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Average Brit family spends more on gas than food.....

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by falconer, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. falconer

    falconer Registered Member

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    Price of gas (Petrol) here in the UK hit £1.42p per litre today, and for the first time ever the average family spends more on gas than food each week.............

    Makes you wonder where we're all heading...
     
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  2. marusia

    marusia Senior Member

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    Gas is high here too. I live in one of the cheapest areas in the nation for gas and it's $3.81 USD right now. In the summer it usually rises to about $4.50 per gallon. :-/

    Oh yeah, I'm in the USA.
     
  3. falconer

    falconer Registered Member

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    You lucky americans..........at today's exchange rate we're paying about $8.64 per US gallon...........
     
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    You actually don't know how cheap gas is in the US. Consider yourself lucky, really.
     
  5. marusia

    marusia Senior Member

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    Duh, I forgot you go by litres instead of gallon. Sorry, was trying to empathize with you. Although, my town doesn't have public transportation, as well as it doesn't have sidewalks almost anywhere. Add to the fact that everything is so spread out, not driving your own car is damn near impossible.
     
  6. OldSalt

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    I'm in the US too... but let's do some math on what Falconer pays per gallon in USD to compare.

    1 gallon = 3.785 liters
    1 GBP = $1.61 USD so 1.42 GBP = $2.29 USD

    3.785 * 2.29 = $8.67 per gallon! OUCH!

    Let's hope for all of us to make alot more money so the gas isn't so bad on us - and that overall it goes back down some...
     
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    dotcomdesigns Power Member

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    1 gallon = 4.55 litres

    £1.42 x 4.55 = £6.46

    £6.46 for 1 gallon.

    Exchange rate £ to $ = 1.62

    £6.46 a 1.62 = $10.46

    UK price is $10.41 per gallon

    What I'd give to pay $4.50 a gallon :)
     
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    Ah, is a US gallon different to a UK gallon?
     
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    BTW - side note: We can't really do this comparison this way because it's not 'apples to apples'...

    When I visited England I noticed that when I converted my money over, that it went far less as it would go in the US - and I'm not talking gas cause I didn't drive. I'm talking things from food to souvenirs. When I opened up a paper it seemed that the Brits got paid about the same in pounds then we got in dollars so that would mean that their money goes much further in the US and ours not as well in England.

    If we figure that a Brit makes about 1 GBP for each USD that an American made, then we'd figure the equivalent at 1.42 @ 3.785 = and would come out to 5.37 GBP per gallon. Again, if a Brit made about as many pounds as we did dollars, then you'd be paying about $5.37 - which is still pretty damn high!
     
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  10. marusia

    marusia Senior Member

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    1 US gallon = 3.78541178 liters

    1 (UK) Imperial gallon = 4.54609188 liters

    Again, I was trying to identify. It's not the first time I've made it clear I'm a dumbass, and I assure you, it won't be the last either! :girl:
     
  11. falconer

    falconer Registered Member

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    Just wondering if any BHW member pays more than I do...............!!??
     
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    But what is the average daily commute for a Brit in km? I must drive 50 miles (80kms) per day to commute to work and home. This doesn't include any shopping or detours. I can't imagine many Brits must drive 80kms a day to report to work. I've been spending more on gas than food a week for about a year. No public transportation is available around me.
     
  13. falconer

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    RAC figures from 2007.

    71% of UK workers travel to work by car, 11% walk, 8% use the local bus, 6% use rail, 3% cycle and 1% ride a motorbike to work.
    54% of all the cars available in the UK are used for commuting purposes.
    25 million people commute daily to and from a fixed place of work.
    The average commuter will travel two and a half times around the world during the course of their working life.
    When business travel is taken into account workers travel an additional 1.3 times around the globe during their working life.
    20% of all distance travelled is for commuting purposes.
    15% of all trips in the UK are made for commuting reasons.
    The average daily commute is 8.7 miles a 6% increase since 1995/97.
    The average commuter travels for 54 minutes a day.
    One in ten commuters have a daily journey in excess of 2 hours.
    3% of UK workers are 'extreme commuters', travelling at least 3 hours everyday.
    People working in London have average daily commutes of 86 minutes, almost double the commuting times of other regions.
    Men commute on average 20% longer than women.
     
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    Holy Crapballs Batman! One more reason I'm glad I moved! I was living about an hour away (35 mins without traffic but with congestion at a tunnel) - Now I'm just 15 mins away with almost zero congestion. Driving to and from work is thankfully now stressfree for me. :)
     
  15. Nigel Farage

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    I enjoy watching "Prime Ministers Questions" or whatever it's called and one thing I've noticed is your representatives are absolutely shameless in their plaintive whining about the plight of the poor workers in North Binghamptonshire, which is just south of East Wellingtoningham.

    Over & over again, these pasty-faced noodle-dippers are begging for the government to do this, and begging for the government to do that, and the children in West Essexinghamptonshire are forced to burn their textbooks because there isn't any coal for the heater in their class room, and even little Oliver stands up and begs the government for some more gruel. All those middle-aged cross-dressers are constantly bending over, begging the Prime Minister to give them another whack with the cane "PLEASE SIR! MIGHT I HAVE ANOTHER?" in the hopes that they might reach just one more climax before the end of the day. And I imagine all the layabouts watching this on the "Telly" while drinking their "pints" of "ale" and they all agree that The Right Honorable Homophile Douchebaggington is doing a really great job of looking after the interests of the British Working Class.

    Well no wonder you got economic troubles. You-all ought to just change your name to the United Kingdom of Organized World Socialists and be done with all the pussy-footing around. Maybe you could sell-off all your video surveillance hardware to 3rd world dictators like Kony, and instead give back all that surveillance tax money to the people that earned it, so that they might reinvest it into your local economy.
     
  16. nonin

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    £1.42??? stop listening to radio... go around and you will see prices like £1.49 and £1.51

    these days if you see £1.42 - you are ok :))

    ... average money spent while shopping for family in supermarkets like Asda, Morrisons and Tesco would range £120 - £250 a week - I don't believe that most people spend more than £50 a week for petrol.
     
  17. bouquet

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    I have to drive to work, kids to school, to the shops to get food (and petrol) and out 'family' car takes about 70 odd quid to fill up and we're filling her up every practically every week!
     
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    In my country (Poland) litre petrol = 1.1 £ .
    Monthly minimal payment (required by law) = 300 £ (workers in McDonalds earn 300 £ per month - 8 hours a day, 5 days a week) but many people earn less than 300 £/month. 2 years ago i was working in bar (full time) and get around 200£ monthly.
    Doctor fresh out of academy - 400 £....
    Welcome to hell :pirate: