How have high gas prices changed your life?

United States
June 9, 2008 12:32am CST
I'm curious if you are changing the way you do things because of gas prices. We have. I now group all of my errands into one trip, once a week. Otherwise, I don't leave the house. There will be no vacation this year and no "extras". We eat out much less (maybe once a month now) and if we want to get out on the weekends, we find something to do that is local and free. How are you coping? Have gas prices changed the way you do things?
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@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
16 Jun 08
HAHAHA I bet you arent expecting a post like THIS Well here it is , since Gas prices increased in most of the world EXCEPT some of the countries that actually PRODUCE gas , like my country Libya , the price at the pump for me is the same , I actually sometimes drive around for hours making up to 300 kilometers just because Im bored !! Gas is that cheap an 80 liter tank only costs like 9 dollars to fill ahahah But Im not saying life has NOT changed for me when Gas prices soared , Im saying it actually GOT BETTER because my country has 3 times the revenue it used to get before , and thats why there are all sorts of improvements in our daily lives here for example the price of many things are subsidized by government so we get them cheaper . We get cheap internet , electricity , water etc Also the government handed out almost 8 thousand scholarships to study abroad for graduate people , and I got one that's why I am coming to USA soon ( woohoo ) anyway that's why for me and people in this country the rise in oil prices internationally has been a blessing and I hope it continues although I sympathize with you people . It's OK I guess youy could always use bicycles hahaha
• United States
17 Jun 08
I'm glad that things are good for you! But if you want them to stay that way, you might want to put off your' trip to the U.S. until we get a president who can fix our economy. Otherwise you will be sinking fast in the same boat the we are in. It's nice when your' economy is booming. You get to do so many things that you couldn't do before. Enjoy it! Go out and have some fun before you come here! And hey! Once you get here....best of luck in your' studies! I hope that you like America.
@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
26 Jun 08
Thank you Rebecca I hope I will like it too ! I just come there to study then come back home so I don't think there will be any sinking involved unless America full of QUICKSAND ahhahah
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• United States
26 Jun 08
LOL! I wish you the best of luck in your' studies!
• Australia
9 Jun 08
We need to travel an hour to get to a decent sized town, so the price of petrol is a big deal for us. We definitely don't go unless we absolutely need to, and when we do need to, we try and kill as many birds with one stone as we can. That said, I think the rising petrol prices are a good thing (not making any friends here, I know). The sooner petrol becomes unaffordable (is that a word?), the sooner the governments of the world will have to start promoting alternatives and getting off their oil barrels.
• United States
9 Jun 08
I know that we are going to have to do something...and soon, about finding alternative fuels but in the mean time, this sucks! There is no other way to put it.
26 Jun 08
My husband travels a total of 5 hours a day going and coming home from work. Needless to say we are spending a RIDICULOUS amount of money on gas. Our lives have changed because we are basically hermits now. lol We also try to do everything in one trip rather than several. I walk to the store just around the corner rather than driving (it's healtheir, cheaper, and better for the environment). Here in California gas is at $4.60 btw. Also groceries have gone up as well, so that doesn't help either.
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26 Jun 08
As for the utilities I am trying to cut back there as well. I put a brick in the back of the toilet to use less water to flush (you could also use a water bottle). I turn on the Tv less, and I read more. I unplug appliances that are not being used. I water the grass less often, also because of a drought here.
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• United States
26 Jun 08
4.60?! Holy COW! It should be a crime to raise the prices to the point that people are struggling just to get to work and the grocery store! I like the brick idea! I hadn't thought of that. I'm going to try it myself.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
23 Jun 08
We paid $3.89 for our last tank of gas (cheaper than the last time we filled up). So we have started staying home unless a trip is absolutely necessary. I group going to the bank and grocery shopping at the same time. And sometimes I will stop by Dollar General, the Dollar Tree, or an occasional outing at a local department store. We have stopped eating out regularly. Now it is only a rare occasion even for a hamburger. I make my trips to church but most other things are out. We even cut down on going to see our grandchildren in their soccer games, something that would have been unheard of earlier. These gas prices are really changing the way we live.
• United States
26 Jun 08
For us too. I have gotten to where I just stay home unless I absolutely have to go grocery shopping. Even then, I make sure to run all of my errands on the same day as the grocery shopping. It's just too expensive to fill up the car. The price of groceries isn't helping the situation now either!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I had to take my Mother to the Dr for her check up yesterday and I noticed that gas hasn't gone up any more in our area. But it could change any minute.But the price of groceries and restaurant food has gone sky high! I took my Mother and the 2 grandsons to eat at Arby's after the appointment. I was shocked when it cost us almost $30 to eat! I should have gone to McDonald's and got one of their cheap hamburgers. I didn't go to another restaurant because I figured it would cost us that much. Now I realize I should and gotten a good meal - all you want to eat!
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
16 Jun 08
Well, I do not own a car. So I have yet to feel the direct effect of the rise in fuel prices. But the trickle effect, I am feeling it. Rise in electricity has forced me to change my usage drastically. The rise in fuel has also increased the price of food. And you find me cooking more regularly at home rather than to spend the extra on an eat-out. Even the kind of dishes has been scaled down as compared to before. It is getting frustrating. Same dollar no longer can buy as much as before. To make it worse, the stuff you get is not of the same quality as well. Many a times, we have to change to the lower quality brand just to stretch that few cents more. Grrr... when will this all end?
• United States
17 Jun 08
I feel your' pain, ahgong! The same thing is happening in my household. I'm hopinh that with a change in presidents there will be change for the better with our economy. I wish you all the luck in the world!
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
17 Jun 08
And the same to you RebeccaLynn. The same to you.
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• Philippines
9 Jun 08
I use to bring a car daily just to go out or do errands. Same as you I also compile things to do. So that I wont have to spend a lot on gas. when I can carry the stuff materials I no longer take the car out I just walk or commute. Commuting is less expensive than bringing out an auto.I no longer buy stuff that I dont need. I usually stick with what I have and no longer longing for new ones. I recycle trash for extra cash just for the sake of buying a gallon of gas. Wew!!! What a total disaster this gas hike did! LOL!!!
• United States
10 Jun 08
It has changed the way we do things. That's for sure. But I am amazed at how industrious people can be when they have to be. I had not thought of recycling the trash for cash but that's a very cool idea!
• United States
26 Jun 08
How do you recycle trash for cash?
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• United States
26 Jun 08
I have always loathed driving, and never did much of it. My car just sat, and the only time I drove it was to get gas and oil changes and the emissions test! How stupid! And I of course had to keep paying the insurance, registration, etc. So I decided to go electric. I eventually donated my car to charity and bought a 3 wheeled motorized bike (trike, but not a motorcycle). I ride my trike to work (I work very close), and live in a warm climate, so I can ride all year. I have my groceries delivered, and, if I *have* to go someplace that is a distance, I take a cab. I knew gas prices would be going up, but they have gone WAAAY up!!! Even without a car, I am hurting because food is so expensive, and I am underemployed.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
I thought about getting a moped but we live so far out in the country that it wouldn't help much. Groceries have gone through the roof too so we planted a garden. I have found though, that I enjoy being at home more often.
@greenline (14854)
• Canada
26 Jun 08
The gas price is making a huge impact on how and when I would use my car. I am going by bus more often than by my own car these days. My vacation plans have to be reviewed too.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
It has become more difficult to travel and still have a little money left over. My traveling has been cut down to absolutely necessary errands.
• United States
26 Jun 08
We only use the cars to go rihgt to class or work and home. No more cacations or trips. No more restaraunts. No more overuse of electricity..we recycle more and have insulation around the hot water heater. Our last applinaces we would NOT get uness they were energy efficient. We stay home and play bord games or cards, but less expensive but FRESH food from local farmers, etc.. There are pros and cons to this situation? But we are downsizing all costs and hanging in! (Time to adapt!-We have even gome berry picking on the woods and came home wiht GRETA fruits.berries! Do what you can, use coupons buy from the local farmers fresh off the farm and you'll do OK!)
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• United States
30 Jun 08
We're hangin' in there! I think that there are some pros to this as well. We are becoming a greener family and that's always a plus!
@mely123 (65)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
It changed a lot!! we have to budget our money for bills and food. less enjoyment this time.
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• United States
26 Jun 08
For us too. We are being very careful with our money!
@the_vicar (1478)
• United States
23 Jun 08
Eeveryone is suffering from inflation. It is eating us up. My money doesn't go very far and so I have quit shopping for anything but essentials. You know food and water, enough gas to get me to work and back. All the extras will just have to wait until something is done about high prices, especially gasoline and electricity. I can only imagine how this will affect manufacturing when people quit buying trinkets. Utilities will rise along with the price of gas, so we are cutting back there too. About all I can buy is food, gas, utilities.....no luxuries.
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• United States
26 Jun 08
I hear ya! We are now being very careful with what we buy. Even with the essentials. We have been trying the cheaper brands and surprisingly, a lot of them are just as good as what we were buying before! The farmers market helps too. I guess we'll just keep those belts tight for a while!
@curious888 (1212)
• Malaysia
17 Jun 08
We reduce the use of car. WE list out all the things that we want to buy , and go to the supermarket once a week.
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• United States
17 Jun 08
There is a lot of that going around. But, maybe in the long run it's a good thing that so many of us are changing driving habits?
10 Jun 08
Gas prices, food prices, everything is expensive. I have been cutting back by not eating out and limiting the amount of travel I do. Gas went up almost .20 over this past weekend. I need a pay increase.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
I think we all do just to pay for the gas! Don't get me started on groceries! The cost of food is killing our finances. We have three kids to feed! I have been buying from the local farmers market and I have a garden. I also make alot of inexpensive dishes. Our government better do something soon to fix this or a lot of people are going to be in trouble when it comes to feeding their' families.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
It has not changed very dramatically yet but we are now very conscious on how we do things. As you say errands have been reduced from twice a week to once a month to save on transportation. We don't do vacation so it's definitely out. We don't out much also about once a month so it will be now once every two months. We usully stayed at home during weekend watching rented movies and sometimes just play board games. The prices are going up and I don't know how much further the government can hold on not to increase public transportation fares. Once that goes everything will go up and more tightening of the belt will push true. I hope I can find more extra money earning online to augment my income today. I do hope also that America will do something about the oil price increases to stop this nonsense price. I know in europe and asia organization are getting on strikes and hopefully stop the oil price increase. Looks like we are doomed to be poor.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
I am trying to earn online too. If I can work from home rather than drive to town ( we live 11 miles outside of town) then we will be in better shape than if I went to work outside of home. We are growing our own veggies and just being very careful with what we buy. Hopefully the government will fix things soon. Until then, we just keep tightening the belt!
@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I think the biggest way that the gas prices have changed things for me is just like what you said-trying to cram all my errands into one trip. I try to plan it out so that I figure out everywhere that I need to go, and then figure out a route so that I don't have to backtrack at all and waste gas. I also have started trying to walk more to places that are close to my home. Whenever I go to the library now, I always just bring a little tote bag with me and walk, and if I'm only getting one or two things at the store that aren't too heavy to carry, then I try to walk there also. At least that way I am also getting some extra exercise! Also, I actually fill up more often now. If I see that the prices have gone down temporarily, then I'll go ahead and fill up my tank even if I don't really need the gas yet, because I know that by the time I actually do need it, the price will have probably gone way up.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
What you are doing is smart! I can't walk to do any errands because we live 11 miles outside of town but I have to be careful with our money now. More so than usual.
@ajithlal (14614)
• India
9 Jun 08
In the past two weeks the cost of the peterol had increased by rupees five and diesel has increased by two and gas has increased by rupees fifty. It is almost 10 to 20% increase in the fuel. Now a days the cost of the things are also increasing by 10% and more because the fuel cost has increased. I think one has to earn more money inorder to cope with it. I am trying to increase more extra money from the net including sites like myLot.
• United States
9 Jun 08
Making more money is a good idea right now. With gas and food prices going up, up, up! I wish you well and hope you can make all of the money that you need to cope!