The REAL problem with Gas Prices

BY KARI OLFERT, THINKSASKATOON

We keep hearing about the gas prices going lower and how awful it is because as that happens our dollar is dropping and that’s terrible because you can’t travel as funly when our dollar is worth less. I remember when gas prices were going up and how terrible THAT was because now we had less money to spend on groceries.

As you can see, the only REAL problem with tumbling gas prices, is our perception. Maybe we need to do a little reframing. When gas prices go down…YAY! More money for groceries and when gas prices go up…AWESOME, look at that Canadian dollar, maybe its time to exchange some of that green for foreign green.

As you can see the grass is green in BOTH scenarios. Technically our lawns are also a little green because of the warming weather, which some dub as a global thing. We can dub it as GREAT because that means Saskatoon is going to be the place to travel to because it is now warm enough. Perspective. Never mind the too warm other places because here we pride ourselves on ignorance, not pride but we are independent and separate enough that things cost more here to import as some companies would have you believe due to pricing. Airports send their smallest planes out to Saskatoon. We’ve all come home from a trip, the last transfer coming out of Denver as you walk down the skinny corridor to the cold wing in the basement, walk across a tarmac onto that shitty plane, where the sleep deprived steward mumbles and mispronounces Saskatoon, like they’ve never seen a k in a word before.

The only REAL problem with gas prices now, is why haven’t the airlines announced that ‘due to fuel being less expensive we have decided to remove the fuel surcharge that was added when the prices were soaring’. I am not sure who to blame more, the media for swaying our ideas and emotions or the big companies for taking our money when they see convenient loop holes to do so.

Back to gas prices. I LOVE saving $20 at the station.

  • Robin Marshall

    It’s usually a lose-lose situation for Canucks! When our dollar is high, companies refuse to lower prices on imported commodities because they usually tend to get away with it (i.e.: U.S. book prices vs. overpriced Canadian price). When our dollar is low, then imports increase in value because, well…they’re more expensive. 😉 I liken it to buying foreign currency at a bank: either way–“buy” or “sell”–the nasty bank *always* get their cut!