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Old April 16th, 2008, 07:56 AM   #1
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Default I have a gas price question for you folks..

Since you all love gas price rant threads. I'm curious at what price point gas needs to reach before it starts affecting your basic ability to get yourself to work/school/etc.

I for instance work 13 miles from home on a time schedule that doesn't parallel anyone I work with or live near to effectively carpool without drastically changing my work hours etc.. My wife works the same distance in the opposite direction and has the kid to drop off in the morning at school. Similar time schedule co-worker location situation as me.

At present its costing me $50 a week in gas for commuting to work as I need a tank every week. The wife can get a week and a half to two but at $70-80 a tank. This of course was being in the $3-3.20 range. It would not surprise to see $4.50 by Xmas this year.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 08:03 AM   #2
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it's currently at that rate. I've had to start walking every place close to my apartment because I can't afford to drive other places and still get to work. Heck even last winter I told my boss it wasn't worth me to drive to work a few times because I would just be breaking even between driving to work that day and the amount I made that day
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Old April 16th, 2008, 08:04 AM   #3
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I guess one could say, in theory it already has impacted the commute - mostly by factoring in the combined cost of all of the inflationary items, from food, gas, utilities, and tuition. we're still very blessed, and able for my wife to stay at home, but as folks in the marketplace can attest to, I am basically in total tire kicking mode for a 3rd vehicle/toy.

I really want another SWB, and the ability to get back out and do some trail rides. At this juncture it just doesn't make basic economic sense for me to have one. My daily commute is some 70 miles round trip, so it definitely isn't cost effective to get rid of the go-kart to buy a SWB. In addition to the higher fuel costs, it seems that the SWB's have higher maintenance costs per mile as well (especially if one wheels it)

Been kicking around the idea of doing it however, but also buying a knee-dragger bike to save on fuel costs during ½ of the year give or take.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 08:19 AM   #4
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Been there for me. I actually for the first time was contemplating selling both jeeps. Even if I get the YJ done I can't afford to drive it anywhere. I finally dumped the truck for a car and started saving money again and gas shot up another .80/gal, which made that a wash. I ride an 1987 Honda Spree around Owosso, and still with the fiancee's hours getting cut at work for an unknown amount of time we are in a hurt right now. I don't know what I will do if it hits $4+
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Old April 16th, 2008, 08:21 AM   #5
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After it soared past $1, my pop-can-collecting business took a hard hit and I've been working more and more hours to pay for gas.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 08:23 AM   #6
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Old April 16th, 2008, 08:33 AM   #7
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Work being where my money comes from, I see all of the other things taking a hit before I will complain about how much it costs to get to work.

I don't see $4.50 by next year.
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Work being where my money comes from, I see all of the other things taking a hit before I will complain about how much it costs to get to work.

I don't see $4.50 by next year.
I do. Easily. Especially if Iran keeps messing around in the Gulf.. don't ignore the surging demand for petroleum from Asia as well as the limited supply/refineries. Election year or not, I think we're in for a lot worse, for quite a while.

Internationally there has been quite the backlash against ethanol as well...
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Old April 16th, 2008, 09:20 AM   #9
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It doesn't.

I might adjust the vehicle that I drive, but thats not a big deal. If I'm paying $500 a month on a car, and $150 in gas per month, then if gas doubles, I'll find something that does it for $350 a month. Probably just get the same thing, but used for a year or two...

It doesn't *affect* my ability, but would slightly influence how I accomplish it.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 09:26 AM   #10
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I typically drive 20 miles a week, so it doesnt affect me much. Going to start riding my bike a lot more in the next week or two as well.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 09:28 AM   #11
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When I'm at work, it takes three-quarters of an eighth of a tank to get to work and back per day. (3/32 of a tank for you math whizzes)

At school, I only drive to the mounds and to the fiance (Flint to Kzoo and back), and that's only once or twice/month.

I can't switch my car, because I need one that will haul all of my crap from work to school and back.

I don't know how high gas prices have to get for me to worry too much (I already worry a little bit), but it's a price that must be paid, so I'm going to keep doing what I have to do to stay employed and move on with life.

Whatever needs to happen, I will make happen.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 09:30 AM   #12
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I actually left my last job for this reason. I was a merchandiser for a bread company and had to drive my own personal vehicle. I did not get mileage reimbursement or a gas allowance. Some days I was driving upwards of 150 miles to various stores. (Lansing to Portland and back to Lansing and then to Grandledge...) All this i my XJ. When I started gas was about $1.40 a gallon.Out of the 3 years I worked there, I only recieved a 25 cent raise, even though gas doubled! I am thinking about buying a bike to scoot around town, seeing I spend an average of $15 every other day just driving the XJ here and there.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 09:32 AM   #13
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I no longer drive to Alpena every weekend... And I think twice before making road trips.
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$3.50 a gallon...............$4.50 a gallon........$10.00 a gallon

15 gallon tank

$52.5 per fill up.............$67.50 per fill up....$150.00 per fill up

20mpg

300miles to a tank

Yup......@ $10.00 a gallon is when I would get annoyed.
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I love it when I hear people say they "can't" get a different car because they need to haul all of their crap be it for work school weekend toys whatever.

Gas has affected me to the point where I should have had the boat out 2 or 3 times already this year, it still sits wintereized.

I drive 110 miles a day, I am looking for a commuter car and my truck is for sale. I am not sure how many long trips to go wheeling/boating I will be able to pull off this summer. Gas prices have seriously affected the things I do for recreation.

I am also much less hesitant to drive to meet up with friends who live more then a half an hour away because of what it will cost in gas.

It keeps going higher, and I am not making anymore money, so yes it has already affected me.
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Being in college some 3 hours from home I have just quit going home for any reason because I cant afford it with a 35 gallon tank and a thirsty motor. I would sell the truck, but wouldnt get more than 1/4 of what I have into it.

And I do see $4.25 by memorial day. sad thing is Ohio, PA, and MD are all still in the $3.15 range. MI is durn near equal to gas prices in Claifornia...sad
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Old April 16th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #17
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I would like to see fuel in the 2.00-2.50 range again and only increasing with the rate of inflation. I go through a tank a week-1.5 and I carpool 3 days a week also.

the cost of fuel is too much of a precent of the weekly income for me to be comfortable with it..... thats like having 4 phone bills to pay a month.
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I love it when I hear people say they "can't" get a different car because they need to haul all of their crap be it for work school weekend toys whatever.

Gas has affected me to the point where I should have had the boat out 2 or 3 times already this year, it still sits wintereized.

I drive 110 miles a day, I am looking for a commuter car and my truck is for sale. I am not sure how many long trips to go wheeling/boating I will be able to pull off this summer. Gas prices have seriously affected the things I do for recreation.

I am also much less hesitant to drive to meet up with friends who live more then a half an hour away because of what it will cost in gas.

It keeps going higher, and I am not making anymore money, so yes it has already affected me.
I understand. However I won't part with my truck and jeeps. I did get me a 92 ghetto cruiser that gets 22-23miles per gallon. . It does better than my wifes 05 mini van
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My XJ hasn't moved since Sunday. I am in full bicycle mode now. As long as it doesn't snow, I could do the bicycle thing indefinitely.
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The old torn down "quick-stop" near me still says $0.86 on its rusty sign.
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