How Have Higher Gas Prices Affected You?

I’m doing a little investment research and I thought it would be interesting to start a discussion on the impact of higher gas prices.

Have you changed any of your spending habits to offset these higher prices?

How high do you think gas prices are going to go?

Does it really matter at all or is it just business as usual in your household?

Ron

If you can’t beat 'em join 'em - invest in the oil companies. With all of these geo-political issues looming (Iran, etc) it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

This is SO unnecessary. As usual our ‘government’ is not telling the tax paying American people, consumer the truth. In Texas ALONE there is enough gas for each American for the next 150 years at $1.10 per gallon. There are countless reserviors full of oil that has been there so long that the caps are rusted closed. It would be less expensive to replace the caps and give us that oil. The oil from other countries has to reprocessed so lets use what we have here in the USA. Charity should start at home but our ‘government’ thinks it should start with them then other countries that owe us money THEN the American people. Ahhh the last days are upon us. Unfortunately this is only the beginning. Glad I have my faith!

I am so tired of the good ole boys comparing the price of gas to the price of milk. When do we ever buy 20 gallons of milk at one time? I think the good ole boys, “Bush, Cheney and crew” are just lining their pockets. Yuk!

I live in a metropoliton area in Arizona and I am 72 years old. You have to drive to everything as everything is at least a mile away. At my age and the heat there is no way that I can walk that far. I try to plan my errands to make the best of it and get as much done in one trip.

At least a mile in a metroplolitan area? Imagine what the suburbs are like in Arizona.

Be careful in the heat out there.

We have really cut back. We cancelled cable, date night, sports for the kids.
We are buying only what is needed, no extra’s. We cancelled family vacations this year too. Gas is just too high to drive the camper everywhere.

It is really hitting us hard. The only reason we still have internet is because dh job pays for it.

As the general public, middle class America should start to take back America.
The gas tycoons keep getting richer, politicians keep getting richer; but the people who get up every day and work for moderate salaries and are still the back bone of the country – keep getting the shaft. MIDDLE AMERICA, BAND TOGETHER AND TAKE BACK WHAT WE HAD IN THE 50’S, 60’S AND 70’S.

I think that the people that have intrest in the oil are lining their pockets with
the high prices of gas. Like our President and all the rest. Sorry Mr. President
but thats what I belive. There is NO need for these HIGH prices. But then as long as certain pockets are getting full, why worry about the majority that have to suffer. Guess we need to get the republicans OUT. Need I say more?

I Received An E-mail That Said If You Do Not Buy From The Two Big Companies (exxon & Mobil) That They Will Feel The Pinch And Start Doing Something. We Will See

MY HUSBAND AND I ARE A TRUCK OWNER/OPERATOR. THIS HAS HIT US VERY HARD. THE BROKERS OFFER US FREIGHT AT $1.00 PER MILE OR $1.25 PER MILE. WE CAN NOT DO THIS AND STAY IN BUSINESS OUR TRUCK GETS 4.55 MILES PER GALLON,SO AS FOR MOST TRUCKS, IT TAKES MORE THAN THAT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A PROFIT. WE WERE GETTING PAID $ 1.00 PER MILE OVER 30 YEARS AGO WHEN FUEL WAS $0.50 PER GALLON. WE HAVE NO GROCERY STORES IN OUR AREA. WE HAVE TO TRAVEL 40 TO 60 MILES (ONE WAY) FOR FOOD OR CLOTHING. WE DON.T DRIVE THE CAR UNLESS IT IS REALLY NECESSARY. I DO DRIVE 1/2 MILE TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING BECAUSE MY TEACHING AIDS ARE TOO HEAVY TO CARRY THAT FAR. IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT MR. BUSH (IN HIS CAMPAIGN) WAS GOING TO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PRICE OF FUEL IF HE WAS ELECTED. I JUST DIDN’T KNOW THAT THIS IS WHAT HE MEANT???:mrgreen:

In our house we car pool more with other people and when errands have to be done we do several while we are out. We go out less also. At least this gives us more time to do more around our house…LOL

One way to help drive down the cost of gasoline is just buy the smallest amount you can get away with. If filling stations tanks are full and they can’t order any more from their suppliers, the suppliers will be stuck with alot of gas and they in turn will not be able to buy any from the refineries. When this happens prices will fall, but you must keep this up until gas has reached a reasonable price at the pumps. Americans have the power to achieve this if you we would just all pull together.
Patty

Just read some more of the postings. I just want to say that I nor my husband voted for Bush the first time nor the second time. As for the gas companys, Exxon recently, are massing hugh profits. What does everyone think of their billion dollar quarter…just a little reminder, that is only 3 months. Well they are getting richer and richer. Just wish that a real green car was available. That are some of my thoughts.

I have stopped driving all together. When I need to get groceries or anything else, I depend on someone else, who is already going to take me.I’ve spend a total of $20.00 on gas in the last month and I still have half a tank. The only reason I will drive is for an emergency.

when one person in our home goes to town they run as many errands as possible for everyone.and when I go I call my sisters and see if they need to go and we carpool.No more drives just to enjoy or relax the outdoors.Most visiting is done during chance meetings on errands,over the phone or online.All our lifestyles have changed ALOT!

No yet but I am really getting concerned

As a sales person for Comcast, they supposedly figured in the cost of gas in our base salary. This no longer applys with the rising costs of petrol. I’m hoping something changes soon, as I am spending about $20.00 a a day on the road, without a fair return. I am seriously considering a home based business now more than ever. Any bonified ideas out there would be welcome.

I’m OK with the price of oil.
But I live in Alberta (The Athabasca Oil Sands have estimated oil reserves in excess of that of the rest of the world, estimated to be 1.6 trillion barrels) where the government mailed every man, woman and child a $400 “prosperity” cheque because the price of oil does great things for the economy here.
I’m also OK with it because I think that people drive far too much. North Americans drive huge SUV’s everywhere (even to the gym) instead of walking (and them complain about being overweight).
I hope that the rising price of oil will encourage people to save our natural resources and get up and walk.

:slight_smile:

Ron, that is a good idea, I just went with Global Resources’ Energy Resources and rolled over part of my 401K into that as it is currently making a lot of money for it’s investors. But there are a lot of good choices out there. Like, if the leaders are oil men, invest in oil, and if they are strutting around like Banty Roosters, talking the talk of war and one or more from another country are doing the same, and you think chances are they will be walking the walk, invest in the articles of war, and like the TV ads say, if you are into jogging and note a particular type of shoe or drink, go with what is hot!
V of Vancouver, WA