Most bearing sky-high gas prices
As the price of gasoline ticks perilously closer to the $1.40/litre mark, many locals are choosing to grin and bear it—and perhaps walk to work once in a while.
“It adds up a lot,” Christina Olson while filling up her truck’s tank at the Husky station here last week.
Olson admitted she often fills up over in International Falls, when it’s convenient, to save some money.
Laurie Beadle, who commutes to work, said she is changing her habits to adjust to the rising price at the pumps.
“I try to do everything before I head home,” she explained.
“You’ve got to pay it, you need gas,” she reasoned.
Still, her acceptance of a gas-guzzling vehicle only can go so far.
If the price shoots above $1.40?
“I’ll be probably looking for a vehicle that’s a lot smaller and better on gas,” Beadle said.
But not everybody is willing to bear the ever-increasing price of gas. Myron Hawrylak, for one, ditched his car years ago.
“I haven’t had a vehicle in six-and-a-half years,” he remarked. “I just couldn’t afford to have it so I did without.”
Although he admits transportation can be a hassle for him, he now uses a variety of ways to get around town.
“I use the old feet, walking here and there,” he remarked.
“When it’s decent weather, I bike,” he added. “I bought a rainsuit so I can get around even though it might be unfavourable weather.
“The only thing I have that runs on gas in my whole household is my snowblower.”
Hawrylak acknowledged few people would eschew gasoline to the same extent he has.
“But when gas gets up around the same price it is in Europe, I think you’ll see a lot of habits change,” he predicted.
When the price at the pump soars, don’t think local gas station owners are raking in the profits.
Tina Selman, owner of the Husky station here, noted gas retailers, whether independent or part of a chain, don’t make a profit on the gas they sell.
Their money comes from the smaller purchases customers make inside.
Selman said being part of a chain means she has no control over the price of gas, and simply can’t compete with prices across the river.
“All we can do is just offer good service,” she reasoned.