I just went down to my local oil mans office, I signed a contract for prepaid oil to be delivered to my house. The contract covers (based on last years usage) 800 gallons of heating oil, to be automaticly delivered. Last year at this time I paid $1.65/gal. in a similar contract with the same co., This year the lock-in price is $2.44/gal.. Do the math, that prepaid contract cost me nearly $2000.00, My checking account balance just went way down. It's a good thing I also burn wood (that I usualy get for free), or my oil bill would surely reach $3000.00. I think I need to take a second job.