Back when I was a kid, my father used to keep a log of his gasoline expenses. He would meticulously record the cost of the gas, how many gallons he put into the car, and the total amount he spent.
He maintained several different notebooks, most of which were lost over time. He found two or three of these tiny notebook from 1992 – 2008. He took the time to transfer them to Excel. And here is this data, through the magic of the web, now available to you.
My dad’s historic gasoline logs from 1992 – 2008.
Here it is as an Excel-compatible document on Google Docs.
Now you know that my dad paid $1.02 for a gallon of gas on 8/31/1992. And then $1.01 per gallon on 5/3/1993. Adjusted for inflation, I wonder what that price would be today. Do you know how to figure that out? If so, please share.
UPDATE: Since originally posting the blog post, several people have mentioned that they or family members have logged gas prices, mostly for the purpose of calculating gas mileage. Many cars now include this basic average calculation right on the dashboard next to the gas gauge, but I bet there are people who still keep a log of their gas data. Hopefully more people share this stuff.
Gas prices are notoriously unstable and typically only go up, especially in the summer months. You can use this data for graphing, charting, or making some sort of infographic. If you consider economic factors that relate to the Middle East, including the transportation of foreign oil, are we paying more or less for gas at the pump? Is plastic (made from petroleum) more or less expensive?
This data is editable in Google Docs, so you can actually insert a worksheet with comments. Or you can download it as Excel.
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