Kelly

Syracuse, NY

#81 May 13, 2008
I am a stay at home mom with three children. My husband works all the hours he can just to make the budget. I never used to be that way. When he worked overtime, we could do something special. Now it is just to live. With the gas prices so high, that makes the food very high. What else is there to do, there is no room in our budget to cut back anymore. Our family has been going up to Interlocken State Park for the last 53 years as a tradition. This is the first year that we will not be going due to the gas prices.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#82 May 13, 2008
BR Bean Counter wrote:
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I'm stocking up on fish and squirells at the state parks for the next couple of weeks. If you get too many rabbits, maybe we could swap.
Rabbit is much more tender than squirrel. How about 2 to 1?

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#83 May 13, 2008
lite in a dark place wrote:
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LOL, thats funny! Maybe he will come riding on the Rapid Buss line.
Didn't someone write a song something like that "Jesus on bus" or "God was one of us"?
Sam

Byron Center, MI

#84 May 13, 2008
I shop with a list and pretty much buy only what is on the list, which is just what I need.

I've already cancelled two vacations [one to CT for a charity event, which, unfortunately, will also not be getting a check from me this year] and our winter vacation to a warm and sunny place in January. And along that charity line, I'll not be giving locally, either, unfortunately.

I do my errands on my way home from work, usually one night a week - all in one night. And, if I have to go elsewhere on another night, I make sure I have something else to go out after or I wait - plain and simple.

I've put all my utilities on the budget program, just because it makes it easier paying the same amount every month, which also helped tremendously when my husband wasn't working [which he is now, thankfully].

All this so that I can still contribute as much as possible to my 401(k) and put SOMETHING away in our savings.

Maybe next year we'll take a vacation - it won't kill us for one year to stay home. Besides, there are always picnics, reading, planting a garden and spending quality time with family members - it really doesn't get any better than that anyway.
Jonathan

United States

#85 May 13, 2008
Hurley35 wrote:
<quoted text>Didn't someone write a song something like that "Jesus on bus" or "God was one of us"?
Oh yeah, a country song, what if Jesus came back like that.. dont remember the rest of the words though.
O-Boi

United States

#86 May 13, 2008
no more prescriptions are being filled. which is going to be very hard.
we might just end up with a lot of crazy people around here if the manic depressives and all those on paxel cant afford their prescriptions. everybody better have a gun in your house and handy. everyone for themselves!!!

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#87 May 13, 2008
Flashback...1981. Starting wage at factory--$5.25 per hour... Gallon of gas--$1.18... Gas mileage in 1972 Chrysler New Yorker--7mpg... Mortgage rate on new home--18.25%... Wishing for the "Good 'ole days"--PRICELESS...

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#88 May 13, 2008
O-Boi wrote:
no more prescriptions are being filled. which is going to be very hard.
we might just end up with a lot of crazy people around here if the manic depressives and all those on paxel cant afford their prescriptions. everybody better have a gun in your house and handy. everyone for themselves!!!
People have been cutting back on Rx for a long time already. Antidepressants can be one of the cheaper generics out there. It's anything non-generic that will kill you financially.
WhatEver

Marion, MI

#89 May 13, 2008
WZZM 13 News wrote:
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.
I too have a 50+ mile daily commute and I can't find anyone to carpool with. I've even gone to the Rapids's "Green Ride" site to no avail!

Now we have to resort to fewer church activities, fewer errand runs, no eating out, possibly looking at cheaper places to buy food (Aldi's and SaveALot are both nearby). Charities will have to knock on someone else's door because we will soon be asking for THEIR help instead of the other way around!

Two cars (25 and 28 mpg average) and my husband has a fairly short commute (which just got longer when they began the I-196 construction! He now has to go through Allendale to get from Jenison to Walker!). We were YUPPIES before, now we are DIWKSS - pronounced "dukes" -(Dual Income With Kids Severely Struggling!)

That said, I really don't think the government is to blame for the situation, nor is there a fix they can provide to us. It's all a matter of OPEC greed.

Since: Apr 08

Novelty, OH

#90 May 13, 2008
We don't eat out and we are canceling our vacation to Michigan to see family and friends. Only drive on one day a week to try and save money. Gas this morning before 9am was 3.75 after 9 am it was 3.95 Our highest price yet here.

“Pets-at-Play”

Since: Apr 08

Grand Haven

#91 May 13, 2008
My husbands shop is talking about doing 4 ten hour days. Less driving for the out of town people.We were going to see family in the U.P how can we now? I am not going to town as much as I used to go ( less shopping ) have to cut back on everything no flowers no more out to eat no movie night frozen pizza not take out buy as much bulk as we can telling kids ride your bike to town I cant drive the list is to long to say it all!!!! We stay home and try to save as much money as we can hope for change

“Pets-at-Play”

Since: Apr 08

Grand Haven

#92 May 13, 2008
lol not sure why I cant sat T * O * W * N ^^^^
Roger

Portage, MI

#93 May 13, 2008
I am unemployed and I actually turned down a job because I wouldn't make enough to pay for the gas to get to work. It is a sad fact and there are a lot of unemployed people out there that have done the same.
I hate to say this but I can see that we are heading into a bad time for gas, possibly worse than the gas embargo of the 70's. Why are the oil companies reporting record PROFITS when we all have to make a choice on whether to put food on the table or gas in the tank.
My father is diabetic and can't eat a proper diet because he has to put gas into his tank. He is on disability but that runs out within 2 weeks now. In the winter he had to choose between fuel for the truck or heat. Why? I really think that the oil companies need to be investigated. Record profits means they are making tons of money. Profits are above the cost to make. I know that it is not costing them that much to make gas.
Why does diesel cost more than gas when it is by product of making gas??? I think that News 13 should look into this situation. I hear people talking about $4.50 by June. This is crazy, just start paying people in gallons of fuel...quit using cash it all goes into the tank anyway.
Dean

Novi, MI

#94 May 13, 2008
I stopped dining out a while ago. I stay on a strict budget, and there is very little extra at the end of the day.
Next weekend I will be driving to Memphis, Tn and back to pick my girls up for summer vacation. Luckily I planned ahead and budgeted for $4 gas average. Will also be renting a car, which will make the total bill less than driving the vehicle in own.
I live north of Greenville, and work in Wyoming. I car pool from M-57 to work. On days when it is warm enough, and not raining too hard, I drive my motorcycle. I'm doing everything I can think of to stretch my budget, and already know this summer will be tight.
Erin Jenison

Fairport, NY

#95 May 13, 2008
Our family is hardly surviving. With both of us adults in college, and me unable to find teaching work-- or ANY work for that mattter-- we are living off one income, my husband's retail job for under $18K a year.

We have cut out all camping trips, including Mackinaw. We have stopped eating out all-together. We have been making almost all meals at home, with lots of breads and sandwiches and grilled hotdogs. We even got our motorcycle endorsements with the hope of getting a gas-saving motorcycle...(even with insurance, it still saves money!)

We've had to put off paying medical bills, and have had to cut down on buying medications that we need, simply because we can't afford food, gas, and meds. All "entertainment" is also out of the question-- we've used to go to the movies once every-other month-- now, we haven't gone in about 4 or 5 months. We also used to go to the lakeshore, from Grandville, to go visit Holland, to watch the sunsets and enjoy the atmosphere-- but that, too, is not an option anymore. Also, we couldn't go to Tulip Time this year, either. I can't imagine how this is going to hurt the tourism industry in Michigan, when people only 30 minutes away are starting to not visit...:-(

We've started consolidating our trips out, and poor hubby has had to lose the joy of having his wife bring him a surprise lunch/dinner at work!

It's very, very sad. But for the first time, I can say that when gas hit $3.75 a gallon, it changed our way of living. Now with gas at $3.99, BEFORE Memorial Day, it is not likely to change. We definitely have changed our life styles due to the high cost of living.
49442WWW

United States

#96 May 13, 2008
WHAT BUDGET?NOONE HAS A BUDGET PRICES WILL REACH 5.00A GALLON FOOD PRICES ARE OUTRAGOUS COMEON 4.00 FOR A GALLON OF MILK?NOW GAS ALSO?OUR PAYCHECKS ARENT GOING UP THEY ARE STILL THE SAME .AND FOR THE STUPID PEOPLE WHO STOCK PILE GAS AND FOOD IT WILL ONLY MAKE THE COMPANIES RAISE THE PRICES KNOWING THERE ARE FOOLS WHO WILL KEP BUYING EXTRA QUANITIES.
Nan

Saint Charles, IL

#97 May 13, 2008
We were looking to buy another house, but the money that would have gone towards the mortgage payment, is now going into our gas tanks.
Our "economic stimulus" check will be going there too. We were planning to go to Macinaw Island this summer, but that's out too. No extras basically. Sucks cuz we've had the technology YEARS ago to get 80 mpg. There's no reason the gas should be this high, why are these oil companies allowed to charge this much? And WHY are we paying for it?? This is the start of something really bad.......
Rebecca

Whitehall, MI

#98 May 13, 2008
My husband rides the bike trail to Whitehall from Shelby to work 6 days a week because we sold our car. We could not affor the cost of gas along with the cost of rising food and milk cost. Our family just enjoys the exercise and the fresh air. Since we live right in town, which is kinda small, everything is close enough to walk to. And the bike trail is close to the house too.
Shelby, MI
Jeramie

Muskegon, MI

#99 May 13, 2008
Many people are now working to make only enough money to work. With daycare for a couple children and and now the burden of an expensive full tank of gas every week, it no longer makes sense for many parents to work.

Salary $400
Taxes -70
Gas -$100
Daycare -$250
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balance -20

Why would the average person want to work at all? So that the gas companies can get richer?
WZZM 13 News wrote:
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.
Jim in Mears

Baltimore, MD

#100 May 13, 2008
1. NO SHAME in the oil industry for doubling the price of gasoline in 16 months.

2. NO SHAME in the oil industry for raping Americans of hard earned money and making obscene, record high profits and doing NOTHING to increase their ability to produce gas to keep up with demand.

3. NO SHAME in the oil industry for single handedly causing the down turn in the American economy and causing the prices of EVERYTHING to go up for months on end.

4. NO SHAME in the oil industry for the daily and almost minute by minute lies and excuses for running up the price of gasoline and oil.

5. NO SHAME on Wall Street from investors who have doubled the price of oil in 16 months for absolutey no reason whatsoever.

6. NO SHAME in the oil industry, Wall Street and the United States Government for allowing oil prices to double and this country to send Billions and Billions and Billions of dollars more than last year to countries and terrorists who want to kill every last American on the planet.

NEVER NEVER NEVER has there been an industry as crooked and perverse as the oil industry.

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