Fuel is a patheticly cheap commodity. You do realise bottled water is more expensive? a chocolate bar and a bottle of water would substitute for what 80km of highway riding?
either 1) cut back on the silly things that become 'loose change items'
or 2) earn slightly more and go nuts.
The rate of exchange on fuel is still very low for what you get out of it. I can't fathom how people can believe it's a great expense, even on a minimum wage you can afford to burn as much of it as you want if you get your priorities right. Other things in life - which we never question the cost of - are so much more expensive and would be better served putting focus there if you want to be more financially efficient
But when the price of fuel goes up, it has a 4 or more fold effect on the price of everything else. Everything rides on a truck, tractor, ship, plane...it all goes up when petroleum goes up. Fertilizers that are petro based, petro distributed, etc. All of these things are affected multiple times by rises in petroleum costs. It doesn't grow on trees, either. Ethanol does.
Edited by madcap1314, 04 July 2012 - 11:27 PM.