Now that gas prices have went down,what will you be using that money for??.

United States
August 24, 2008 8:42am CST
I do not drive. BUT when i ask a friend to take me somewere i always give them gas money....and so i can feel the full effect of the gas prices rising and falling.. gas prices have dropped tremendously. im so excited!. so with all this money youve been ising for gas. now you will have left over... what will you be spending it on?. will it be bills,grochery food, just saving the money?, or will you be just spending it as extra cash money?... Me myself, i am VEARY bad about spending money.... so with the little extra money i will have from not spending so much on gas. i think i am ganna try to save the money in my bank.
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@Nana530 (286)
• United States
25 Aug 08
It hasn't gone down enough here to really tell much of a difference. It is still high and still poses a problem for all of us in my family. So I can't say that I am saving any money yet on the gas prices falling. But when it does, I'll use the money to catch up on all the things that I've just been paying minimum payments on like I used to do. Now that would be cool. Nana
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• United States
25 Aug 08
your post just reminded me of two small bills i have!. i owe this magazine club 20 bucks and also i owe bmg music 24.and some change haha mabey i shall pay that. obviously it will take me a few months if i just use the gas saving money.. but like you said that would be cool... it always feel so good to beable to pay thoes bills:) somtimes i miss being a kid.lol
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@Nana530 (286)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I know what you mean, awww to be a kid with no more worries than what to wear to school, or getting homework done, or which little boy in the class room you want to notice you. lol Those were the good ol days. :o)
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Indeed they were:).....
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
24 Aug 08
I doubt that many people will have money "left over" from the lowering gas prices! Most people have changed their lifestyles in order to be able to afford everything they need. Since gas prices affected food prices and the prices of everything else that had to be transported, almost everyone has had to 'tighten their belts'. I think people will be going back to a more normal lifestyle because of the lowering gas prices. I know I will! I used to drive more. When gas prices went over $4.00 a gallon, I would wait and only go out once a week at the most and hit every store I needed to, using the shortest route. I stopped buying certain foods, like costly fruits or vegetables, beef, etc. Now, I can eat more like I used to. I'm still being frugal, though, and saving that money in the bank! If this ever happens again, it won't hurt so much if there's money to fall back on. I started drying my clothes outside instead of in the clothes dryer because running it was so expensive. They smell so much better dried outside, too! I'm going to keep doing that. I'm also going to continue looking into solar energy because someday I'd love to not have an electric bill coming in each month!
• United States
24 Aug 08
Hi there mentalward,:) I do see what your saying defiantly. food especially meat has gone so much up in price all i eat now is chicken and beef. and that would be exsactly were my money goes... as far as changing life styles because of the prices... that is so me. haha i was just thinking while drinking my tea... just about 4 months ago. i got my leblue water machine and my water. then it wasnt so expensive because i had discounts and stuff. now ive just gotten a letter in the mail saying because of the rise in gas prices they are now charging a delivery fee:(... i have just used the last of my good water the otherday and now i am forced to use tap water LMAO... i know that sounds bad. but we have a well not city water so its so nasty:(.... yea i could probally dry my clothes outside if i tried ive never done that before. but if i did that i would have to buy liquid fabric softner wich cost more then just dryer sheets LMAO:p. Im such a big baby still when it comes to cutting down the cost of bills. ive still got some learning to do hahah.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
24 Aug 08
We have a well, too. I know what you're saying about the nasty water! We JUST had a guy come out to check our well. The water smelled like sulphur. Blech!!! No way I'd drink that! I wouldn't even brush my teeth without filtered water!!! He took a sample, then put clorine in it and flushed it through. We have a chlorine smell now, but it's so much better than what it was like! You can still use fabric softener sheets. Just dry your clothes outside, then bring them in and put them in the dryer for about 5 to 10 minutes with a fabric softener sheet. They get fluffy AND smell good! Ten minutes in the dryer is SO MUCH cheaper than 60 or 70 minutes in the dryer! Give it a shot!
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• United States
25 Aug 08
OMG!! are well does that too! it is so disgusting.. Like our washer. it was actually starting to stain the smell in it. sao i just washed plain water and bleach in it to try and get the smell out.. i wonder why wells do that:(. one thing is in our water. is i have got to test it. because the dentist i go to seems to think there isnt enough floride in the water so. well see...... i would have to agree. i would rather chlorine smelling water then sulfur:P... And i will try the outside drying just got to get some wire and clothes pins:) we live in a really small place and our electric is hitting 120 now. so i know we need to start doing some energy saving techniques bad Hahaha. thanks for the idea:)
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
31 Aug 08
Good that gas and oil prices are going down. I do not drive too but sometimes when I'm in a rush, I take taxis. A few months ago, some taxi companies introduce a taxi-surcharge due to increasing oil prices. Now that oil prices are down, the fuel surcharge is still charged to us. I really hate the taxi companies.
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• United States
8 Sep 08
Haha i know how you feel, i take a cab to work and to school. its crazyness. but since the drivers pay for half of the gas. without that surcharge the drivers wouldnt be making anymoney just putting it all into gas.:(
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
8 Sep 08
But.. only recently, they doubled the taxi rates.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Even though gas prices have went down slightly, I haven't seen much change in other prices - at least I haven't noticed them going down any! We did notice yesterday when we went to the farm supply store to buy chicken feed that it had went up from $7 to $10 a bag. We're thinking that this may be a result of the corn market prices reaching $7 a bushel a few months ago and hop that the price of the feed will come down as corn prices did.
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
25 Aug 08
It hasn't gone down enough, and we no longer have any spare money to speak of lol. All money now has to go toward bills and food. We're hoping that since we're moving to a house where the bills will be cheaper (we're flat out trading properties with a guy, no money involved)...we'll be better off soon. Not extremely better, but enough to make it through the winter, anyways.
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• United States
8 Sep 08
wow thats cool. moving into a new place. and no money involved that must be exciting.and to know youll benefit from it even more, thats awesome congratz and goodluck
• United States
9 Sep 08
Thanks
@Ithink (7859)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Havent seen a big decrease at least not enough that adds up to really be able to do much with. It does make it a little easier and not so much worry to make sure hubby can get to work. If there is any real savings it will go on the bills that need payed.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Same here..... im about to pick up another bill here ina few days..daycare! anyone would think i am crazy haha daycare is soooooo expensive. BUT it will be great for my little girl.and ill beable to work again:) yea worry about how you arew ganna get to work can be some veary bad stress. cause if you cant get to work. you cant eat, drink water from your facets,see in the darl to pee when ya want to... sucks!
@Ithink (7859)
• United States
25 Aug 08
It is hard for everybdy I think but when you have kids I do think it is harder. Good luck on finding a job.
• China
25 Aug 08
actually, gas rising or down, it's none of my business, i don't have car, or motorcycle. but what i care about is our electric car. i'm selling electri car in a chinese factory, i'm alwasy have good business due to gas is rising and e-car is new and environmental. now, gas price is going dowm, i don't know what will happen on our electri car, i still wish my business run well.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
ELECTRIC CAR!!!!! omg i so want one!! haha.. do you have to just like charge the battery or whatever??. how much do they sell for?... I hope and i do think your buisness will stay making good money because not only does that save people in gas money... it cutes it out all together!... ive never seen an electric car before:P thats way cool thanks for posting!:)
• China
26 Aug 08
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@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
24 Aug 08
It really hasn't gone down much. At least not enough to start thinking about where else to put it. So we are still watching our budget. And trying to save what little we can.
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@Beaver72 (446)
24 Aug 08
Here in the uk prices for everyting, gas (petrol as we call it), grocery shoppin etc. Continues to rise due to 'the credit crunch' at the moment we are paying top dollar for everyting (or rather top quid) but having said that our country pays a premium for most everything (current gas prices are in excesss of 2.40 dollars) and are not expected to decline soon. We pay 'top dollar' for everything from grocery shoppin to clothes shoppin, which may explain why us 'brits' travel to the u.s for bargains, but on the other hand we receive a free health service which is not available in the u.s so guess its a case of swims and roundabouts
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Oh wow even at 2.40 a gallon thats a bit cheaper then ours is... i wonder whats the diffrence in money compared to the u.s and the u.k Is it more or less i wonder:(... and for ersmommy:) you can always take that change and stick it in a bucket and save it for the little one of yours for college:). or add to what you already have if you already have one:P every little bit counts:) thanks for your responces ladies!
@ryzach (1546)
• United States
24 Aug 08
If gas goes down to less than $2 per gallon then maybe I can think of what to spend it on. For right now all I can think of is that it is a few cents I am saving and hoping that gas prices do not increase again. The few cents it has gone down is good, better than rising but I don't think there is much to spend on other things just not as much to spend at the gas pump.
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• United States
24 Aug 08
well true its only going down cents.... in my place its gone down 30 somthing odd cents, with 30 cents theresa lot you can do.... 1, get a bucket with a lid and everytime you fill up. put the 30 cents in their and start your childrens college fund. you can still put it in a bucket and save forawhile and pay off one of your debts, you can buy a pack of gum everytime you fill up... theres so many things you can do with that 30 cents everytime you fill up you just have to have to be creative... you know some people may even put that 30 cents in the bucket they pass around for the curch everytime they fill up...
@ryzach (1546)
• United States
25 Aug 08
You have some good points there, a few cents saved each time can add up. Have a great day!!!!
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@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
25 Aug 08
I am quite happy that gas prices has decreased a bit. Well, I definitely would save my extra funds. Saving is best for rainy days and those days where crisis emerge. There's nothing wrong with it. You'll even benefit from it sooner or later.
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• United States
8 Sep 08
Yes it has even went down a few more penny's i tihnk its really exciting!:)
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
25 Aug 08
i will use the money to save it in the bank... i always learn to save my money as much as i can for rainy days... people call me stingy... but i prefer to live an ordinary life but steady rather than living a luxurious life for a while and then i am penniless... so i will definitely save the extra money that i have in my bank account... take care and have a nice day...
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• United States
8 Sep 08
Stingy or not, that is an awesome way to be!. then when you do save and have that extra money in the bank you do not find yourself in debt somtimes because you then can take that money and pay this or that and save right back up for another rainy day..... thanks for your responce
@aville44 (125)
• United States
25 Aug 08
gas prices havent dropped enough to where you should be able to save a whole lot of money to buy extra stuff... but what am i saying? im flat broke.. i wont be buying anything. lol
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• United States
25 Aug 08
haha well i guess i should have listed a few ideas. of what i was thinking.. i dont mean what will you do with your new extra money? go buy a car. or a pool i mean like... save for college in a bucket a change jar. or will you put it in the bucket at church on sundays when you go... mabey even go and hand it to the unfortunate one standing on the corner with a sign because hes starving... i know its not much... but when you have nothing its somthing you know...
@relundad (2312)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I noticed the prices when they were up because everything around us went up too. I haven't noticed that much from the decrease because it doesn't appear that the other stuff has come down. I didn't make any adjustments as a result of the gas going up except I paid more, so I dont expect to make any changes as a result of it going down. For me it was a necessity so not a lot of negotiations as far as that is concerned. I am glad for those people that it caused a hardship for. Hopefully they will see the difference. And as a result of the increase will now look at their finances and budget accordingly. Some people actually had to make new debt to be able to survive. For those people hopefully this experience will better prepare them as I don't think its the last time we will see it happen.
• United States
25 Aug 08
Ugh,! i wish i would learn my lesson.. seriously i need to learn how to save. and i need to learn hoe to do things that isnt ganna cost so much.. i will admitt money burns a whole in my pocket... and yes sometimes i go into debt. if i have money. and i see somthing i dont want. most the time if it cost alot of money 10 dollars or more. i put it back unless of course its a neccesity. but if its under i find myself making excuses as to why i need it hahaha:P gas prices only effect me half way. because i do not drive. i only have to distribute money to others when i ask for a ride. or go into town with them i like to help out. mabey when i do get a car and i have to pay for all gas then it will defiantly effect me.... i think it wikl make me relize how much harder it is.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Catching up on my bills, they aren't really behind but there is some that I would like to pay in full.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Oh yes how nice would it be to pay the bills in full.... when i get to do that. i find myself much more relaxed. i can actually enjoy a day without thinking about,how am i ganna do this. well mabey i can make a little money doing this yadda yadda yadda. paying the bills in full=bliss:)
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
25 Aug 08
I'm really glad that the price of gas is lower. It means that I can drive faster in the city! I used to keep my speed down for the sake of saving gas. Anyway, the extra money will be used for whatever has to be bought. Usually it's clothes shopping, but my grocery bill is also getting quite big. I'm still waiting for the price of goods to go down as well. Last month when the price of gas skyrocketed to an all time high, everything on the grocery shelves and menu went up. Now I want it to go back down but sticky prices are very hard to deal with so I can only hope that prices do change.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
hahahaha,mabey you should keep your speed down anyways:P getting a ticket would SUCK even worse then having to pay high price for gas... haha i would rather pay money for gas then have to pay for a ticket.. i might cry haha:P goodluck and keep safe driving fast in the city!:)
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
25 Aug 08
I don't know if gas prices go down here but there hasn't been much work so I think if gas prices do go down here also I will save that money because we plan this year to be budget tight and focus on paying our debts little by little
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• United States
25 Aug 08
I think that having high gas prices is putting alot of stress on people like for instance thoes in your situation... you get the check and cash it and your like. okay we have this much left... we owe this much here. but if we pay it then we wont have money to get to work because of gas, and vice versa.. it sucks i know.. i am there... with it going down as it does. hopefully it will release some of the stress on us.and HOPEFULLY!! it stays going down... i remember i seen on the news i guess barak obama said somthing about. it helps on gas if you let some of the air out of your tires??... i dont know so i dont drive. i wonder if that has worked for anyone.
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
25 Aug 08
the high petrol price really hurt our wallets.. so now that our government had decided to bring down 'a few cents'... i dont think it makes difference.. i guess there are 'some savings' compared to last two, three months... but we were really 'suffering' then... i guess.. these 'few cents' saved.. it just gives a chance to breath a bit easier.. i see the petrol price brought down.. the other price - food, transportation - still remains.. so.. ?? well, anyways.. thank god.. for whatever cents we could save...
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• United States
25 Aug 08
well breathing is a defiantly a good thing!... I say we all go and rent out motorcycles and mopeds seriously its like 9 bucks to fill one of thoes baby's up!!
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Gas has gone down about 60 cents a gallon here in the last month or so. It is nice to not have to shell out so much at the pump, but it does not add up to much yet. Not really much extra to play with yet.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Oh wow! im jelouse haha.. thats 20 more cents then here:) i wanna come live were you live..... I dont know. mabey im not used to haveing so much money. i can think of a few things to put that little but of extra change to.. because when people go to the tank there usually buying more then one gallon. so lets say last week gas was 3.96 like it is here usually. and you buy 5 gallons. that adds up to $19.80. gas is now down to 6.63,so again at 5 gallons that would be 18.15.. wich would be a 1.65 diffrence. save it and keep saving that dollar sixty five for 5 months. say you would fill up 1 time a week.. thats 33 dollars and 30 cents!!. thats a weeks worth of dinner!:P... Hahaha im such a dork i know... but mabey its just im shelterd:P sorry for rambling on:) thanks for your responce!!
• United States
24 Aug 08
my family is still having gas prfoblems its still exspensive b4 we were just not driving as much . so that way we wud save. but well now we can drive a lil bit more its still hard to save money
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Yea,hopefully i will be out in town tommaorw.. i will then see the gas prices i hope they havent been raised again.... i hate being stuck in the house all the time due to the prices so when i seen they atleast went down alittle.. i was way excited.. i hope they go down some more in your area so you can do alittle more running around:)...
• United States
24 Aug 08
i used the extra money we saved to visit my parents since i havent seen them in forever due to not having the gas money to drive an hour to see them
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• United States
25 Aug 08
hey moonlitmagikchild,congratz on 2000:) aww that is defiantly a good way to spend the little extra you had.. im sure they enjoyd seeing you as well as you seeing them:)... hope al went well thanks for responding:)