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What is your gas budget?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Expert Lawns, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    This is the first year that I have kept very particular, itemized records of every transaction. I just added up and averaged out my gas spendings up to this date. I am a full-time solo operation with 40 weekly accounts. My average gas expenditure per month was $400. Over the past 27 weeks, the average gas price was $1.83/gal. I am getting ready to prepare a budget for next year. Just wonding where I stand and how you guys compare.
  2. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    I pay about a 1.80 and 2.00 for gas depending on the time of year, i fill up my truck (97 F-250 Heavy Duty with 2 tanks) and 2 mowers for about $500 or so a month. So roughly my profit for 3-4 houses a month go towards gas. I do about the same amount of houses you do also.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    Mine is usually somewhere between $350 to $400 for solo as well. Right now our gas is $1.92

    How I budget for next year is I take the number of gallons that I used from the previous year and times it by what I feel will be the approx. amount fuel will be next year on average. For example, I have already budgeted for next year by taking my gallons so far used this year and multiplied it by $2.20 (that is what I feel will be the average next year). I usually figure a high average to cover my buttocks.

    I must be doing something right because this year I still have about $600 left in my budget for gas and only 1 1/4 months before the end of the year. Which basically puts me in good.
  4. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    You've got me beat. Averaging $300/month. That number is skewed a bit tho as I was using a 4 cyl ranger up until the end of June. Now I'm driving a V10 F250. Needless to say I've spent alot more on fuel since buying the F250.
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    Mine is closer to 500 per month. I don't know what the average price of gas was.. I just filled up whereever. 89 in equip & 91-93 in truck. I cut close to 30 acres per week & the 31hp Generac likes to drink.
  6. Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Just remember to keep your truck gas and equipment gas seperate,you can deduct your highway use tax on your equiptment on your taxes. 18 cents a gallon here in OH
  7. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    I itemize my gas spendings into 3 categories: mowers/cans, trucks, 2-cycle
  8. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    We average about 500 a month,really depends on the time when and if the drought season starts...
  9. LawnSmith

    LawnSmith LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 389

    we average between $950-$1100/month depending on time of the season and/or equipment being used.
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    i spend more on beer than i do on gas.

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