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.
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).
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.
I had just bent down to tighten my nuts, and there was a double yellow line, see? And next thing I knew, there was policeman behind me. He put a sticker on my helmet and tried to clamp me.
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.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
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.
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.
Since it's finally spring, do you have any major projects in or around the house that you're finally ready to tackle? For me, I just became a homeowner, and lucked out that the house was in move-in condition.