Lifestyle vs. Gas Prices

@calcynic (433)
United States
June 14, 2008 8:46pm CST
I don't own a car, so the gas prices are not affecting me at the pump, though the effect of fuel prices on food and stuff is very noticeable. I've talked to a few people about how it's playing out with them and some say they are driving less, while others told me they are cutting back on other things to allow them to continue driving the way they are used to. How's it affecting you?
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@spalladino (17923)
• United States
15 Jun 08
We're driving less than we used to and I'm shopping differently. I used to go to Walmart with my oldest daughter and the grandkids on Saturdays but now I stop by there on my way home from work if I need anything since I work nearby. I shop more at my local grocery store and we do less running around on the weekends, which is a bummer. In August we're going up north to see family and we were originally going to take one of the trucks with the Harley on the trailer. As of now the Harley is staying home and we'll be renting a car with good gas mileage..if we still go. The price of gas at that time will determine that.
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@NonaSaile (924)
• Philippines
15 Jun 08
I don't have a car. The cost of public transport here is very prohibitive.
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• Puerto Rico
15 Jun 08
Things are imminent as long as they are already predestined or caused to happen.
@calcynic (433)
• United States
19 Jun 08
We're being played by the barons of industry...Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt...it's deja vu all over again.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
15 Jun 08
I confess to some bemusement when I read about folk in the US paying $4 a gallon. Here in the UK the price is twice that and likely to double again if press reports are to be believed. The UK even produces its own oil, but because previous governments were greedy, they sold it all. But all things are relative. Your economy, like ours, is based on road transportation for most consumer items, including food. The fact is that oil supplies are dwindling and we need to start thinking about other means of distribution and work. Over the last 60 years or so, we have systematically milked the Earth of its resources and are now starting to reap what we have sewn. My fear is for our children and grandchildren. They won't know the freedoms that we expect as a right.
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@calcynic (433)
• United States
19 Jun 08
What's happening to us here in the States is pure culture shock. This has been predicted for so many years, we stopped paying attention. I always wondered how the Europeans and Brits and almost everyone but us got along paying so much...now I guess I'll see it firsthand. The prices ain't goin down...they don't have to.
@deewill (26)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I am driving a lot less because of the gas prices. I don't think people realize that this is affecting everyone, even those who are living on the streets. I was talking to a guy who goes through garbage cans, to collect cans for his extra money, he said people aren't throwing away recycleable stuff, they are having to use it themselves. Which on one hand is good, but it hurts those who use this for their money. I don't go hardly anywhere. My daughter works a part time job that doesn't pay real well. It is getting to the point that if prices keep going up she is going to half to quiet her job. I feel that the government should be able to do something to help lower prices. They had ma bell(pacific bell telephone company) break up because the phone company was charging to much and just going up. So why is it that the gas prices can just keep going up and we can't do anything. Besides I can live with out a telephone but I can't go without a car. Where I live there is no public transportation, except for a taxi. I would have to walk about 5 miles just to get to a public bus which doesn't run around the clock. I hear they are suppose to go down in price around the first of the year. The sad thing is I would be happy to pay 3.50 a gallon now.
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• Canada
15 Jun 08
One night a week I take a taxi home from the coffeeshop, because the busses stop running early on Sundays. I don't drive, but I FLY a lot. I am constantly flying between Toronto and Phoenix. Airfare is getting way too expensive!
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@hellcowboy (7380)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Since my Blazer is bad on gas,me and fiance do not go out anymore than we have to,to save gas,since we can not find a job right now,and depend on the money we make online to survive,we are also cutting back on things we do not need,to help us save our money,for important things like gas and food.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
15 Jun 08
We are retired so we do not have to use the car everyday. However we have always been budget shoppers, and the only time we eat out is on holidays plus birthdays, and special occasions. However we do a lot of driving when we do, mostly to the Mall or to Home Depot or Future Shop. My husband had a slight stroke so even though he is getting better, he cannot walk that fast anymore, so it would take him longer to walk to the Mall and for grocery shopping, so we really have not cut out our after retirement driving. As for food, we try to get the bargains, and I have had to cut out buying whole grain bread like the Superstore version of Dempsters and stick with whole wheat bread instead which may not be whole grain. We also buy more store brands rather than the national brands, but check for sodium content. My husband does not use his credit card, pays by debit card, while I use mine and pay it off before it is due. So we saved on paying interest, and we also watch sales. So in essence nothing has changed. That is what we always did.
@calcynic (433)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I spoke to a European recently and he has no sympathy for our predicament. He feels that we are finally paying our fair share for gas...they've been paying high prices for decades.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I do not own a car but I have belonged to a carshare program! I take public transportation or walk everywhere I go! I have noticed food prices going up quite a bit this year! Now I wonder if many people will lose weight, not being able to afford food, or by walking instead of driving?
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• Philippines
15 Jun 08
Goodness! It's affecting us so badly. The food prices are way up high and fair in public vehicles are raising up too because gas price is hiking up. Only salaries don't raise up and it's so unfair!..I was not having a hard time budgeting our income before though it's not too much, but now, I have to watch every single penny coming out of my pocket.
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@curious888 (1212)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 08
We reduce the frequency of using car, by planning shopping once in two weeks. We list out all things to purchase before shopping carefully.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
I'm a bit concerned because I am going to start driving in August and the price of gas may be above $5 a gallon. However, I've dealt with buses and walking all my life, and I think it is vital for me to get a car because I need to get places. In this summer, I will be spending at least 2 hours a day just to get from place-to-place, and I really don't have the extra time to do that leisurely. It seems like I will have to pay these high gas prices. It can be seen in a positive light, however. Since I am going to start driving in August, I will start out with $5 a gallon. That means I will get used to it being that price. Then, when it goes down (god, I hope it does some day D:), it will seem incredibly cheap.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
I'm mostly riding my bike or walking whenever I am not at work and do not need to carry a lot of things with me or dress nice. I also will use my car if there is a safety issue involved in where I need to drive to. I plan to take at least one small trip somewhere this summer for a day, but that'll probably be it unless my income goes up higher. Right now, I'm just happy to have a job at all.
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I have an awful SUV and since gas has gotten so expensive I think I have drove about 200 miles in the last three months. I am married and the company that my husband works for pays for his gas, so I will have him pick up items we need on his way home. The high gas prices are really making everything so expensive, I really thought that it was just at the grocery store because I hadn't been shopping for clothes since about October or 07 and I was shocked when I went this week. My favorite store where I usually find items pretty inexpensive, I noticed about a 30-40% increase in price. I might have to start shopping at the thrift stores if it keeps increasing. Or either stay on posting 24/7
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