As you brace yourself to open your new, king-size gas bill, take heart. Panic-priced oil, the ultimate cause of the gas bill, is a blessing for Grasping Gordon Brown. It is pretty well the only thing he has under-egged.
He based his Budget sums on crude fetching $57.40 a barrel. To maximise the amount of that sticking to his fingers he bumped up the corporation tax on the North Sea companies to 50 per cent.
In the event the price has been running at about $70 and hit $78 on Monday amid jumpy talk about the Iranians blockading the Gulf. It is big bunce for the Chancellor. How big we can not guess, because none of it has worked through to the official numbers yet.
The first instalment for the present tax year falls due only this month. But in January (in the 20045/06 year), corporation tax yielded a stunning £10.78 billion - that was £3.67 billion, more than in the previous January.
Not all of that was down to pricey oil, most companies had earned good profits.
But it helped. Maurice Fitzpatrick, an ingenious economist at Grant Thornton, reckons it is the sort of sum Gordon stands to get as a windfall on top of his Budget projections over the year.
Mr Fitzpatrick, who has a history of proposing beneficial ways for Chancellors to deploy windfalls, points out that it is about about 1p on basic rate income tax.
His colleague Chris Pedley, tax partner in GT's Birmingham office, took up the theme with a suggestion that it is enough to trim 8p off the tax on road fuels - reimbursing the cost of the oil price surge.
Pity, it won't happen. Gordon is already spending the money for you. The rest of his Budget arithmetic is unravelling alarmingly.
He - or his successor - needs every petro-windfall penny to meet his self-imposed "golden rule".
He can no longer take for granted even the Euro-rule about the size of the national debt.
Anyway, as the Conservatives have learned three times over, the British don't vote for tax cuts any more.
They are gripped by a belief that if only we pay enough tax the National Health Service won't get any worse.
Forget Sir Alan Sugar. If you have more than one child, grandchild, godchild, on no account give them Premium Bonds. There is a risk that one of them will win a prize. The others will then be consumed with uncontrollable jealousy. I know. It happened in my family.
Sir Alan failed to give this very necessary warning in his ads for the bonds. No matter.
His campaign worked. Premium Bonds accounted for £7.82 billion of sales of £11.2 billion by National Savings & Investments in the year to March.
N&SI has become a marketing phenomenon, gaining 620,000 new customers during the year and retaining 86 per cent of the funds in earlier in vestments that matured - a singular achievement in a nation that is supposed to have given up saving.
It also saved Gordon £268 million in what it would have cost to borrow the money in the market. He needs it all.