Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Big spending...

I've just filled the pick-up with diesel. Unless you fancy a 12 mile detour to take advantage of Tuffin's 'Spend £60 - get 10p off per litre' offer, the nearest fuel is in Welshpool - where there are no real bargains to be had. It's £1.19 at each of the town's 4 filling stations. Drive up, fill up and cough up.

JEEEEEEEEEZ! My bill was £72.47. Eek!

The tank was admittedly very empty but it is obviously very big too. As the numbers on the pump's dial whizzed round ever-upward I became more and more incredulous - to the extent of gazing down at my feet to see if instead of filling the tank I was in fact filling my boots. But no, diesel continued to gurgle into the truck, stopping with a splutter at £72.47.

The woman in the kiosk had obviously heard it all before; observing that things didn't often go down did they? We agreed they didn't. In fact another increase in price is due shortly.

5 minutes later I spent another £71 on dog food and worm tablets. That's £143.47 in a little over 10 minutes - on some of the most uninteresting things in the universe.

Going for a little lie down......

4 comments:

Exam Crisis said...

And to think that I was annoyed with a £1.04 petrol price. That is a lot to pay for something which is free as its broken down trees. Admittedly the process takes a long time but in the scheme of things that one huge mark up. Glad my engine isn't as big as yours is, you must have been filling it for a while. xx

Exmoorjane said...

Flipping heck! I wince when the gauage goes over forty quid. Adrian is up in arms about it all - can't believe we are all taking it lying down....but what do you do? Run on biofuel?

Pondside said...

Prices are up over here to - it's a shocker to fill the tank. We're always exhorted to 'change our behaviour' vis a vis driving, but there's not much we can do when there's no rural public transit.

elizabethm said...

Scary! We worked out our petrol bill properly the other day and had to have another drink.