If the women of my acquaintance are all up in my grill about buying bras for under $20, the men in my life have only one thought - and for once it's not about sex. Nope, it's that other main male concern, CARS. In particular, GAS. How am I going to fill up my gas tank with only $20? Especially nowadays, when gas costs a billion dollars per gallon (thank you so much Dubya)?
Here is the sad truth: I haven't put more than $20 of gas in my tank for years. This includes when I go on road trips. Why? Because when I got my first grown-up-brand-new-I-paid-for-it car (a green Chevy Cavalier, in case you were wondering), it cost only $20 to fill the tank. And I considered THAT highway robbery, because my previous car was a Honda - which cost only $15 to fill. Now I was wasting five whole dollars. Ugh. I could have bought a pitcher of cheap beer with that.
Fast-forward to 2005, when gas prices started to creep (i.e. shoot) up. Now it cost about $35 to fill my tank. Also, about the same time the new gas prices were causing me to experience fun-filled apoplectic fits, I bought a new car (another Honda, this time an Accord). The Accord has a much bigger tank than the Chevy did. So today, if gas is $2.99 a gallon, it cost me $45 to fill my tank. Sorry, not happening.
So I stick to $20 per station trip. This drives every male passenger in my car (clients, friends, etc.) to go insane.
"Just fill the damn tank already!" they yell. No, not gonna, can't make me. Nyah.
In a nut shell (a very large nutshell) that's how I can stick to my $20 experiment when it comes to gas. And we are all better people for knowing about my weird behavior, right?