High Gas Prices and Your Personal Hom...

High Gas Prices and Your Personal Home Budget

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Since: Mar 07

Big Rapids, MI

#1 May 13, 2008
Greetings Topix Readers,

We at WZZM 13 are interested to hear how you are coping with the high gas prices ($3.99 on our corner). What are you cutting back on to make up for the costs? Are you cutting back on your driving and gas usage? Is the summer vacation still on?

We do feel your pain here too...we already had a discussion this morning about how we could bike to work. Obviously, this won't work for many of us...

We'll use some of your comments on TV later on today on WZZM 13. Thanks.

Since: Aug 07

Greater Grand Rapids

#2 May 13, 2008
My preschooler and I ride the Rapid to a stop near his school. If it's nice we walk the mile to school. No use wasting the gas in a car that doesn't get good milage to start with.
We have our yearly passes to John Ball Zoo, Childrens Mueseum and Millenium Park and plan to frequent those attractions once again this summer.

We did attend Tulip Time, although we didn't eat in a cafe, shop in the stores or go to the attractions that charged to get in. Sadly, the money that would have been spent in those places went to fill the tank to get there.....

We are attempting to save money to take our boys to Chicago (on the train). It's cheaper to use the train than it is to drive. I would love to take the train someplace fun in Michigan, only the train doesn't go north, it only goes southwest. So, once again Michigan will be losing our tourist dollars.

We have canceled our reservations for camping at both State Parks. We have spent years buying and borrowing camping items so we could have an annual trip. If my kids want the beach and the water they are going to have to be happy with the gravel pit at Millenuim. Either that or the price of food and gas need to come down in price.

My neighbor and I carpool to the grocery store. We share coupons back and forth. We buy in bulk and share that too. I shop online to avoid driving to the stores. Many online stores offer free shipping.
I haven't used yard sales this year. The savings I would have would be eaten by the cost of gas to find the sales. I suppose if I happen across when I will stop, hopefully they will have everything I need. Wishful thinking.
Jean Cedar Springs

Farmington, MI

#3 May 13, 2008
I have a 35 mile one way ride to work and at this point I am having to work longer days in order to be able to save myself one day a week drive as I can't afford to drive to work. How sad is that? To not be able to afford to drive to work? What has this country come to?
Dan D

Cincinnati, OH

#4 May 13, 2008
Isn't it funny how the price of gas is lowered until the American public becomes desensitized and then raised $0.15 a shot. Wake up America!!!!!

Since: May 08

Battle Creek, MI

#5 May 13, 2008
I go to yard sales only within 1 mile of my house, we moved closer to work and my sons school, we did school of choice so I needed to take him, since moving we only fill up once every 2 weeks. I am planting a veggie garden this year, wish me luck.
Norma Cook

South Boardman, MI

#6 May 13, 2008
What budget? Between gas & food, all rising at uncontrollable amounts the budget has been busted!
No flowers from Allendale this year - too far to drive from Spring Lake! No dinners out; no movies; nothing but stay home; thanks to $4 a gallon gas.

AND - don't you think the price goes up simply because you report it is going to go up? We have enough depressing news without CONSTANT news about the gas prices!

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#7 May 13, 2008
Camping is still on for us this year. We’ll be leaving Thursday for an 18 day trip that will take us to several State parks. Otsego Lake SP, Wm Mitchell SP, and Ludington SP are all on the agenda. After schools let out for the summer, we’ll be taking quite a few weekend trips with our grandchildren.

We are lucky that we are now completely debt free. The increased costs of fuel and food are bad, but I don’t think our grandchildren should have to suffer because of it. There may be a few cuts made to our discretional spending, and the retirement account might not grow as fast as it could, but we’ll make it through. Our $1,200 tax rebate will offset a lot of those extra costs.

Harbor Springs, MI

#8 May 13, 2008
Due to the rising gas prices, the people that work with me only buy the things they need in life such as food and gas for transportation. They are not wasting their money on renewing licence tabs and car insurance.

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 May 13, 2008
We are staying home more and not spending any extra money. Spending less on food and entertainment. And for the summer, we will probably keep our trailer parked. The gov't certantly isn't doing anything about gas prices as we continue to see record profits by the oil companies!
Plain Jane

Wichita, KS

#10 May 13, 2008
I'm actually selling my house. Everything (gas, utilities, groceries, taxes) has increased so much since I bought it (except the paycheck) that I'm now living check to check with no savings - not even for emergencies.
Time to downsize before I get in dire financial trouble like so many others. It's sad.

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 May 13, 2008
I want to know what the government is going to do? How are they "cutting back"?

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#12 May 13, 2008
I've been at home more often lately too. My wife entertains me by the Fredricks of Hollywood and Shirley of Hollywood night gowns. With her DD figure she looks good.
Broke at the Pump

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 May 13, 2008
With rising fuel cost it is clear that we need a mass transit system to serve the outlying communities.
I live in Grand Rapids and work in Hudsonville with no other option but to drive to work. Since the Rapid only runs to Rivertown Crossings and we have not had light rail in the area for many years.
The 'extras' in our budget are no longer and option , with food prices have going through the roof, movies, etc. are eliminated.

May God rest the souls of Big Oil.

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#14 May 13, 2008
The price of gasoline is ridiculous!! How families are coping is beyond me. My husband makes decent money, and we should be able to afford to get by, but with the high price of gas, its killing us. Not only is the price of gas high, but its costs are trickling on down to everything else including groceries and utilites.
My grocery budget is basically what is left over each week after putting gas in the vehicles. I buy what is on sale. I cannot afford to buy anything other than what is in the sale flyers.
I am also growing a garden this year to help with some costs of food. I thankfully have a freezer so I can take advantage of what we are growing.
We would have loved to have been able to drive our children up to the U.P to site see this year, but again, any sort of vacation plans are out. Our last vacation was 4 years ago to drive down to stay with family who live out of state.
We dont go out to dinner, we dont drive anywhere we dont have to, and we try to spend as little money as possible. My children take cold lunches to school to save on money there.
We still have the luxery of cable television and internet, but if I have to, I will stop those as well. I haven't yet, because at this point, its the only form of entertainment we splurge on. I have a package special that includes my phone service as well, so far its a good price.
We have not shopped for clothing in who knows when. My kids get the Meijer, Kmart and Walmart specials. I won't spend excessive amounts on clothing because honestly, we can't afford it. I take hand me downs from family and friends if they have clothing that fit my kids.

United States

#15 May 13, 2008
I am now shopping at Aldi for my groceries and planning my trips to all to be made in one area on one day...between the high gas prices and high grocery prices, there is not much left for recreation anymore.

Big Rapids, MI

#16 May 13, 2008
we've been unable to pay all our bills on time, because of the higher gas prices. we need the gas to get to work, and kids events, so our bills are hurting.

Cheboygan, MI

#17 May 13, 2008
The very saddest thing has happened. It to costly to drive to work, What on earth are we going to do. We live on such a small income and with my husband being laid off because of american axle people wanting more, times are very tough.
We have simply cut back on doing anything. We stay home, dont go out, I mean I have to think twice about going and watching my grandkids play sports. I wont be planting flowers this year, My fence wont get painted, I tell my kids that they dont need to drive to come see us because the gas cost so much money, So therefore I dont get to see my grandkids as much. It is so sad that this world as come to this. We were never people who spend money without thinking it though in the first place, but now we have to cut back on just doing family stuff, and that is the most important thing for me in life, So to think that we have to give that up is the worst. What is this world coming to?
Someone has to step in and do something. What is it going to be like for the next generation? That scares me to death.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

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#18 May 13, 2008
Well, I have just seen the price of shredded cheese at Family Fare. For 16 oz. of shredded cheese-$6.79!!
We will be cutting the cheese, so to speak!!

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

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#19 May 13, 2008
We absolutely agree with all the posters that consolidating errands is one way to help. I've already carpooled with a friend to get groceries. The next time you see your neighbor, ask if you can do the same. It all helps.

Huntersville, NC

#20 May 13, 2008
Well....since being unemployed and now currently working a temp job gas has began to rise. I now find myself scraping together change so that I can put enough gas into my tank just to get to work. I know how it feels to not have a job and I am doing anything possible, but since I have to drive 30 miles everyday due to jobs just not being available out there, makes it tough. I get almost 38 miles to the gallon in my small car and even this doesnt help.

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