Do you stay at home more since the price of gas has gone up?

United States
September 14, 2008 7:54pm CST
Over the past few months, I've been trying harder to have days that I don't leave the house during the week. I now make sure there's at least 1 day a week when I don't go anywhere in the car or truck, but I'd really like to have 2 days a week without leaving. I am so incensed at the oil companies making trillions in profit while everyone else is out of a job and can't afford their groceries. Oh, and let's not leave out the fact that the housing market has pretty much gone belly up. Have you done anything to change how much gas you use? Do you stay home more?
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
15 Sep 08
And now with banks and other companies tanking along with the housing market, PLUS whatever repercussions Ike will bring...blagh. Fun-fun, huh? Actually, me and my family hardly went anywhere before...but even less so now. Me and my Mom are presently out of the job, so we're home most days of the week now unless we walk to the library. My brother's too young to go anywhere by himself, and Dad goes out most days a week because he's the only one of us with a steady job. We've always walked/biked places before, but nowadays there's little places we can afford to walk/bike to...because gas prices affect the prices of everything else, and we were never well off to begin with. I'm glad you're mad at the oil companies, I wish more people were mad at them instead of just blaming the market -- THEY'RE the ones who decide the prices! They don't giving a rat's butt what happens to the peoples of the world. And we think America has it bad? Hoo boy. I heard Spain's economy has already collapsed and I haven'theard much about them since! I just hope we don't get to that point =(
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hello xParanoiax. Sorry that all this economy stuff is hitting your family pretty hard. I agree with what you said about the oil companies. I am fed up! I am clueless about Spain's economy. Thanks for telling me about that. Yes, I hope that somehow, we can pull out of this downward spiral. We sure need some leaders who care about these things rather than making more money for their own oil companies and their friends' oil companies.
• United States
16 Sep 08
Definitely. I wish they were called up more, for the conflict of interest stuff...and we keep getting more evidence of corruption. *sigh* Some good leadership would definitely help us craw back up from this pit of problems, and I know alot of people are praying. I just hope, by this time next year, we can all look back on this and go, "Whew, we made it" and laugh.
• United States
16 Sep 08
I am such a home body anyways.. But yes I am always thinking of ways to make one trip to do it all. I hate wasting gas,, or feeling like I am when I am not.. These prices are insane. I think that that better bring back trolleys and more public transportation.. between these gas prices and car insurance. Lots of folks will not be able to afford their own cars... and that is a shame.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Hi Louise. That's really smart to try to consolidate all your errands into just one trip to save gas. I agree, the money these oil companies have made is just obscene, there's no other word for it. And not a single other business making a profit and they are all profiting in the trillions (that's right, with a t-r). I have made a personal vow to make my gas last as long as possible and to try to get away from using gas when I purchase my next vehicle in 3 years. I am passionate about this, and I hope others jump on the bandwagon. It's just wrong what they have done to people. Yes, public transportation run by electricity, for example, would be great. Or rearranging and rebuilding cities to accommodate walking from place to place. We need new leaders!!
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Yes, I try to find ways to stay home. If I can't then I try to use public transportation. If I can't do that, then I try to economize on using my car by parking it in one central location and then walking everywhere else and then driving my car back home. If I can't do that, then I try to go to some place with many stores next door to each other. I really try to limit my trips to the two days that I work or to those two plus one more to try to get a job. This week will be two because of the Eye Doctor trip and the dumb messed up letter (long story, in a discussion I started).
• United States
16 Sep 08
You are doing everything you can to save money and gas and that is great. I hope that more and more people are trying to figure out how to cut gas consumption. You are lucky to have public transportation. I like the parking centrally idea. But I live in such a spread out community, I pretty much have to drive my car from place to place. But still, I conserve and stay home as much as I possibly can.
@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
I try to stay at home more nowadays that the price of gas has gone up. It's actually been going down, but it's still expensive. SO I go to nearby places only and try to limit driving around town as much as possible. If I go out with friends I try to hitch a ride as well. Carpooling can be quite fun and at the same time, environmentally friendly.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Hi mimico. Ah, another one who is staying at home more. So many of us are doing that now. Yes, the price of gas has simply gotten completely out of hand. Nothing wrong with hitching a ride or carpooling to do your part in helping the environment. That's cool.
• United States
15 Sep 08
Yes. We haven't undertaken too many long drives as we usually do during weekends. The gas prices have been rising like mad !! For now, the favourite hobby for the weekend is watching movies :)
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Hello viduviduvidu. Watching movies is a wonderful hobby. I enjoy that also. I am amazed at how many myLotters are reducing the amount of gas they use and staying home more. I think that's great.
@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
15 Sep 08
We stay home more. It can get boring, but it is what it is. We go to the store or the bank. Really just what is necessary.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Hello ersmommy1. Yes, I think alot of people are doing like what you are doing. Staying home to save money and gas. I will delay giving more money to the gas companies as much as I can. We decided a few years ago we would create a fun and comfortable environment in our home as we age so that we can really enjoy life. So, we both like staying home. We've got books, wireless internet, craft supplies, a great kitchen to cook in, and a swimming pool. Take care.
@rizzu87 (860)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 08
I am in malaysia for my studies, and we have a car. When we first came to malaysia the Fuel was not that expensive, but during the past one year their has been massive inflation in malaysia, and the Fuel price has increased by more than 35 percent. We have stopped going out. We cannot go on faraway places. We just move near our house. So it has really affected normal persons life. I actually live in saudi arabia, and one thing I love about that place is that things are becoming expensive but Fuel price is soooooo low. Its 0.45 per litre thats 0.12 dollars per litre
• United States
16 Sep 08
Hello rizzu87. I guess people in most places in the world are affected by the rise in gas prices. Wow, it does sound like the fuel is quite cheap in Saudi Arabia. I am so annoyed with the gas companies charging so much for gas. And they've just made huge amounts of money while most of the people are suffering from the high costs.
@allurejan (197)
• United States
15 Sep 08
These past few months we just limit our out-of-town trips to the house in the country because of the high gas prices. We just do it every other weekend. Then our driving around town is also limited now.
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hello allurejan. That's smart to limit your trips out of town to save gas. Plus it sounds like you are also reducing your in town driving. I pray for the day when I can walk away from the oil companies and stop depending on them.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I try to stay home more during the week, but if I do have to go to town, we live out in the country, I make sure I get everything done, so I don't have to make too many trips to town, unecessary trips anyway. I try to stay home at least 3 or 4 days during the week, so I can save gas, it seems like I'm always putting it in. It seems like the low fuel light is always on in my car..lol.
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hi walijo2008. Good for you. You are doing your part to save gas and deprive the oil companies a little bit. That's cool. I wish I could completely stay home just 2 days a week. I can barely squeeze out one day a week now. I would be ecstatic if I could do 3 or 4! That's great. I know what you are saying about that annoying low fuel light.
• Canada
15 Sep 08
Yes my husband and I used to go out all the time to just visit with friends and family and now we rarely go anywhere . My husband goes to work and I go for the groceries or we will visit with someone close to our house but don't go much father then that if we can help it . I also try to get a drive with someone else if I have to go some place so that we can split the gas and it will be cheaper for both of us . It is crazy the way the prices have gone up !! And it would be ok if it was just the price for one thing but like you said it is the prices of everything , we can't seem to get a break anywhere . We are making less money then we did last year and are not sure how we are going to make it through this winter with the prices the way they are and they are supposed to continue to rise . Groceries are supposed to go up 50% more then they were last year , by January 1st . If this happens it will make milk over 10 dollars in our area and cheese alone will cost 15 . Who can afford gas when you have to pay this kind of prices for your groceries not to mention power , oil , housing and the list goes on and on . I am not sure how they feel bad and as rough as we are finding it , I realize there are people out there who are in worse shape then us and I just don't see how they are going to manage !!
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hello samtaylorskykierajen. It is truly frustrating to see so many hard-working, working class people struggling just to live their lives. It sounds like you are doing more than your share of cutting down the gas you use and sharing rides with other people. Yes, most of us have experienced either our work loads reducing or the amount of money we make reducing. Plus, those prices just keep going higher and higher. I am hoping that more and more people will just say "enough" to the gas companies and think of other ways to get around. Maybe they will think to move to communities where a person can walk from the store to the post office to work, or buy hybrid or better yet--electric cars. It is my goal in life to get off of using gas as fuel. I may not achieve that, but I'm gonna cut back my use and avoid buying it for as long of periods of time as I can.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
15 Sep 08
yeah i stayed at home since gas prices skyrocketed. it affects me more since i commute and fare hike is getting a lot more frequent. even if gas price went down on the world market. the big players still has the guts to tell the people that they still need to cope up for their losses.
• United States
15 Sep 08
Hi modstar. Good for you, cutting your travel when you can. No oil company I know of right now has had any losses, that's for sure. Profits announced recently were in the trillions of dollars for the oil companies. That just annoys me!
@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
15 Sep 08
Definitely. I stay much closer to home these days. I wish I could find a viable alternative to driving to work each day. The busline's hours don't work with my work schedule. But I take fewer recreational trips around town now. I usually go to work, go home and park.
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hi cbreeze.Glad to hear about another person trying to cut their fuel consumption. I, too, wish I could figure out another way to make it to work. I'm too old to be driving an electric scooter. If I wasn't, I'd go that route. In about 3 years it will be time for me to buy a new car. I'm hoping there will be quite a few hybrids and a few more electric cars to choose from by that time. I may not get completely off oil, but that is my life goal right now. If I can reduce my use of gas, I'd be thrilled.
@Beruang (1309)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 08
I wish I could rely less on my car and rely more on public transportation but where I am and the line of work that I am in make it almost impossible for that to happen. Whether I like it or not, I still have to drive my own car and have to pay for the high price of gas. The only good thing is that over here in Malaysia, the government has brought down th gas price last month and might be doing it again by the end of this month since the price of oil in the global market has gone down a bit recently. I am really looking forward for the next reduction as that means a lot of saving for me and the money can be used for family matters and other important things...
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hello Beruang. I know what you mean, I, too, live in a place where a person pretty much has to have a car to get from place to place because everything is so spread out. That's cool that your government was able to reduce the price of gas. Hope you save alot more money from the next gas price reduction and can spend it on your family. Take care.
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 08
The price hike has also affected the costs of other items, like food. We used to drive out to eat in foodstores or restaurants almost everyday; now we would limit this to twice a week. The prices have gone up tremendously in eating places, so we now cook more often at home. Thus we cut down the expenses of dining outside, as well as travelling out.
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hi lazeebee. Yes, pretty much everything has gone up in price, hasn't it? We eat out just twice a week also. So, staying home means less gas used that day. I would even consider moving to a community where we could walk everywhere but in the U.S., I think those types of communities might be hard to find. Or if you find them, they are big, crowded cities (not for me). Take care.
@leegen (13)
• Philippines
15 Sep 08
i'd rather stay at home more often because the price of gas was really high because on my case i don't have my own car for travel and the minimum fare hike here was too much high so if i don't have impotant things to do outside,i'd rather stay at home.
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hi leegen. I don't blame you for wanting to stay at home with the prices of gas. In a way, it's good that you don't have a car. Where I live, you pretty much have to have one because every place you need to go is far away. I think the U.S. needs to concentrate on building communities that are more conducive to walking everywhere. Take care.
• Philippines
15 Sep 08
No i don't stay at home. I sold my car to a second hand dealer and bought a motor bike instead. Motor bikes consumes way less gas than cars and more versatile. I go to a lot of places without hurting pocket.
• United States
15 Sep 08
Hello janjalanex. What a wonderful idea! If I was several years younger, I might do the same thing. The other day while I the grocery store, a woman pulled up on the sidewalk riding a scooter. Someone walked up and asked her questions about it and she said it was "electric, no gas!" Would that be great or what? I think you are very wise to go with the motor bike. Be careful and happy riding.
• United States
15 Sep 08
I have definitely made some changes since the gas prices have gone so sky high. My boyfriend and I have started walking to dinner and the mall and the grocery store, but we are really lucky to live in an area like this. I have also started trying to consolidate trips and instead of just running out to get medicine today and groceries tomorrow, I'll wait until I have a bunch of errands and try to get it all done in one trip. There have been some other adjustments too, like not going to the malls and restaurants that are farther away anymore. And one mall has a cute Sanrio store where I love to buy Hello Kitty items, but it's just too far away to justify making the trip out there.
• United States
15 Sep 08
Hello abigailcherry. It sounds like you've taken quite a few steps to save on gas. Good for you. Yes, you are lucky if you can walk to several places close by. I, too,try to consolidate my errands. I try to make one tank of gas last as long as possible. If I can go 2 weeks without filling up, I'm pleased. Thanks for responding and take care.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I am lucky as I don't live too far from work. If I have errands to do I do them on my way home and once home I usually don't leave again. I still do all the things I have planned on doing...but maybe make my routes a little more efficient.
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hello Jill. Good for you, you've got it all figured out on how to cut down your gas use. I'm really developing some negative feelings toward the oil companies after I heard they are making in the trillions and every thing else has gone to pot the last 8 years. Steam is just coming out of my ears!
• United States
15 Sep 08
Hi PearlGrace. Actually, I don't really stay home more, but, I drive alot less .Meaning that I have been taking alot of walks lately with the children and my husband. I have always taken my daughter out daily for a walk. She loves the outdoors. Well, since the gas is so high, we have been taking more walks. We walk to the store down the street for the small things we need or just to get the kids a little something. We also go to the park alot and the kids love that! And me and my husband have also been spending more time together doing things we use to do. We too go for nice peaceful walks at night. Or just sit out on the porch together and talk. If their was one positive thing that came out of the price increase in gas, it's that it has made our family spend more time together doing things we haven't done in a while, or not enough of and that is wonderful!
• United States
15 Sep 08
Hello marlena18042. That's great that you are driving less. Plus, walking is such a healthy habit to get into. The time you are spending with your kids and husband just sounds so lovely and like alot more fun than being in a car. It sounds like you found the silver lining, marlena18042. Thanks for responding. Take care.
@jde005 (65)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I must say I RARELY use my car now that the price of gas has gone up. I recently made the decision to move into a one bedroom apt and upon doing so I highly considered gas prices. The choice I made was a great one. I'm right across the street from the University I WALK EVERYDAY my tank has been full going on 2weeks now. When gas prices shot up to 5.46 on Fri I thanked GOD for allowing me to make the correct decision. I must say as a student its already a struggle and to have to deal with the price of gas on top of that only makes it worst!!! Atleast thats the least of my worries at this point!!!!
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• United States
15 Sep 08
Hi jde005, You are so smart to have made the decision to move across the street from your university. Yes, that was really a wise thing to do. I commend you on that. Plus, it's great you are going to college. You are gonna need that college education to pay for the gas you'll be using in the future. But, with any luck, we will all be driving hybrids or maybe even electric cars in the next 10 years. Wouldn't that be great?