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Old 05-27-2007, 08:35 PM   #1
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What, if anything, have the current gas prices done to your driving habits?

After talking to our daughter in Los Angeles this afternoon, I wonder what others are doing to get along during the present gas price situation.

She related that they are paying $3.59 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Thankfully, she and her husband live within a couple of miles of their places of work, so they don't use a lot of fuel commuting.

She did say that they have now changed the way they look at recreational driving. That is, they don't tarry far from home for fun as much as they used to and "batch" their other driving chores even though they live in a large metropolitan area.

Buck and I live in a rather rural area. The closest grocery/shopping is 25 miles away and we have curtailed our trips to "town" considerably. Luckily, Buck's daily commute is less than a half mile, one way, each day.

What say the rest of you? How are you adjusting/coping?

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Old 05-27-2007, 08:42 PM   #2
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I say we will have to adjust another area of our lives - there is a certain amount of driving we HAVE to do. Maybe we'll quit going out so much - that would suit me just fine!!!! lol
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Old 05-27-2007, 09:01 PM   #3
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All it has done is make me cringe every time I get in the car. We have to drive a lot. My wife's commute is 45 min to an hour each way. Mine is an hour to an hour and a half each way. My parents are 30 minutes away. Hers are 45. We need to see both sets regularly. My wife had a birthday party for a close friends son 45 minutes away today. Next weekend we have a wedding in NY. These are things we need to do and it hurts each time we get in the car.
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Ouch, GB! I cringe just reading your post! We're trying to consolidate trips, too. It's hard with a toddler--sometimes it's easier to run a couple errands in the morning, get home before she melts and then head out later in the day to finish up. But we're trying to stretch things so that we can do them all at once or find places where we can do a little more "one stop shopping." For instance diapers may be cheaper across town, but even though they cost a little more at the warehouse club close by we'll get them there because it's still cheaper than driving farther.
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Old 05-27-2007, 09:18 PM   #5
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I make every trip count...accomplish as much as I can on every trip.
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Old 05-27-2007, 09:56 PM   #6
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I make every trip count...accomplish as much as I can on every trip.
That's me, too. Whereas I used to just get in the car and go whenever for a single errand, I now plan ahead and try to run all my errands at once. Probably not a bad thing and probably something I should have done long ago. Still, there is a lot of driving that just has to happen, so I just suck it up and pay.
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:31 PM   #7
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Since I am a stay at home wife who hates to go shopping (unless I really have to), it hasn't done much except give me more power behind my excuse of not wanting to waste gas. The post office is about 7 miles from here (I only pick up the mail twice a week), the nearest grocery store is 35 miles away, the bank is another 20-25 miles farther. When DH is able to, he will pick up his paycheck and whatever else I might need on his way home; we have done this for many years. Makes me happy that I have always been a home-body.
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All it has done is make me cringe every time I get in the car. We have to drive a lot...
Yeah, me too, GB.
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My husband and I both work at home so commuting isn't an issue. We live in a busy, growing, congested suburb so I shun driving across town for that reason alone. However, I do find that I lump my errands together because of gas prices. My son is in travel baseball this summer so we don't care what the gas prices are, we will drive wherever to see him play. Some things are priceless, and time watching our son play ball is one of them!
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My husband and I both work at home so commuting isn't an issue. We live in a busy, growing, congested suburb so I shun driving across town for that reason alone. However, I do find that I lump my errands together because of gas prices. My son is in travel baseball this summer so we don't care what the gas prices are, we will drive wherever to see him play. Some things are priceless, and time watching our son play ball is one of them!
Green Lady: Car Pooling to a sports event is a nightmare that I never want to think about again. The traveling leagues in our area never play more than 35 or 40 miles away. If they have two games a week usually one is in town and the other is away.
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