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Thread: Have The High Gas Prices Changed The Way You Live?

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    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
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    I was thinking about this the other day, lol! I have become way more "hermit like" now. I never just "go" anywhere....all trips must have several destinations, like work, bank, grocery store. Or several stores.
    My Mom complians I never come and just visit, (I need to), but its SO expensive in my truck!
    Also I try to buy in bulk, I live WAY too far out to have to make a trip to town for one item!

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    Gas prices are creeping up already & I do what you do. I saw all my running until I have a ton of things to get done. It usually wears me out & I sometimes forget an errand or two but that is what I've learned to do living out in the country. GO BY & SEE YOUR MOM! They are gone before you know it & you will wish you had spent more time with her. ;o}

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    Gas prices are creeping up already & I do what you do. I saw all my running until I have a ton of things to get done. It usually wears me out & I sometimes forget an errand or two but that is what I've learned to do living out in the country. GO BY & SEE YOUR MOM! They are gone before you know it & you will wish you had spent more time with her. ;o}
    Ditto
    I also save all my running for one day. I also live in the country.

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    I know, I know, I have to! Right now I work retail, and I always work on weekends, and thats when they are home, as my Dad still works.
    Just need to get off my rear and go one evening!

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    Yes, my shopping trips are much more limited & planned around the weather & what else can I do when going in that direction. Whichever (1) grocery store has the best sales for things I use wins each week. Limiting the shopping trips also saves me from purchasing items I really don't need & probably would not have purchased if I did not see.

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    Kinda, but not really. I already take public transportation almost every day. I try to plan my outings so that several things are done & to the maximum effect (least gas wastage due to "oh, yeah; I forgot to go here"). I don't use lights if I'm not in the room. \

    Because the prices seem to be shooting up, I am planning to use the train to travel. (it's unusual to do that here because I'm in Texas).

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    I still do whatever I need to here in town. It's a very small town -- only 1 mile from end to end so errands in town are no big deal. Fabric and clothes have to be bought about 45 miles away and I've cut down on that over the last year. I order much more stuff on the internet.

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    Doing the same thing driving in a circle close to home...dump,market, walmart. and only take the 45 min drive to the closest city when we have more to do.

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    Lisa, I am buying more over the internet too. LOL, classified here make up a big part!
    I dont think I will be going to many rummage sales either, unless I am passing them by!!!!!!!

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    Carrieanne, I'm with you! But the Mom thing- that is something I would not skimp on- but that's me.

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    This morning regular gas was $3.06 a gal. I usually start a list at the beginning of the week and on Fridays, after work, I go to the grocery store & Walmart (they are next to each other). I live 13 miles from work and town. I agree with Susan go see your Mom every chance you get.

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    I have to go fill up the tank today...and I was just on line looking at gas prices...I'm trying to think which way I am going, so that I can get the most out of the trip.
    I stopped by a friend that owns an antique shop earlier this week...she says that she hasn't seen me since the Oct. She is right...we have emailed many times but I have become a hermit. Of course, I'm not counting that I am on here a bit. :oops:

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    I also plan my driving days around getting several things done in one trip. No more "road trips" looking for garage sales or just out to the mall to browse. The one thing I haven't given up is my quilting group. It takes me an hour to get there... but it's worth it.! :-)

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    Gas here this morning went to $3.14 a gal, and will probally just keep going up. I hear talk of $5 a gal by labor day. What that means for LQS is that we will have to do more selling over the internet. The classifieds on this site offer a great opportunity to do just that.

    I hope that you all use this service.

    Lanny

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    Other than complaining about gas, it really hasnt changed how I do things. I get about 27 miles to a gallon and I need to go where I need to go.

    At $4 a gallon, my hubby will take the train to work instead of driving. He drives 67 miles each way to work but the train takes a little over an extra hour each day to get there and is restrictive on when he has to leave. Get delayed at work for ten minutes and set waiting an hour for the next train. At $4 a gallon we have figured it is worth the hassle.

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    Not really -- not yet. We live in the country, so our trips to buy groceries/errands (35 miles away) are done only one time a week. When summer comes and we want to camp -- that'll be another story! I'm praying things settle down by summer of 2012. We've been planning a trip to Alaska.....as it is now, we won't be going.

    Oh -- GROCERY prices may cause me to lose weight!!!!!!!

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    I commute 100 miles a day to work.
    I put $50 in the tank this morning and it only gave me a half tank. $3.30 a gallon.

    Gas prices are killing me!

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    Yes. Since I don't drive much, I've just used our huge (F450) RV hauler when I needed to go to town. At 10mpg it's just too expensive to drive unless we need to haul something, so I bought myself a teensy little car!

    On top of that, we're expanding our gardens, adding to the orchard, and getting ready to add chickens and rabbits to our little 5 acre place.

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    I live in a very rural area and we decide to travel the 40 miles one way to the bigger stores, we get everything done in one shot. I like being a homebody! LOL

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    I am making my garden bigger too this year, and freezing more. I am sure the higher gas prices will cause the food to go up, too, because of shipping!

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    I'm like you Carrie Anne. I don't just hop in the car on a whim. I do go to visit my MOM often, so I plan to do my errands on those days.

    There is a LQS I really like north of me, but I figured out that at $3.75/gal. it costs me over $18 to go there...so I don't go too often.

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    3.06 in NH it is now 3.29 luck you
    Quote Originally Posted by lyndad
    This morning regular gas was $3.06 a gal. I usually start a list at the beginning of the week and on Fridays, after work, I go to the grocery store & Walmart (they are next to each other). I live 13 miles from work and town. I agree with Susan go see your Mom every chance you get.

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    after reading more.....lucky me.
    Quote Originally Posted by great aunt jacqui
    3.06 in NH it is now 3.29 luck you
    Quote Originally Posted by lyndad
    This morning regular gas was $3.06 a gal. I usually start a list at the beginning of the week and on Fridays, after work, I go to the grocery store & Walmart (they are next to each other). I live 13 miles from work and town. I agree with Susan go see your Mom every chance you get.

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    Gas was $3.19 this a.m. I am blessed, 90% of every store I need/want is less than 5 miles from my house. Mom is about 21 miles but that is money well spent!

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    Gas here this morning was 3.29. I go to town (volunteer work) on Wed and Fri and try to do all my errands on those days. We like to take day trips but I see them coming to an end. My car is good on gas, but his truck is NOT.

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