Comment on Monday’s prediction: We got a big hike on Wednesday, as predicted, although the price was 6 cents higher than I thought. That was because wholesale prices went up 6 cents on Tuesday. Consider me pretty much CORRECT, though.
Friday, July 16, 2010, 2:00 PM: As many of you know, I live in Ada and I work in Allendale. With I-196 closed, I’ve been driving on I-96 to Marne, and then south, so I have been spending a lot less time driving through Standale, where I keep track of prices. I’ve been using Speedway’s website and GasBuddy instead. As noted on Monday, I was surprised that the lowest prices in the area were in Standale last weekend. Standale has been the tourist trap of gas prices the past year. I drove through there yesterday and found out the reason for the lower prices: Citgo is open again! If there is any doubt, let this be more proof that the only way to keep gas prices down is to have stations like Citgo, Admiral, and independents who are willing to compete with the big boys. Yesterday afternoon, Citgo was already at $2.79.