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Old 04-11-2011, 02:16 PM   #21
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We will be towing the camper as usual this summer, regardless of gas prices.
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We will be towing the camper as usual this summer, regardless of gas prices.
Same here - plus I'll be enjoying the benefits of a 50% improvement in MPG! (From 8 to all the way up to 12... )
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I plan on slowing down--but hadn't until the trooper presented me with the ticket over the weekend.
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Same here - plus I'll be enjoying the benefits of a 50% improvement in MPG! (From 8 to all the way up to 12... )
Hey, sometimes I manage to get 12.5 while towing.

Should be amusing to see how the new pups take to camping. We will have an adjustment to make since we have been used to camping with 14 and 15YO dogs who sometimes had to be carried a mile or more on hikes (guess who got to do that).
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We took the "Admiral" (Biscuit, the papillon) out on the boat for her first trip of the year and she loved it! And anytime I want to complain about fuel prices in the car, I just remember what it costs to load up the boat with diesel.
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Also, I might have to dust off my bicycle for short errands.
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One of the major benefits of living in NYC is great public transit system. However, I work in area where it takes about two hours by subways and a bus verses 40 minutes by car. Also at $4/gal, it's $4.00 gas or $4.50 by subway for round trip. It's worth saving 2.5 hours commuting unless I can save more than $20 by taking subway.
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Will you drive less, more, or the same, in lieu of gas prices. I have actually seen cars and SUVs driving slower on the highways around me, had not seen that since $4+ gas a couple years ago.

Lots of speculation and money going into energy stocks and ETF's. Maybe we have finally hit "grin and bear it" territory??

The last time prices went to $4+, I was seemed to become more aware of my driving habits and tried to drive more carefully... but I did not alter the amount of driving.

My driving will alter soon because I will FIRE. Maybe the cost of working is going up!
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Don't complain too much. Up here, where the crude oil comes from, gas is about C$1.25/liter or 1.04*3.78 = US$3.95 per US gallon.

I will probably drive my guzzlers (Mustang GT, Ford pickup) the same amount (combined 15K miles per year). Even my toy car, 50 years old with 1700CC weighing 2K pounds, only gets about 20 miles/US gallon.
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And I paid $3.45 at Costco a gallon 2 days ago (Phoenix). Montana = expensive gas.

When I lived in Houston the gas prices were soooo low compared to Chicago that all my relatives were jealous. I know my ex- was.
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Note that the average in Los Angeles is $4.18 today

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Gas has been $4.99 a gallon in my neck of the woods for several weeks now, so we've cut back. Groceries are 70 miles away so we've been going every 2 weeks, but with last month's gas bill at $450.00 we're going to extend that timeline even further. We've got a big freezer.
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We just added miles and stops to our planned 2011 itinerary. Averaged $372 per month last year in gasoline costs but the last couple of months have been in the $450-500 range. I expect that higher amount will be closer to our average for this year.
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I just try to combine trips . The only time I really noticed the increase was when I recently booked a flight . The cost was really up from last year but no way am I going to stop visiting my Daughter ,SIL & grandson . As Khan would say " I'd sell a kidney first ".
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We'll be hitting the road with our travel trailer as planned. We cut back in other areas like dining out, movies and other entertainment to compensate.

But I refuse to switch to cheap beer
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Nothing, Nada, Rein. We use about 50 gallons a month. At $5 a gallon that is about $75 dollars a month more. Based on our monthly expenditures that is .01875% increase in spending. So while I look at the pump when I fill up and say Wow, I have not changed anything really.
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It's not just gas/petrol prices.

The arilines increased the fuel surcharge on airtickets last week - we had to pay early for our trip home at Easter to avoid the increase.

At least my energy stocks have risen a lot (until the last few days)
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Um no. I mean those countless SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans blocking my view and creating a hazard from their mere size and presence (and for the pick-up trucks, blinding me at night even when the headlights are not on high-beam settings).
Personally, in our ever-litigious society, I worry more about people on the road who choose economy over safety and drive those tiny cheap-to-operate cars, knowing they can't see over the countless SUV's, pickup trucks, and minivans. Little ecobox cars are difficult to see in traffic, "creating a hazard from their mere size and presence"..i.e. the eco-warrior trying to force a Smart Car struggling to do 45MPH on the ramp into freeway traffic that is doing 75 MPH... being blown willy-nilly from one lane to the other by every passing semi truck, white-knuckled driver and wide-eyed passenger undoubtedly scared sh*tless in traffic... but, hey, they're saving the planet money!

Also cannot understand the angst when the DOT-compliant OEM headlights on my pickup truck "blind you at night, on the low-beam setting", since admittedly you know it will be a problem for you when you venture out in your little ecobox at night. Do you think that by choosing to drive a small car you should expect special accommodations from everyone else, ie the outdoor enthusiasts, contractors, and soccer moms, et al, driving their vehicles of choice??)
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When I retire in a couple of months, I'll be doing the grocery shopping and errand running. Even though we live in the 'burbs, I'm going to ride the bike and walk as much as I can and keep the car in the garage. Won't spend money on gas, less pollution, and I can extend my life with the exercise. Kind of reminds me of my childhood. Mom didn't drive, so we walked to the stores, to school, to church, most everywhere we went. When it was too far to walk, we took the bus.
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