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The 7 - One Question... - How have high gas prices effected you?
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#1 Posted on 26.7.08 1220.44
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This is kind of a tie-in with the "Price of Gas" thread. Has your lifestyle changed at all with the gas price increases?

I have a friend who lives about 30 minutes away, most of it on highway. We used to get together several times a month. Lately, I'm only over there once or twice a month. My wife and I have cut back on extra travel.

I have also started using my credit card more often as I don't carry enough cash at the pump. Not the best alternative but I pay it off pretty fast.
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#2 Posted on 26.7.08 2008.04
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Bought a brand new Nissan Versa because it gets better gas milage than what it replaced. It's saving us about $100 a month so far, and should put a nice dent in what we usually spend on cross-state driving (relatives out of state, so it can't be avoided).
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#3 Posted on 26.7.08 2051.27
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Last year we bought a Mini Van. The cost of gas is now killing me. I'm paying about $300 - 350 a month for gas. Last year I was paying about half that. It has severely cut back on the amount of summer road trips we've taken this summer.
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#4 Posted on 27.7.08 1016.04
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I don't own a car, but many more people at work are biking instead of driving this year. Grad student stipends have definitely not increased enough to accommodate driving every day.

Zipcar raised its prices a little while back, but not enough to matter much to me since I only use it once a month or so.
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#5 Posted on 27.7.08 1535.14
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A year and a half ago I worked 45 miles away and filled my tank five times a month. Today I work six miles away, so we're spending less instead of more.

My wife works in a twenty-five county region, but since her company pays for all her mileage we make a profit on her gas.
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#6 Posted on 28.7.08 0927.58
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Mrs. JJD's family is all in Portland, and we used to go down quite often for the weekend. Now, I hardly ever go and Mrs. JJD and IJ take the train down and back.

A couple of weeks ago, we had family from out-of-town making their every couple of years-visit, so those two took the train on Wednesday, then Sunday I drove down to spend the day and drive them back. That added like $60.00 to the cost of the trip. It'll be a while before we do that again.
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#7 Posted on 28.7.08 1245.14
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Most of the driving we do is either commuting or short trips, so we haven't made a lot of changes. We don't visit my family as often as they live a bit of a drive from us, and we've passed on a few activities out in the suburbs, but honestly it has mostly just made us grumble more about gas prices.
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#8 Posted on 28.7.08 1513.33
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We're eating out less frequently. We finally ditched our landline phone and went completely cellular. We cut some premium movie packages from our dish service. I pretty much just cut fat out of the budget to make up for higher gasoline prices - we never have driven a lot and with our special needs dogs we couldn't take a lot of trips to begin with, so we couldn't really cut back on miles.

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