Rising cost of gas

United States
November 6, 2007 5:46am CST
Well everyone has noticed the rising cost of gas. I saw a news report on the local channel, some people will be spending less on Christmas shopping this year due to the rising cost of gas. Will you be spending less on Christmas this year due to this reason? or will you max out credit cards and over spend anyway?lol Have you had to change holiday travel plans due to the cost of gas? I usually don't over spend anyway, I normally try to buy one 'big' present for my s/o, last year it was tickets to the Flyers hockey game, and I usually spend on gift cards, since most of my gifts are sent 1600 miles to family. So I don't think the rising cost of gas will really effect my Christmas spending.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
6 Nov 07
We left this past thursday to go to my daughter's and gas here was 2.85 a gallon, on the way it cost more or the same as here and when we got back home yesterday it had gone up 10 cents a gallon. PITIFUL. I for one don't think there is anyway it should be up there like that. As for Christmas, it will not effect me since we stay home and the one daughter who lives out of town always comes here for the holiday. (Tami I know you know who I am talking about but others don't. That is why I didn't put names. LOL)
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• United States
7 Nov 07
Hope you had a good visit, we watched the race too. Our gas is up to 3.07, and probably going higher. We will only be traveling to his parent's house, 25 miles from us. Oldest may be going to Texas, not sure yet. And we may go see her around New year's. Just depends more on how work schedules go than gas prices. Only 6 1/2 more weeks til I'll be on leave til March! Survived my first season with the forestry service. Although my wrist is in a brace at the moment....whole nother story lol
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
7 Nov 07
Now did I say anything about the races? hahaha Gary, Craig, Misty and Tyler went to the races. I dog sat. This was Tyler's first nascar race to go to and he had to go on crutches!! We were at their house maybe 45 minutes at the most and he went across the road to a neighbors house and was running and tripped and broke his ankle. So, if you saw a little guy on crutches with a blue cast on while watching the races that was him. hahahaha
@musicman6 (2371)
• United States
7 Nov 07
Yes, p.a. L.,the rising cost of gas has caused a lot of changes here in Texas! Christmas won't affect me any, because I spend the same amount every year, no matter what! I got rid of all my credit cards, so I won't have to worry about that! Travel has changed for me, I've had to cut down on my long trips to see relatives, and my short trips to see my kids and grandkids! I got rid of two vehicles that use a lot of gas, and just kept one,because it hauls my music equipment! And now I'm in the process of looking for a small car with a small engine, to do all my running around in, I've even considered buying a motorcycle! And personally, I think that the high cost of fuel is only the beginning, I'm preparing a little in advance of some more troublesome economic storms! Oh, and the football games, they have just gotten way too expensive for me to pay that much! I'll just have to settle watching the Rangers play, I can still afford those games!
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
7 Nov 07
musicman, a word of advice. Please don't cut back your trips to see your family members. To me family and friends are everything and no matter how much the cost of fuel, if and when the opportunity comes along to go see them I am on my way. It does help us that my husband has a company truck for work that he gets to bring home and the company furnishes the gasoline. We do not take advantage of that, it is just to get to and from work and while at work plus he gets called out to work a lot at nights and weekends. But please, don't cut back on family visits. :) Have a great one GO LONGHORNS AND COWBOYS
• United States
7 Nov 07
We’ve heard stories about the refineries that have been affected by Hurricane Rita and Katrina, along with other statistical reasons for these soaring gasoline prices. No doubt most citizens are greatly affected by the explosion of the increase in gasoline per gallon and are not happy about it either. We are also hearing reports about some gas stations experiencing “drive offs” (people filling up and leaving without paying). Even if we don’t agree with the extremity of the gasoline prices, we must be mindful that “drive-offs” affect the employees of these establishments and their families. In all due respect, they really have no authority over these gasoline regulations and it takes money out of their pockets.
• United States
8 Nov 07
Although drive-offs are wrong and illegal, it is theft, it does not directly affect the sales person working at the convience store or gas station. I have worked at several, and it did not affect me personally as in coming out of my pay check. However, it is a theft, and the police are notified and given a description, and often times a license plate number
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
7 Nov 07
We generally have fairly small Christmas's anyway so it won't affect that really. What it has affeted is our savings. We used to have a little left over after each paycheck, but after the last payheck we ended up with $8...we did have a few small unexpected expenses but it still gives you an idea of how close it's getting for us.
• United States
7 Nov 07
I know how that goes, just when ya think ya might get a little bit ahead....... I see a lot more people living from paycheck to paycheck due to this increase in gas prices, as well as other living expenses that will be indirectly affected by the rise in gas prices.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
7 Nov 07
i agree that the cost of the gas had risen quite significantly and i also feel the effect of it... but thank God so far it doesn't really affect us much... we just have to cut expenses in other areas and use our money more wisely... as for our christmas shopping, me and my hubby haven't started yet... so we don't really know how much we will be affected by it... recently, we are hit by intrest rise... 3 times already so far... it hurts us more than the rise of the fuel...
• India
7 Nov 07
tats not my prob... my parents prob.. i'll njoy my life until i becum a father.. ha ha ha
• China
7 Nov 07
In china,gas price has risen 10% recently which cost 5.09 rmb per liter now.(2.58$ per gallon).This price does not include fuel tax. Fortunatley,I do not have a car or even a scooter.But I am planning to buy one... I puzzled whether should I buy a car in future.
• Australia
7 Nov 07
It is getting harder out there with the price of gas rising. I live in Australia and the interest rates are rising along with gas. I don't drive a car, I drive a scooter. Which has helped cut down cost considerably. However I haven't notice that much of a difference with the price of gas going up. I still buy the things I want and I don't think it will effect my christmas spending. I will still by stuff for my family and friends!
• Canada
6 Nov 07
Yes you are right the cost of gas, petrol and diesal has gone so much high that it is real difficult to manage. I remember the time when i first purchased a scooter in 1992 at that time petrol was only INR 13 and now it is near to INR 51. Infact with this increase of cost people are still purchasing vehicle without thinking of increase in cost.