The high cost of just getting by...

United States
March 31, 2008 5:37am CST
I was just wondering, is anyone else thinking about or planning what they will do if the price of gas, groceries, etc just keeps going up. I have a 24 mile drive to work, and back home, 5 - 6 days a week, I've already decided that if gas goes to over 3.75 a gallon, I'm going to start trying to transfer to a station closer to home, and if that becomes not an option, I might have to try and find a job closer to home that pays close to what I am making now. I have already stopped making unnecessary trips to the store, mall, etc. And since I do a lot of walking anyway, I'm lucky enough that there is a small grocery store a few blocks away that I can walk too. So, what type of pre-planning, if any, have you do to try to cut costs?
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@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Hi Everyone, I am new to this and I hope this all comes out right. The rising price of gas should concern us all but I did do a little research which I believe everyone should check out. Did you know you can convert your vehicle to run on hho this is nothing but water, turn on your faucet pour in a gallon. You still have to buy gasoline but it states that it will save you 60 percent. I have written an email to my company since they have a hundred different vehicles. And guess what, it is good for our Enviroment so do your part and at least check it out. I just typed in the search engine gas and water and there it was the kit/guide. try it and let me know how it goes.
• United States
27 Apr 08
I'm not sure how that would work, will have to read more about it. I would think it would take more than just some little kit, I would think you would have to change out a lot, after all if you purchase gas and you get water in it, your vehicle is not going to run right. But I will look it up.
@musicman6 (2376)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Hi, p.a.L., how have you been doing? I have been so busy doing taxes, and now with bands, that I haven't had a chance to visit! I don't think that there are very many people that have realized that this is starting, and they are not taking precautions yet! I would venture to say that only about 10% of the people I talk to are even concerned with it yet! I personally have started making steps to get ready to "make that eight-second bull-ride" that we are headed for! I have brought my investments a little closer to me, so I can liquidate them in an emergency! And I have bought three boxes of ice cream sandwiches, and put them in the freezer just in case! I've quit spending money, and have parked my vehicle, and use it only for emergencies, or if somebody pays me for gas! I am looking at a motorcylce at this very moment, to buy and use it for transportation! And I plan on hiding all my money under the mattress, I don't know if that would do any good, but(don't tell anybody)! I just hope things will work out somehow, I have a lot of faith and optimism, and I am ready!!!
• United States
4 Apr 08
hi, musicman, i've been doing good, just glad spring is here, we've been getting a nice amount of rain, makes my job easier. I have to agree with you, I don't think people are very concerned with it, for now. I'm glad you stocked up on the ice cream sandwiches! ya never know! lol My s/o has a motorcycle, but up here he has to wait til the morning commute temps are a lil warmer than they are now. Promise, I won't tell anyone (that your money is under the matteress).
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
31 Mar 08
As of now we haven't made any changes and hopefully we won't have to. It does help us that my hubby has the use of a work truck to get back and forth to work. I sure hope you don't have to change jobs after finally getting your dream job.
• United States
31 Mar 08
I'm really hoping the same, hopefully they will work with us and let us work at stations that are closer to where we live. But, if worse comes to worse..... Oh, I'm also starting my own business, I'll let ya know when the website is up and running around the end of May. Heather is also going into the same business, and so far she is doing really well.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Being on a fixed income, we have given up going to visit friends, making the 10 mile trip to the mall, I have cancelled doctor appointments and made sure they reschedule them on the first of the month. We also have a grocery that is within walking distance of the house, but stuff is so high in their store. We have given up buying things like snacks at the store, the price of food has risen so much in the last month. We may have to down grade our cable to just basic for a while. Coming down to the point that you need gas to get t doctor's appointments and grocery shopping and bills to pay, and to buy gas going to have to give up anything that is a luxury in life, I think it is a shame what the government is allowing to happen to the working people of this world. Between the food prices and the gas prices I feel like they are trying to get rid of us little folks.