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Rising Gas Prices Make Me Consider Crazy Things

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by Single Ma  |  981 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

I just spent several hours recreating a corrupted spreadsheet. As I was gathering the data, I noticed a recurring theme. Gas is getting friggin expensive! OK, OK, that’s no surprise, but seeing the numbers in black and white gave me a serious reality check. Here are my monthly gas expenses for the year:

Jan: $74.86 <–not bad

Feb: $80.17 <–slight increase

Mar: $144.57 <–dang, what happened here!?!

Apr: $163.26 <–creep, creep...

May: $99.01 <–wishful thinking!

Jun: $184.09 <–told ya!

In addition to this month’s (June) gas expenses, I also paid $26.84 for an oil change plus $90.00 for parking, resulting in total transportation costs of $300.93. Umm, wow! This doesn’t include the $30 or so I’ve contributed to friends when I’m a passenger or the $409.10 I paid for six months of my car insurance premium. Then immediately, I thought to myself...

I wonder who buys premium gas these days and why?

I wonder how people manage with gas-guzzling SUVs?

I wonder how people manage with car payments?

Hmm, I wonder... what is my auto expense threshold before I consider riding the metro?

[pause]

The metro???? Naaaaaaaaah! LOL!

What are you doing differently as a result of the rising gas prices?

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A working (single) mom and author of the personal finance blog Fabulous Financials @ http://fabulousfinancials.com

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4 comments so far...

  • Yeah, we don't even fill up all the way anymore so that there's more money to get us through until payday...half a tank here, half a tank there...more stops, but it gets us through. It's not the squeeze of the middle class anymore, it's the collapse of the middle class. Senatro Bernie Sanders of Vermont just headed a committee to examine just that ("the collapse.." is his phrase, but I agree woleheartedly). How much more can working famililes take??? Scary times, girls, scary times...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mommapolitico.blogspot.com on 26th July 2008

  • The only think that alleviates the pain of gassing up these days is that we have a wee sedan, so I always look at the screen to see what the previous customer spent. Heh heh. Usually it's waay more than we spend. Cold comfort indeed. Anyway, my husband resurrected his bike from the garage and is using it for the commute. He figures it's good for his health anyway and this is the motivation he needed to do it.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 28th June 2008

  • Honestly, we're just paying more. We don't do any frivolous driving anyway, so the budget is just going up. However, we're considering getting my husband a vespa so that he can use less gas on his 5 minute commute.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mamajama on 26th June 2008

  • Wow! I know mine is up there too and I have a gas guzzling SUV! Luckily I don't have car payments and don't drive too far to work. I got the SUV because I needed one for my job and it is perfect with the baby but I severely regret it. It costs over $40 to get a half a tank of gas.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by oceans mom on 26th June 2008

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