Do you feel like you've been grounded?

United States
June 12, 2008 1:25pm CST
I do. With the doubling of gas prices I find I can't just go when and where I want to anymore. I reconsider every trip away from the house and cancel most of them because of the cost of gas. It is beginning to chafe. I love to travel. I love to drive through the countryside. [I live in a metropolitan area and miss the greens, the hills, etc.] We used to take day trips and weekend trips frequently. Haven't done that in a while. What about you? Are gasoline prices crimping your style?
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@coolmailraj (2461)
• India
12 Jun 08
It really is getting to me big time. Just over the last week I had to cancel two trips to a nearby city after looking at the price tags near the pump. I love to ride my bike and never used to clean but just ride it but now it is spending a lot of time standing still and I am just blowing the dust. The call charges are dropping and the fuel charges have gone so high that now most of the friends tend to just call and not visit the "places".
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• United States
13 Jun 08
Thank goodness for the internet and email! At least I can keep in touch with my daughters and their families through them. Not as good as a visit, but better than nothing!
• Canada
12 Jun 08
They are making things more challenging for me, but they are not cramping my style as yet. While I have to put more money aside for airfare for my frequent trips to the USA from Canada, I don't hae to worry as much on a day to day basis because I do not drive, and my CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) card allows me to ride local city busses for free.
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• United States
12 Jun 08
My daughter lives in Toronto where they have great mass transit. Here in Ohio there isn't much. We have city buses, but they don't go all the places we go. And they aren't all handicap accessible. Glad you aren't suffering from the gas prices.
@anniepa (26832)
• United States
14 Jun 08
Do I ever! I've been grounded by "Big Oil" and I don't see any end in sight to my imprisonment. I also used to love to go for rides and we used to always go on vacation and take a few nice day trips during the summer but I don't see that happening anytime soon! Airfares are so outrageous now I don't know how we'll ever be able to go to Florida again, it's downright depressing and frustrating! Annie
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• United States
14 Jun 08
I wonder if trains are a good travel option? I've not explored that lately. The problem is that often there are train routes to and from where we want to go. But I do enjoy riding the trains. Have you checked out routes to Florida?
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@anniepa (26832)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I've not only checked out trains routes to Florida, I too took one and never again! We went from Philadelphia to Orlando by train several years ago and it was so awful we flew home. We'd take the train because my son-in-law was terrified of flying and even HE got over that fear rather than getting back on that awful train again. Here's just one example of why we hated it: it was a 21 hour ride and the toilets all backed up less than an hour into the trip. It was bad enough for us adults but we were traveling with my two grandkids who were very young at the time. Annie
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
13 Jun 08
Yes, the ever increasing gas prices do up our expenses, and even if we are not car owners, we still end up paying higher for public transport. Each time there is an announcement of an increase in gas prices at the pumps, it makes us drivers frown. So far, my wife and I try not to let this price increases stifle us in our travels. Of course we try not to make unnecessary trips to save some money, but we still drive whenever we have to work, go to church, run errands, buy groceries or occasionally go shopping. If we cannot cut down much spending on transportation, then we'll try and save in other ways like eating less in expensive restaurants, going less to the movies, etc.
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• United States
14 Jun 08
Yes, cutting back on the "extras" is the first defense. We really are spoiled, aren't we? We whine because we can't afford to dine out or go to a movie as often, when there are millions in the world who are grateful to be able to have any food at all. I hate it when I get into the "poor me" mood.
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
15 Jun 08
You are right. These times of inflation helps us to cut back on unnecessary expenses, give up on extravagant spendings and reflect on our lives, how fortunate we are to be able to afford many things when compared to many others who are less privileged. My wife and I are always thankful for all that we have, and never want to keep craving for more, even if we have all the money to buy what we wish for.
@jczvrse (169)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Gasoline prices are ridiculous, we also use to go on week end outings to the mountains and such. We are no longer able to do this as a result of the prices in gas, in fact getting to work even is becoming more and more difficult with the price of gas, what are we to do when we can no longer afford to go to work? Yes this needs to come to an end soon, gas is a necessity of life to some, others can get by by walking bicycling bus but some can't. It is sad when you can't afford to take a ride in the country and enjoy life because of the price of gas. I find I am paying higher prices in groceries because I have to go to the stores that are closer to me that are so much more expensive, life is getting so hard.
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• United States
14 Jun 08
Even groceries are more expensive because of transportation costs and bad weather ruining crops. We just have to learn to live leaner, I guess.
• Estonia
13 Jun 08
well! im feel okey myself! because, i dont feel the others!
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• United States
14 Jun 08
Ah, you aren't old enough to feel the crunch much yet. I hope we can get everything into better shape before you are out on your own in the world. You aren't too young to help save the environment, though. Hope you are doing your part.
@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
13 Jun 08
week 5 - injury from workin a wildland fire
I am driving less, at least for those unnecessary little day trips. I thought about going to a farmer's market/flea market the other day, but reconsidered because of the gas that it would take. So for the most part my driving has been cut down except for my 10 mile round trip to therapy 3 times a week, and I usually try to add any errands to those days. However, due to my employer putting me on medical leave due to an injury at work, I am saving on the 45 mile round trip to work 5 days a week........I'd rather be working lol I've been off 5 weeks now with a splint on my left wrist, and will be off at least 2 more weeks if not more! It's saving on the gas expense, but it's driving me crazy lol
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• United States
14 Jun 08
BUT you are getting more myLot time! We appreciate that. What do you dislike about not working, other than the paycheck?
• United States
13 Jun 08
Gas prices are really killing us here. Stressing us out so much. Is there any end in sight to these rising prices?
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• United States
14 Jun 08
The best hope is that we will invest in sustainable energy sources and that we do it quickly. If we wait for oil prices to come down to solve the problem I don't think it will happen. Let's face it, most of the foreign oil companies don't really care about our economy.
• United States
13 Jun 08
Most definitely, the gasoline prices have really affected my lifestyle. I have had to make a lot of changes. I am not able to travel the 10 hour drive to where I am originally from as many times as I normally used to go. My boyfriend lives one hour from me and it cost me $30 just to drive to and from his home. Needless to say we have even had to cut back some on the amount of time we spend together due to the costs of gasoline. I have found that I now will walk to the corner store to grab a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk instead of driving. My children and I spend more time at the park now that is close to the house instead of driving to the one that we like the most by the lake. I just wish the prices would go down and stay down, so I could afford to visit my family that is so far away from me more often.
• United States
13 Jun 08
Well, walking will help you be healthier! But maybe you and/or your boyfriend could move closer so there isn't so much distance between you. Or you could meet halfway. Remember, love conquers all!
@sanell (2114)
• United States
13 Jun 08
yes I do, I have had to cut down my marketing around the town because Gas is so much money I can barely afford having my day care provider let alone, being able to make any sort of money if it is not a set appointment for my business. It really sucks. I have tried to do more phone calling but for marketing purposes it is so much better to go and find things happening in Person....it just gets a lot more done faster if you pop in and visit with people than to try to call them. It sucks!
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• United States
13 Jun 08
Wow. If it limits your business your income will go down and you can even less afford to drive. Kind of an endless downward spiral. Is it possible to "work smarter" by scheduling "drop ins" in neighborhoods rather than criss-crossing the city? Or is there some way to make marketing drop-ins more productive? I wish you only success in your business.
@ElicBxn (60069)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I know what you mean. I love to drive, but no can do. I don't even want to go out on the weekends, and I used to love to. I try to put off going to the roomie's folks and they don't even live that far away.
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• United States
13 Jun 08
I get so patterned to think of why I can't afford to drive that I think I often just automatically choose not to go places. It is like I hear a cash register ringing as the miles roll over on my odometer!
@Nana530 (286)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Without a doubt it is making a difference in our household. My daughter in law filled the truck and got gas for the lawnmower yesterday and it was over $100. So we have to really try to stretch a tank of gas these days. In fact, we don't plan on taking a vacation this year, just going to do things near home. So yes, it is definately cramping our style.
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• United States
13 Jun 08
I saw on t.v. where some credit card companies are putting a limit on how much can be charged at the pump on a single charge. I think they said $75, after which you'd have to take the card into the cashier with your i.d. A person could quickly go bankrupt at $100 a fill-up!
• United States
12 Jun 08
Youdon'tsay, this whole crisis is beginning to affect very part of our lives. You are so right, I have gotten to the point that I plan the weeks trips out with the car. No errands unless there is several to do in one day. No more "oh we are out of milk, be right back", we stay out of milk until there are other errands to be run, or it can be picked up after work. We do not drive 20 miles out to the lake just to watch the sunset any longer. We can not. At 4.00 a gallon for gas, it is not with in our budget to do so.
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• United States
13 Jun 08
The increased fuel prices raise the prices on everything else, so we have even less to spend on casual driving. It is like we are getting herded deeper and deeper into this shrinking corral.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
12 Jun 08
No....if I want to go somewhere I'll still go. If you take it into perspective and you get 26 mpg.....and gas is four bucks....it still only costs you about 6 cents a mile to travel. That's cheaper then alot of other things we do. Eating out...is very expensive....a movie per hour is very expensive......
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• United States
13 Jun 08
Those miles, and "pennies", really add up though. If I was still working I'd be driving thirty miles each way. That would take a bite out of my paycheck, for sure. Eating out and movies are pretty much extras but for most people driving is a necessity. Glad it isn't pinching you uncomfortably.
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I totally agree. We try to plan everything on the same day. We don't go anywhere not unless we have to. I'm unemployed right now. I can't even afford to go job hunting. So I have been looking for places on the internet that I can apply to. Its just rediculous. Gas here in Indiana is 4.20 a gallon. It cost my husband around 150-200 dollars a week just to go to work.
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• United States
13 Jun 08
Wow. Job-hunting must be doubly challenging for you! Could your husband car pool or take a bus or something? My goodness! That is costing close to $1000 a month! That's as much or more than daycare, if one has children. Hardly worth going to work! If you got a job, could you afford to go to it? Whew. Good luck!
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Heck yeah it is! My life has shrunk down to going to work, stopping at the store on my way home, going to work, etc. It's been ages since I've gone anywhere and we have so many places we could be going. We have a boat but we're not even talking about taking it out with the price of gas right now.
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• United States
13 Jun 08
Maybe this is the summer for all of us to become gardeners or landscapers to get our "fun in the sun"!
• United States
12 Jun 08
Yes, I definitely do feel like I've been grounded. I used to take day trips all the time to do my photography and I even bought a new car because my old one was overheating in the desert too much. But, now, I don't go anywhere. I can take a bike trip, but my stamina is not that great due to my health, so I can't go as far as I used to. I might take a car trip once I get my economic stimulus check. Some of our local small towns are really suffering because of lack of visitors. I hope to go up to one of them to help them out.
• United States
13 Jun 08
I think more and more people are "vacationing" close to home this summer. I know we are. Airline prices are up and driving is more expensive than ever. I miss the frequent day-trips. We're being more selective, going less frequently. Hopefully things will be better next year.
@metschica25 (5409)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Things have become harder for us and we have had to cut back so much .We were gonna go on vacation and we now are just going to the near by lake. Just getting so frustrated. I understand !
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@subha12 (18462)
• India
13 Jun 08
yes, i think so, due to thsi, there are price hikes everywhere. there is no respite. food, oil, daily life and all are expensive now. My GOD!
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• United States
15 Jun 08
Yeah me too youdontsay.I feel like ive been grounded bcoz if gas high price.Bfore during my day off we always go to my friends house who lives very far from our house.Now we only go there once a month....huhuhuhuhu!I feel im grounded...waaaaaaaaaaaa