Is the rising gas prices to much for you?

United States
May 5, 2008 7:44am CST
I've been thinking about this for a while. I'm quite frustrated with the government, due to the fact that the rising cost of gas is making life a lot harder than what it could be!!!!I know that I don't usually do a vacation because of cash flow and having five kids we stick around and hit the zoos and parks but those are at least 45 minutes away and with the income that we have it's next to impossible anymore to have the cash flow to do that often. I own a van it takes 60-70 to fill the tank depending on how close to E I am .. But that being said I have to fill the tank at least 2-3 times a pay. I try and do all my grocery shopping at once so that I'm not wasting gas but face it there are only so many places that you can put food until your cupboard is full and I don't have tons of kitchen space. So my question to you is the gas prices giving you difficulties? What do you think has to be done to get this corrected and less difficult for low income families to the mid income families? We are all hit by this.
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@sunkissed (4332)
• United States
5 May 08
Bella, You are right this is affecting all of us. But I do not really know what if anything we can do about it.I do not hardly go anywhere. If I had to go to work eac day I would be really messed up. But then again, I would also be making much more money too.The gas prices are so high as are the food prices because of this.I cut back a little hear a little there.But when will we ever really be able to enjoy ourselves again, like we used to do. You have to sacrafise so much just to be able to make it from day to day.How much more can people give up?Will familys have to start living together once again in big houses,to make it, will have to grow our own food, never leave our own houses except to go to work, car pool!!Go to the grocery store once a week.. I just do not really know.
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• United States
5 May 08
I have just heard that the National average is $3.53 per gal! We are all hurting when we have to fuel up our cars to go to the store or whereever we need to go. Some of you are missing the BIG picture here! First, let me tell you that I am a Truck Driver. I tell you this to make a point and that is that My truck take 200 gallons of fuel to drive about 1000 miles. The average truck diver today will drive about 3200 miles a week. So lets figure at $4.20 per gallon (local price for Diesel fuel) and an average of 5 miles per gallon, we will burn up about 640 gallons of fuel this week per truck. Hold on to socks, that's $2,688.00 to put fuel in the truck. So who ends up paying for my fuel? You do! We charge the shipper that sends the food to the stores. The new cars to the Car Dealers, etc. Don't forget about the famers, those big farm tractors cost money to run as well. But what can we do? I suggest Park that big SUV except when you HAVE to drive it. Walk more ofton. We fat Americans can use the exercise! Grow a garden! It will be healthier and cheeper. Look into and convert over to Solar or Wind power. The govt offers many tax breaks and the price have dropoed for the solar panels. checkout www.northerntool.com one of my favs! Push for more US drillings and alternitive energy.
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• United States
5 May 08
Sunkissed I know what you mean it seems that families are going to be strapped and that more and more the middle and low income people are going to be hurt, it's the ones that are already below poverty that are going to be hurt the worst. I think that the person who could stabilize and lower gas prices and be for the lower income families would get my vote ... But as is it will never happen.
• United States
5 May 08
kenjonesga I would love to use solar or wind power if this was my house. I rent so I can't exactly do that I'm limited plus I have gas heat for the house and the cooking. Yes truckers are hit hard too. Never said that they weren't I feel for you guys. But I don't see you guys helping with boycotting the major gas companies to try and make a point .. Want things to change get every trucker in your state to park their truck for a week .. Do you know how that would hit and hurt the gas companies and the higher upper class that have those big suv's that can afford it . I have one vehicle a van that is all. I have a family of 7 no car can haul that. I live in an area were walking to the store is not an option and it's consider the in town. LOL!!! My point of the discussion was that this is hurting everyone how are we as a nation going to handle it .. How do we make those who make the decisions listen to us? I would love to use your suggestions if they were practical for me and mine. My oldest kid is 9 I have warded off vacations and all non neccessary driving.. But there are still places that I have to go and still things that I have to buy. I so want a hybrid car right now.. They are better for the economy and cheaper in gas. I hope that we as as society and nation figure out how to bend the politicians to our will and get the pipeline opened full force.
@xParanoiax (6998)
• United States
6 May 08
We might have a hard time actually having money to get to work soon...which is why I hope to get a mini cooper...since it gets over a hundred miles to every gallon. I always knew I might end up helping support my family -- I'm just a teen...but it's sad things have come to this. Every now and then I spend some money on some non-perishable food and I've begun storing it in my closet. I call my closet now, the "Just-in-Case emmergency centre" I also store spare clothes, blankets, and bags in there too...since knowing how bad the future might get, and how crazy people get when they're desperate.. Just in case. That's a phrase that pops up so much lately. We've never done very well, my family, we're technically on the line between middle class and poor, so... We know it's only a matter of time, and we're still trying to stay afloat even now. We're definitely feeling the pressure. My Mom's trying to sell some land so that we have somemore money soon (we're farm people, and though we were forced to rent a place in the city since last year's housefire, we at least still had the farm..it's breaking my mother's heart to sell it...and I just CAN'T think about it too much). Which means we had to get rid of some of our animals too...'cause we can't afford to rebuild and live there...and thinking about it, we mighta been better off for whatever's in store for us if we'd been able to stay living in the middle of nowhere on that farm. We need to put some pressure on OPEC, we need to get value back the dollar. We need independence from oil...that's all I know that will help us -- all of us.
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• United States
7 May 08
Very well put. I don't think I can add a single thing. I'm sorry about your situation. I know how it feels I have a family of 7 and we're keeping afloat just barely. I'm ready to just throw in the towl and say to heck with everything...
• United States
7 May 08
I know how that feels...but if we all don't keep fighting, then what would become of us all? It sucks that we have to make sacrifices about our lives and how we live now, especially those of us who didn't live wastefully or overly materially in the first place. We'll all get through this somehow, I know we will. I just hope things don't get too much worse.
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• United States
7 May 08
I agree with you there I hope it doesn't get any worse. I think that it's going to be very stressful in the upcoming days.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
5 May 08
I can't handle these gas prices because we've had to fit it into our budget now. Before we never had to and we only have one vehical as well. On friday my friend and I switched vehicals because my hubby and I have much of a further drive to work and back than she does. She has a Dodge Neon, and we have a GMC Jimmy SUV. For us to fill it from empty it would cost approximately $80.00 where her car is half that much money. I'm glad she suggested to exchanged vehicals to help us out otherwise my hubby wouldn't not be able to drive to work and that would affect our finances. I think to help us with this situation would be a raise of more money from both our work places, or maybe they could pay for travelling to work. There is one date out of the year when I get an email that surfaces, which recommends that we don't buy gas on that certain day so that the gas providers would go broke from that and would have no choice but to lower the prices. I do follow through with not buying gas on that day but I don't know anyone else who does and whenever I drive by the gas stations I see people filling up their vehicals. I get frustrated because of that!
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• United States
7 May 08
one day of not buying gas does not hurt these companies what hurts them is if you boycott them for ma and pa gas stations. Then the ma and pa gas stations recieve the profit and the major oil companies don't ... People don't realize that not buying gas it for one day is like placing a band aid on a svered limb to keep it on. It doesn't work ... You literally have to force these companies to have a constant loss otherwise one bad day means nothing. Post flyers at all businesses that show ma and pa gas stations then write a catchy phrse who do you want to be richer the poor or the ones who control our gas cost so that we have to continue to be at their will. Something. That way say your town has 2500 people in it and they see those flyer and 2/3rds say ok and do it. do you know how much more effective that is. We need to stop pissing and moaning and actually get off our but and organize a collective strike to show we mean business. Let me ask you this Have you ever notice the gas prices go down becuase of the one day boycott everywhere?
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
7 May 08
I've actually seen the gas prices fluxuate up and down. When it comes down it's not much but when it rises it sure rises up higher. I agree with you about making flyers to try stop or lower these prices from sky rocketing. We should make a flyer and spread the word just like you said! We'll just need a little time coming up with a creation.
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• United States
7 May 08
yep it's all in the planning you don't win a war with scattered troops. LOL!!!
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@dangnabit67 (2021)
• United States
5 May 08
Yes gas is too much. We cant afford much. Its either pick between food and work. You gotta get to work. We cant even take a car trip. We sit at home alot. We cant even go out to eat. We cant save money for a rainy day. Maybe its a way to help with fat people-LOL Forceing them to find other ways of getting around besides car. And if your exercising you will lose weight. Fix it by getting rid of money hungry Bush. You know he is making a killing on the stock market. Just because people wanted to try and make a better living at minium wage everything had to go up. Shoot your not making anything now. I really dont see prices ever going down. We will see more stealing and theft. People are going to get desprite.
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• United States
5 May 08
Your absolutely right people are going to get desprite and they are going to take matters into their own hands and it's not going to be pretty. So what do we do to get someone to listen before things got to he!! in a handbag. ??
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• United States
6 May 08
I wish I knew what to do. Kind of hard to go on strike when you need to go to work and eat. Perhaps flood the president and others with plea's of help.
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• United States
7 May 08
The president isn't smart enough to get himself out of a paper bag these days. I have thought of him as a white house puppet. Sorry my opinions. But maybe if we only patron the ma and pop gas places then exxon and mobil and BP will start to feel the hurt.
@tessah (6621)
• United States
5 May 08
we dont travel much other than my husbands commute to work everyday.. and my husband was smart enogh to actually invest his stocks in energy.. so with every rise in gas.. while it taps us momentarilly, boosts our retirement savings. i do try same as you to make the one trip for things needed.. and now get groceries delivered because its actually cheaper for their delivery fees than it would be to drive two towns over and back in gas money. 6 bucks brings my list into my kitchen.. no fuss no muss no lines no waiting.. and thats been a very nice (cheaper) convenience.
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• United States
5 May 08
I don't think we have that kind of thing here. But I do make it a point to spend at least 200 at one grocery store and that gives us a discount on gas I love when they have double gas discounts. It makes it worth while to shop at a little bit higher priced grocer if I'm getting a discount on gas.
@tessah (6621)
• United States
5 May 08
go to peapod.com and check if they have service for your area. i dunno where you are, or if there is even a stop & shop there. when we do our shopping there in person, they too, have a gas perk for dollars spent, and a gas station right there which is fairly priced considering other places.. so its a double perk.
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• United States
5 May 08
I shall have to check it out but I have never heard or peapod before. Thanks hun. I appreciate it.
• United States
7 May 08
No, as I am a hard core biker. I go grocery shopping with a cart behind my bike. I have cold and also wet gear for riding. I ride most of the winter too. I can't wait till the freeways are empty so I can ride cross country on them, and camp along the way.
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• United States
7 May 08
I could never do that ever.
@gangus2 (373)
• United States
6 May 08
I am frustrated too about the rising cost and don't see any end insight. I have been cutting back everywhere I can. I do think we are heading into some really hard times. I lost my job a year ago and we have financially been well off, funny thing, we were able to save more money since I no longer had the expenses that went along with the job. Now the prices of things are climbing at an alarming rate and it makes me wonder if we are just in a spiral down spin and have no choice but to go through it. I have bought somethings to stock up on, but only to save some money in the long run. I did buy seeds, to plant so that I wouldn't have to do the stocking up, you are right there is only so much space and besides if others' find out what you have and are hungry, what do you think they will do? Karen
@gangus2 (373)
• United States
6 May 08
And by the way, as far as the Government goes, don't rely on them to fix this, Katrina, Social Security and anything else you can think of should be a tail-tell sign of how they will fix things. I betting that it will cost us more than it is right now if they try and fix this. Karen
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• United States
7 May 08
Then maybe it's time for a whole new government. what do you think or at least the people who are in it.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
6 May 08
Ahhhh what topic u have started since last 45 days, the gas prices has been increased by 25% and so effect all other commodities and u know what i have to travel almost 80 Miles(130Km) every day, so its adversly effecting my BUDGETING lets see where this hike will stop
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• United States
7 May 08
It's not going to stop and a lot will get hurt from it.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
8 May 08
Scary isnt it
@ocean3 (17)
• Russian Federation
6 May 08
It's affecting everybody and not just in the United States! The rising gas prices have global impacts. And you have to look at what is driving it. The main problem is that the need is driven by it (gas) being the main solution instead of some NEW WAY of energy so that is the source of continuem . Them you have the GREEED of the gas companys and their monopoly in needing to keep gas as the main source so that they can keep profiting. A network of problems interacting and gaining for them selves and that's just a short not getting into the enviromental aspect and it's horrific consiquences.
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• United States
7 May 08
Tell me about it. It's a global problem and we globally need to pull together and kick someone's but.
@cricket1 (487)
• United States
10 May 08
Great answer ocean3, I agree. We the people need to get educated and try to start using solar or windmill power as much as we can and let them keep their oil. when demand goes down, so will their prices. We need to get to where we don't need it and it is destroying the enviroment. It's not just gas for cars it's our fuel for heat and also powers our electricity in most cases, we need to get off the dependency of it as much as we can. This thing started years ago. The world is being destroyed over greed. The world is our home, we should do what we can to keep it healthy.
@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
6 May 08
I am affected by the gas price increases. I live in California and need to drive 15 miles back and forth to work. This is a necessity. My social life has been gravely restricted by the gas prices and I am also spending less on food, etc. and delaying payments on other bills at times due to the need to have enough money for gas. The gas prices here are the second highest, from what I have heard, in the Nation. It used to be that I could fill up my car for $15 or less. Now, I am paying $30 or more and getting less. I am frustrated, angry and furious with the oil companies and with the politicians for allowing this to happen. I do not know what to do about this... There are those who say that eliminating the gas tax here in the States will help but it seems like it may not do as much as we hope. The president would say let's drill for more oil and get rid of all environmental safeguards. This plan has flaws. The environment deserves some protection. It seems like the refineries are problematic because there are too few of them and they do not maintain consistant production. We also need to re-evaluate any agreements that we made in the past with OPEC and get out of them if they are preventing us to refine our own oil. Otherwise. I do not know what to do.
• United States
7 May 08
Rember the boston tea party all that was started over the taxation of tea. Want to guess what the gas prices are going to force us to do!!
• United States
8 May 08
Well, I do not think it will be tossing gas into the Boston Harbor... That tea party with the throwing on tea into the Boston harbor over taxation without representation was a good idea then but I have not heard too many ideas about what to do now other than the attempting not to drive more which we are already doing. I seem to remember a time when I could purchase a full tank for less than $20 and now that merely buys five gallons of regular gasoline. Now, to a rich CEO or to an oil barron or to the President of the United States, that might seem like no problem at all but to most Americans it is a big problem. I have been getting fed up with those oil companies and with the politicians who have not the wisdom or the moral fortitude to stand up to them and to the Administration who is attempting to use this problem to ramrod oil exploration into areas of a sensitive environmental nature without having precautions about pollution of air, water and the degredation of the land for future generations. Just today, though he did have the sense to say that more refineries are a good idea... Perhaps that would help. I know that the natives are restless and that someone will have hell to pay if the prices go up any higher.
• United States
6 May 08
Well lets see I am now baking bread and making biscuits while looking on the internet for cheap recipes. I will plant a small garden this year and maybe a big one next year. We all pile into the smallest car in the family and only go to town if there is no other choice. We live fifteen miles from town. We are a large family who usually makes nothing from scratch so.. hmm.. maybe there is some good in this? There is one way I know that would take care of the problem. Gas strike! Diesel strike! 3 days of NO FUEL sales would send a clear message. It would be a very difficult time in this nation because the shockwaves from no truckers would reverberate for a good while. But hey if something doesnt change soon the trucks will not need to run because we wont be able to afford the product.
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• Australia
6 May 08
I really think that rising gas prices are having an effect on everyone in all walks of life. We run two cars as we both work at different places but on the weekend if we go anywhere we have to take my car which is a small four cylinder which is very cramped but cheaper on fuel. I don't know where this is going to end but we all have to make sacrifices just to get through the week.
• United States
7 May 08
yes we all do but should we have to .. Should the gas companies continue to get what they want and hurt us and the fragile economy?
@pooh08 (672)
• Vietnam
6 May 08
Although government of my country assist to prevent from price of gas rising, but I think it takes everything rising too. It's a barrier that the rich people can overcome. It's the poor people I feel sorry for. I'm not rich and not poor person. But I greatly sympathize with them.
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• United States
7 May 08
I'm on the low end of the pay scale so I feel it alot and to be honest I wish that those rich people got a pay cut that would be funneled into the economy to help the poorer ones.
@paulw33 (297)
• United States
6 May 08
oh ys gad prices are crazy i live n rome ny and my children well 2 of them live with there mom and that is in albany ny so i have to travel 2 hours away jut for me to go pick my kids up on a friday and then bring them home on a sunday cost me $115.00 it use to cost about $80.00 so now im mad becaue i dont get to see them much because it cost so much i couldnt really move closer because im with someone out here that has children to and has a dad out here so it would not be fair to them since im te one that chose to move out here i wish we could stop it but i dont think we can but i did hear of some new pills that you put in your gas tank and it is supose to save gas they now sell these in soe stores and if you go on ebay punch in mpg pils and they come up so im going to check that out
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• United States
7 May 08
Let me know if they work. Then maybe I'll try them in my van. Sorry that you don't get to see your kids that much becuase of the rising gas prices. grrrr. we as a nation need to put a stop to it.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
6 May 08
oh yes... it definitely affects my budget as well... there are some things that we have to sacrifice to cover the increase in the price of gas... we seldom eat outside now... we seldom drive off to far places now to save gas... and the biggest sacrifice we have to make is we have to wait to have a baby because we are financially not stable yet... i hope that the government will do something soon to rectify the situation for us... otherwise, many low and middle income families will suffer... take care and have a nice day...
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• Philippines
6 May 08
Yes! It is too much for MY COUNTRY. I am not actually affected directly because i dont drive a car. But everything is becoming more expensive... the prices of the basic commodities are not getting lower. Almost every week they go higher and higher making many people's lives MORE MISERABLE. My country is a poor nation thus many are suffering from poverty. I pity them and wish i could do something to help them. I am affected by the gas price hike but I am not like other people who really suffer because of this. Let's join hands and pray for the solution of this global crisis.
• United States
7 May 08
I say lets not vote anyone into office until our demands are met. I'm not talking just presidentially all over ... I'm talking our senate our state representatives. Also don't buy gas from the major companies .. Only ma and pa gas stations. Have the truckers strike across the nation for a week and see what happens.
@xtinelee (3378)
• Singapore
6 May 08
Yeah. The petrol price rising is quite scary. Very soon, the most expensive thing is not the owning of cars, but the gas to maintain it. Well, you can always try to use the new CNG which is environmental friendly gas. :D
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• United States
7 May 08
What is CNG. I have never heard of it do we even have it in the states?
@subha12 (18453)
• India
6 May 08
yes, it is too much. there are so many things associated with it. the gas, petrol and all. so its really hard. it is said that due to this huge gas price hike, also the food prices are touching the sky.its raelly somethjing taht is making me worry too much.
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• United States
7 May 08
It's just you it's families everywhere.
@chirantani (1382)
• India
6 May 08
Its affecting not only the middle class or lower middle class families, but also all of us as consuming gas has become a basic necessity nowadays.This rise in price should be cheaked.
@lala766 (240)
• United States
6 May 08
I am in Northern California about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. I saw on the news that San francisco had the highest gas prices in the nation $4.01 a gallon for regular. Gas where I live is $3.86 per gallon. It is ridiculous. I am going to have to cut back on my driving soon. At least I hope I will be able too. I can not believe oil companies are making record profits and we are struggling to fill up our tanks!!! The government should step in but I know that is not going to happen.
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• United States
7 May 08
The only way the government is going to step in is if we give them a reason to and we need to unify our demands and go at them. I keep saying if you don't buy from the major oil companies and only use ma and pa gas stations then your are hurting the major oil companies and they don't want to see a loss in their profits to some ma and pa station. becuase face it we buy gas and then grab some snacks or drinks and are on our way. If you stop buying gas at these places then they lose oil money profits and retail profits. also refusing to re elect our current people and give them the reason they did jack and Sh!t about the gas prices and jack left town so should they.