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Old 01-16-2016, 04:00 PM   #21
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We plan to do one extended trip south next fall. We are hoping that cheaper fuel prices and food prices will help offset the disparity in the dollars. Other than that, I do not foresee any other trips south until the dollar strengthens somewhat.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:19 PM   #22
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How about $1.49 a gallon Jim? That's the price today at our corner store.

I don't usually get to take advantage of it though - Too much flying and not enough driving.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:43 PM   #23
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Yup, and when I start my Baja thread in a couple of weeks it'll no doubt get debated some more.
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Looking forward to that Ron. We would love to take the trailer to Baja but wouldn't do it alone. Maybe you can stir up enough interest to someday lead a group trip?
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How about $1.49 a gallon Jim? That's the price today at our corner store.

I don't usually get to take advantage of it though - Too much flying and not enough driving.
For us Canadians to purchase gas in Texas at $1.49 US/gal is about $2.10 CAN $ at today's exchange rates. That is about 1/2 of what we are currently paying in Vancouver for gas. Go figure!!
They are almost giving the stuff away in Texas.
Way cheaper to buy gas than a bottle of Pepsi!!
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:00 PM   #25
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How about $1.49 a gallon Jim? That's the price today at our corner store.

I don't usually get to take advantage of it though - Too much flying and not enough driving.

My last tank in Juneau, AK was $3.31 / gal. unleaded, $3.09 / gal. for heating oil (#1).

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How about $1.49 a gallon Jim? That's the price today at our corner store.

I don't usually get to take advantage of it though - Too much flying and not enough driving.
Robert, when I first read 1.49 I thought we were still talking milk (you did say corner store - not gas station)!

We are looking forward to getting away on our trip to warmer climes on Monday, we are just going to have to be economical, very little eating out, have packed the trailer with lots of staples. One good move was changing a bunch of C$ for US ones at a currency exchange with better than bank rate and already six cents ahead per dollar since Tuesday compared to what I would pay at our bank today Hoping to use the credit card very little unless we run out of cash, if so we'll just go back to our daughter's in KS earlier in March.

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Old 01-16-2016, 07:22 PM   #27
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My last tank in Juneau, AK was $3.31 / gal. unleaded...
That's presumably US$3.31 for a US gallon of gasoline, or C$4.81 for 3.8L, which is C$1.27/L... roughly the highest price ever seen in Alberta, roughly what Vancouver B.C. people were paying last year, and far higher than the current price (under C$0.80/L) in Edmonton... even though Alaska is a major oil producing area. Location matters, and much of the difference by location is due to taxes.

Fuel prices are the bright spot in our current economic situation, and not by coincidence. Many of us in Alberta would prefer much higher gasoline prices, and the much better economic situation that goes with them here.

This leads to a traveling conundrum: with fuel cheap it's a good time to travel by car and trailer... if you still have income and can afford the rest of the travel expenses.
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Any refineries in Alaska?
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:30 PM   #29
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I read in the paper the other day about sudden rising cost of groceries in Canada. Like 7 or 8 bucks for a gallon of milk or dozen eggs up there. You seeing it?
No, and I doubt anyone really is seeing these examples. Some reporter probably picked up prices from some isolated remote community where everything is expensive. One grocery store in one small Alberta town is getting flack for prices which are much higher than the supermarkets, but that's like any convenience store - you charge what you can with a captive market, and most people buy most of their stuff elsewhere.

Others in this thread listed some real milk prices in Canada, which are not unreasonable. I do actually pay a lot for eggs, because I buy eggs from free-range hens (which are also "organic", and even "vegetarian fed" ) - regular eggs are half that price, and have not changed much recently.

Despite the exaggerations, many food item prices really are increasing, in part presumably because so much food is imported, especially in winter. Beef is mostly not imported, but has gone up hugely in price for other reasons. Ironically, milk and eggs are never imported here and are poor examples for recent issues.
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:54 PM   #30
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Any refineries in Alaska?
Yes. Refineries are one of the location factors; for instance, the town of Norman Wells NWT exists only to produce oil, which is sent south by pipeline, but is entirely dependent on imports of refined products (diesel and gasoline) from the south, so fuel is expensive there.

On the other hand, Alaska is not one little isolated town. Wikipedia lists six refineries in Alaska, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration confirms the count and shows their capacities, but it's not clear to me how many produce how much gasoline. Apparently one large gasoline-producing refinery recently shut down, and that may be part of the issue with the price of gas in Juneau, but the problem specifically for Juneau is more likely transportation - given Juneau's specific location, rather than the state it is in.

Gas Buddy says the average regular gasoline price across Alaska is US$2.40/USgal, or C$0.92/L... much cheaper than Juneau, cheaper than places in B.C. "near" Juneau, but still higher than Edmonton.

Location, location, location...
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