On Your Side: Making room for gasoline

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, April 23, 2008

AUGUSTA -- The national average for a gallon of gas has reached $3.50 a gallon and experts say it could keep going up. Prices have continued to climb, and if you want to drive you have to pay.

That means many of you are saying a lot of goodbyes these days to things like, eating out and brand names so you can say hello to a full tank of gas.

A gallon of gas is reaching levels that, a few years ago, you thought you'd never see.

"Gas prices are awful. Especially in this," one driver said.

But this is a country built on guzzling gas and so to fill up, you have to pay up; a lot. And that means sacrifices.

"No vacations, nothing like that," another driver said.

Budgets are tight, so what are people cutting out to keep their tank full?

Restaurants, golf and, well, driving seem to be at the top of the list.

Some are paying attention by watching mileage.

Some are staying in again.

"I go home and try not to spend money. And my kids are just not going anywhere," one mother said.

Some are taking the bus to take vacation.

Others are improving bottom lines by taking another job or trying to find more sales.

Some are combining trips, but a few more say, they're just getting by with no changes at all.

Most are trying to avoid gas hogging vehicles.

The common theme: sacrificing to afford gas to get them where they need to be.


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  • by Sam Location: Hephzibah on Apr 23, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    What price gas? I've stopped shopping unless it can be done on my path to work or home from work. I'm shopping more online, especially when free shipping is offered, and having it delivered to my office. No trips to movies theaters or bowling lanes. I used to have my teeth cleaned every four months, now it's every six months, and soon it will be once a year. I've stopped taking my dogs to the groomer. I'm about to find a Vet for them closer to home than their current Vet. Since I have to foot the bill for groceries costing more to transport to the supermarket, while shopping the asiles I touch my stomach and remind myself I am not pregnant, and leave the costly item on the shelf. By the time I get my $600. economic stimulus check it just might fill up my pick-up truck! Keep your fingers crossed.
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