31
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I spent about $150 on gas last year as I ride my bike more often than drive the car.

Last year's heating oil expense was $1000, this year's new natural gas furnace heating costs are $100 so far.

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