# Is Gas Really that Expensive

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In the news, everyone has heard of the rising gas prices and the predictions of \$4-\$5+ gas prices in the summer.  In America, we are fairly fortunate compared to other countries in the world.  In many countries in Europe, the average price for a gallon of gas is about \$7-\$10.  In Canada, the price is \$4.50 per gallon.  Also, in Sierra Leone (Africa), the price of gas is a whopping \$18 a gallon.  Although the price of gas has significantly increased over the past decade, the price of other products are much more when brought up to the same size.  For example, a 20 oz. soft drink is about \$1.50 and there are 128 oz. in a gallon.  If you do the math, the price for a gallon of a soft drink is \$9.60.  Also, cough medicine is about \$5-\$7 for a 5-8 oz. bottle.  If you buy a gallon of cough medicine, the price would be about \$125-\$200.  For cereal, the average price runs around \$4-\$6 per 17.5-20 oz. box.  For a gallon of cereal, the cost would be about \$25-\$50 per gallon.  One item that surprised me in being shockingly expensive is ice cream.  The cost for a half gallon of ice cream is around \$5-\$7 and a gallon would be \$10-\$14.  After seeing how much goods cost when they're brought to scale with gas, maybe you'll think twice before complaining about how much gas is.

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