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From: lendube
Date: 04-21-2007, 01:20 PM (1 of 87)
Isn't it obscene when we (here at least) consider anything below $3.00 per gallon a good price for gas??? It really is outrageous! :shock:

In another post it was mentioned that gas in Oklahoma is $2.69 per gallon. Why am I paying $3.26??

What's the price per gallon in your neck of the woods??

Lennie
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From: pretnichols
Date: 04-21-2007, 01:38 PM (2 of 87)
$2.87 this morning at the grocery store. I paid $2.95 on Monday.
Peggy

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From: Hogmami
Date: 04-21-2007, 01:47 PM (3 of 87)
Its anywhere from 2.78 to 2.89. depending what side of town you are on. I'm on the 2.78 side.
Carolyn
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From: Magot
Date: 04-21-2007, 03:30 PM (4 of 87)
1.93 but the gallons are different sizes....
um....

so - my gallon is 1.2 US gallons...

at todays exchange rate 1.93 = $3.86
so I am paying $3.86 for !.2 gallons

or $3.21 per US gallon - most of that is tax for sure...
love and kisses, Jan
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From: cshortsew
Date: 04-21-2007, 03:51 PM (5 of 87)
The station I stopped at today was $2.89, across the street it was $2.93.
cshortsew
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 04-21-2007, 04:29 PM (6 of 87)
I paid 2.79 this morning on my way to work.
Summer

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From: Mom of Six
Date: 04-21-2007, 05:04 PM (7 of 87)
It looks like the Michigan average is $2.79. I didn't buy today but loked as I drove by the station on the way to the grocery store where orange juice is $3.99 gallon for the cheap kind, milk was 2.69 & apple cider my husband asked for was $3.79. Gas seems cheap in comparison until you figure the juice will last the week & the milk at least a day or 2.
Barb
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From: Patty22
Date: 04-21-2007, 06:02 PM (8 of 87)
Gas this afternoon was $2.91 at the cheapest station for the lowest grade unleaded. Premium was 3.21 I was listening to MSNBC while cleaning the house and they were all excited that the price of gas dropped 1/2 cent.

Huh?

I remember when gas wars were going on and use to go to the station that was selling for 25 cents a gallon when I was in HS. I'm hoping others remember this??? However then in the 70's they closed the gas stations and I remember being stuck on the interstate on the way home from Cleveland in a VW because we couldn't find anywhere to get gas. Hmmmm.....so thirty years later we're in the same boat.....didn't someone smack us on the side of the head thirty years ago?
Patty
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From: LoveSewin
Date: 04-21-2007, 06:31 PM (9 of 87)
That's nothing. We refine the gas in our province (less than 2 hours away) and we still pay $1.03 per litre ($4.12 per gallon). We were happy to pay the U.S. prices when we were down there :smile:
Kim
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From: lendube
Date: 04-21-2007, 06:49 PM (10 of 87)
Fun to see what people are paying. Thanks Jan, for figuring that out.

Thanks Patty, for pointing out that your price was the cheapest grade. That's what I was going by. Luckily my Nissan doesn't mind that a bit.

Now, if I can't make it the 1/2 hour to the "regular" gas stations I can go to the one in town a mile away and pay $3.88 per gallon. Only in emergencies do I go there for a few dollars worth. :mad:

Lennie And yes Patty, I remember the gas wars and the getting gas according to the last number on your plate, etc. etc. (Didn't have to acually deal with it since I was living overseas at the time.)
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From: kldkellett@ns.s
Date: 04-21-2007, 08:39 PM (11 of 87)
We pay $1.14 a litre which is crazy, it is regulated by the government and goes up and down every two weeks!!! Worse than gas, we pay almost $8 for 4 litres of MILK. Every seen a teenage boy eat cereal, it is worse than driving a V8!!
Deb
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From: Bama
Date: 04-21-2007, 08:59 PM (12 of 87)
I paid $2.66 a gallon a few days ago for regular unleaded. Friday it was $2.70.
Name brand milk here is about $4.50 a gallon. :sick: Store brand is about $3.60. With 2 teenagers going through 4 or 5 gallons a week, I buy the store brand.
Orange juice went up over $.50 since last week. $2.53 for 2 quarts of store brand juice. I paid $1.98 just a week ago.
I've noticed the prices on several groceries items have jumped in the past few weeks. :sad:
With school getting out for summer in a few weeks, my grocery bill will get even higher.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 04-21-2007, 08:59 PM (13 of 87)
I have a 15YO girl, an 18YO boy & a 20YO boy in my house along with a DH who loves milk. We go through about 1 gallon a day.

We just came home & gas was $2.65 tonight at the stations we passed.
Barb
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From: bridesmom
Date: 04-21-2007, 09:05 PM (14 of 87)
We're paying $4.20 Cdn for a US gallon, so that with the exchange makes it just over $4 a gallon. That is why we go over the border and fill up at about $3.50 a gallon.
Laura
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-21-2007, 10:47 PM (15 of 87)
Where I am, it was $1.07 Cdn/litre today.
1 US gallon = 3.78 litres.
So we are paying $4.04 Cdn for a US gallon.
At the exchange rate of $1 Cdn = $0.89 US, we are paying $3.60 US a gallon. As summer is coming and they know that people travel more in the summer...the prices will probably just keep going up and up! :mad:
TTFN from
Judy
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 04-21-2007, 11:44 PM (16 of 87)
I filled up the mustang today it took 32.00 worth which is high but it was only 2.69 a gallon where we stopped. It was the cheapest place I saw today and we traveled a good bit. Went to Mississippi to eat and then on to Chalmette to see what was going on down there and to my sons to see his house he's buying down there. Then back home again. About 180 miles round trip and all the stations were between 2.69 to 2.89 a gallon. It's a lot of tax on gas here too.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-22-2007, 06:02 AM (17 of 87)
I'm paying about $1.28 per litre. Although I have seen it over the last week as high as $1.36 per litre. Four of our litres equal about 1 gallon for you so that works out to $5.12 AUS dollars per gallon. The exchange is not too bad at the moment so that works out to about $4.28 per gallon.

Can't be bothered to go through the conversions again but I pay about $3.00 for 2 litres of milk. Thats for standard milk. Unleaded (dh's joke) or skinny or fat reduced milk is more depending on which one.

I guess I win - I'm being ripped off the most.
Pauline
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-22-2007, 08:26 AM (18 of 87)
Wow,
I don't even know what gas is now because for the last couple weeks My husband's car has been waiting to go in the shop next week so, unless I really need it, he has been driving the Mini and -- I love this -- when I get in it the tank has plenty of gas!
After next week I'll be back at the pump.
I'm paying about what Patty does since I live right up the hill from her. But I have to use the high priced stuff and since we traded Minis and got the bigger engine I lost my great gas mileage.
But it does gooooo............
Dorothy
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From: Patty22
Date: 04-22-2007, 09:37 AM (19 of 87)
It is interesting pointing out grocery prices. We are in an agricultural area and milk has been a loss leader at different grocery chains for $1.99 a gallon. When my kids were younger and went through tanker trucks of milk the prices were higher.

I'm only down to one milk drinker, as I drink soy milk and my husband drinks rice milk.

I plan my menus around the different stores loss leaders for the week and then pick up basic goods from an Aldi's store (no advertising, no bagging and you bring your own recycled bags, no soda, no coupons..you get the drift). I buy Muesli cereral for 1.99 for almost a pound of fruit and nut, 1/2 pound cheese wedges for 1.50, 3 cucumbers for .99, fresh pineapple (uncut) 1.99, walnuts for 3.69 a pound, etc. Aldi's has really helped my grocery bills.

I've heard reports on how grocery prices are going to skyrocket because of farmers extra burden with petroleum products - meat because corn crops are going for ethanol rather than feeding livestock, etc.

I remember about 15 years ago when the sugar crops suffered and the prices never went down again; same with coffee prices.

Once we become accustomed to paying the high prices and continue to buy the goods, they prices never go back to what they were unless everyone stopped using the goods. Personally, I could NEVER give up my coffee fix :sick:

I'll become a hermit (no gas) get skinny (in my wildest dreams from not eating) but give me my coffee!
Patty
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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 04-22-2007, 09:48 AM (20 of 87)
Gas prices around town seem to be 2.79-2.86 or so. We don't drive too much since I take the bus to class and DH works from home, but our '93 Buick LeSabre gets less than stellar gas mileage. :sick: It's actually a very nice car..but it could be better when it comes to gas mileage and parallel parking!

Milk prices are pretty low here, too, Patty. Luckily, since DH drinks about 1/2 gallon a day! :shock: Of course he drinks 1% and I drink skim, so at any point in time we have 2-5 gallons in the fridge.
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From: Anza54
Date: 04-22-2007, 12:12 PM (21 of 87)
In our rural town we have 3 gas stations. Texaco $3.44 last I noticed. Mobil $3.45 and Circle K (Union 76). $3.35. I always try to fill up my car when I go shopping off the mountain. (Temecula or Hemet). I also fill up a 5 gallon gas can to refill my tank. The last time I went shopping 3 weeks ago it was $3.20. My job is 100 miles round trip 5 days a week. I can get to work and back 4 days on a full tank.My Corolla. I drive through other rural towns to get there, so their gas is a little higher. The market across from my job is $3.65. So needless to say I don't drive anywhere on my days off. I try to do all my errand in one day. I am usually gone for most of the day when I do that. Sorry to blather on. Anyway that what gas is here in Anza. Today anyway:re:
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From: Magot
Date: 04-22-2007, 04:07 PM (22 of 87)
Milk seems to work out about the same - $4.00 for 7 pints - ( I buy organic)

Many British milk farmers are going out of business because the big supermarkets pay such a low price for milk - I wonder where all the mark up is???
love and kisses, Jan
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From: kmccrea
Date: 04-22-2007, 07:03 PM (23 of 87)
$2.91 at the Circle K by my house! That's why I don't drive unless I really have to. It's outrageous and then the oil companies come out and announce record breaking profits. Truly obscene.
Katherine McCrea
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From: lendube
Date: 04-22-2007, 07:28 PM (24 of 87)
Here we go! As long as the subject came up. Let's see if I'm getting screwed at the grocery store as well as the gas station: :mad:

$3.99 - Store brand 2% milk, 1 gallon
$5.49 - Challenge butter (Usually buy at Costco.)
$3.69 - Millbrook Buttermilk bread
$1.69 - 1 lb. red delicious apples
$1.69 - 1 lb. oranges
$1.89 - avocados, each
$ .69 - 1 lb. bananas
$3.89 - 10 lb potatoes
$3.49 - 1 lb. ground beef 15% fat
$5.49 - 1 lb. sirloin steak

It's to the point that if an item is less than $1.00 it's hard to believe. Who remembers watermelon at 3 cents a pound??? I do.

Lennie :re:
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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-22-2007, 08:20 PM (25 of 87)
Lennie - it's a lot better than what I'd heard - I have had so many people tell me that the price of fresh food is higher in the US - I know most other things are cheaper.

In Australia
Apples - Pink Lady - $4.98 a kilo (about 2.2 pounds)
Oranges - $3.49 a kilo
Bananas - thankfully back down to about $2.70 a kilo (last year the banana growing areas had a cyclone and wiped out most of the crops - they went as high as $13.00 a kilo - and I had to keep buying them - one of two types of fruit my ds will eat)
Bread - about $3.20 a loaf - unless you want a fancy one (you can get a supermarket generic loaf for 99c - if you can stomach it)
Butter (I don't use it - low fat margerine instead) but about $2.98 for half a kilo
Minced beef (ordinary - I think it's the same as your 15% ground beef) about $6.49 a kilo
Rib eye or scotch fillet steak (anywhere from $25 to $33 a kilo) I think sirloin is about $16-20 (don't buy it)
Chicken thigh or breast skinless - $8-11 a kilo

Wait until Jan tells us her meat prices - then you'll probably fall on the floor. UK is a good place to be a vegetarian (so I hear tell).
Pauline
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From: judymo
Date: 04-22-2007, 08:42 PM (26 of 87)
I put gas in my car yesterday, it was just below half when I did and of course I drive a 1987 SAAB., it was $2.76 per gal. and it cost 24.51 and on the 6th of April I put in $31.44 at $2.72 per gal. I only go 24 miles a day to work both ways, and try very hard not to let it go under half. before I fill it up.

and when your on Social Security, it gets tighter,

name brand milk is over three dollars a gallon and my husband is the only on that drinks milk, I drink Soy so it last a little longer then his. so when I go shopping I get milk at Walmarts low fat for him /or skim and soy for me and I save a bout $1.00 -150 on both, plus buying eggs large white at about $1.06 a dozen., of course I'm in maine in the middle of the state.


Judy
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From: lendube
Date: 04-22-2007, 10:11 PM (27 of 87)
Eggs! That's the staple I forgot.

Regular Grade AA Large are $2.09 per dozen.

I buy the brown, No Cage/Free Roaming Chicken Eggs because I feel sorry for the chickens. :re: I think they taste better too. They're $3.49 per dozen. I get them cheaper at Costco too.

Lennie
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 04-22-2007, 10:35 PM (28 of 87)
I'm in Dairy Farm country here too but the cost of milk is about what you are all paying.

Gas today went down. I saw it today at RaceTrac it was 2.63 a gallon That is the cheapest I've seen so far in my running around.

Lennie you really can't base the price of things in one place and compare them to another place because the cost of living is different everywhere too. Rent for a one bedroom apartment a few years ago in California (My step sister lived in Morgan Hill area) was around 1500.00 a month unfurnished. In Chalmette where I lived that same apartment would have been around 385.00 a month. A receptionist in California made around 18.00 an hour and in the New Orleans area they made around 8.00 an hour. So you see it's different all over the country because of the cost of living in that area. I could afford to pay 1500.00 a month if I made 18.00 an hour. LOL:up: Just a thought.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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From: esrun3
Date: 04-22-2007, 10:51 PM (29 of 87)
$2.97 a gallon last week when I filled up at QT, my dd filled up at Costco or $2.87 but this morning I passed a station at $3.01.

This is ridiculous! The thing that drives me batty is they change the price even when they haven't bought new gas to supply the rest of us!
Lyn
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From: lendube
Date: 04-23-2007, 12:37 PM (30 of 87)
I notice that too, Lyn, in our little town. Their prices are still sky high when all the others are down a bit. It's understandable (though frustrating) since they paid sky high prices for that particular shipment of gas.

Susie, I'm totally aware of that and you're right. There are million dollar homes all over the place and no one can figure out why they're worth that. Elsewhere they go for a third of that and there's even property included.

I have to say though that the whole San Diego area is losing people faster than you can count. It might be "America's Finest City" regarding the climate and other things but not financially. People can't afford to live here anymore unless they've been established. The city is losing it's police forces because they can't be paid adequate wages to live in the area. They're dangerously understaffed.

Prices can only go so high and then it all breaks down.

Lennie
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From: plrlegal
Date: 04-23-2007, 03:01 PM (31 of 87)
Gasoline is down to I think dh said $2.59 on Sat. I can drive my Explorer for 2 weeks on a tank of gas and I get about 21 miles to a gallon around town but I do primarily expressway driving to and from work and I try to do any errands that I need to do on the way home every evening. I have no idea what the price is today or what is might be tomorrow. It's like watching a yoyo here. It goes up and down everyday in different parts of OKC. As far as grocery store prices go, I really can't compare because there is only dh and I and we pretty much buy what we like to eat and try not to think about the prices but I do know i think a lot of times I don't understand how people who have familes (3 or four kids to feed) survive with some of the prices I see in the grocery stores plus the price of gasoline and utilities.

Patsy
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From: Bama
Date: 04-23-2007, 04:59 PM (32 of 87)
Gas jumped to $2.80 a gallon here today for regular unleaded. :shock: I'm sure it will be $3.00 by the time school is out for summer. It really hurts us because DH drives 65 miles one way to work each day. :sad: Looks like he will be driving my Mazda and I'll start driving his F150.
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From: Bama
Date: 04-23-2007, 05:02 PM (33 of 87)
Patsy, I also wonder how families with several kids can afford to feed them. We only have two and by the time both kids are on their own, I can probably make an extra house payment every month or two with what we'll save on groceries. My son is a bottomless pit.
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 04-23-2007, 06:31 PM (34 of 87)
Well here in Australia it is $AU1.25/litre which is $AU4.73/gallon and factor in the exchange rates and it comes to $3.94/gallon. Wish I didn't have to travel so much :bluesad:
Cheers, Soph.

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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-23-2007, 07:31 PM (35 of 87)
Hey Soph - where have you been. How is the new house?

You're paying a good price for your petrol. I would have thought you'd be paying more than me.
Pauline
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 04-23-2007, 07:50 PM (36 of 87)
Hey Pauline.
New house is awful.... sewing room is an oxymoron. I dont have enough room to do anything. But the good news is that we went to the draftsman yesterday, so my new sewing room is now officially on it's way. It's going to be 9metres by 5 metres, so I cant wait.

We do manage to get slightly better fuel prices here than Melbourne region, but at the same time we dont. We dont have a lot of variation, it seems to sit between $1.25 and $1.32, even when they say on the news that the prices are on their way down.

Just trying to post some pics to explain my absence or the last month.
Cheers, Soph.

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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-23-2007, 08:43 PM (37 of 87)
Excellent - hope they're sewing pics and not photos of you lying on the couch with a broken leg or something.
Pauline
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 04-23-2007, 08:47 PM (38 of 87)
Hmmmmmmm. I think that would have been less painful!
Cheers, Soph.

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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 04-23-2007, 11:02 PM (39 of 87)
Lennie my husband spends around 400.00 a week on gas between two vehicles. He travels around 80 miles one way each vehicle. Both trucks are V-8's so that makes a huge difference for his gas mileage. He had a little Ford Ranger and when I got my mustang he took over my gas hog the Titan. I think he's sorry he took the bigger truck. But at least it's more comfortable to ride all that way.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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From: Judi
Date: 04-24-2007, 04:10 AM (40 of 87)
Gas here is 3.30 (the last time I drove by a station) We are retired so drive very little. I do combine my errands
I shop for the sales. When beef is on sale, I stock up, and repackage into one meal packages at home. The same with pork and skinless, boneless chix breasts. Bananas are .79 lb, and apples are now 1.49 for the Fiji's. We don't use much bread - but it's 3.50 or more for the kind I like, and about the same for DH. DH started eating cereal every morning for breakfast - and the price is outrageous. He does eat the Smart Start - and the boxes are very small. We are only shopping for 2 and we are eating smaller meals than 10 years ago - but I worry about the young families - they have mortgages, and more mouths in the family.
Judi

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From: Pcat
Date: 04-24-2007, 11:27 AM (41 of 87)
Wow - I'll stop complaining about our gas prices! This morning it was down to $2.73/gallon. I recently dumped my gas-guzzling Blazer and bought a second hand Neon that is a 4 cylinder with a stick shift, but gets 32 MPG in town. Not pretty or fancy, but gets me where I'm going CHEAP!

Pam
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From: bridesmom
Date: 04-24-2007, 11:57 AM (42 of 87)
We went down to Seattle on the weekend, and gas just over the US border was $3.09, by the time we hit Bellingham it was up to $3.25, then I quit looking until when we got home and its up to $1.14/litre which makes us way over $4/gallon, good heavens, how can it increase so fast?? They still have the same gas in their storage tanks as they did in the morning. I just don't get it. Sure ticks me off though.
Laura
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From: Magot
Date: 04-24-2007, 12:01 PM (43 of 87)
Wow Sophie - that is going to be some room!
love and kisses, Jan
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From: smessier
Date: 04-24-2007, 03:08 PM (44 of 87)
I've noticed prices vary from about 2.77 to 2.89 a gallon here in central Maine. It's more expensive in cities and near the highway.

My family in RI pay about 10 cents more than that.

Such a rip off!!:shock:

Sandy
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From: sewhappyrtr
Date: 04-24-2007, 04:43 PM (45 of 87)
Here the gas is around 2.77 a gallon give or take a few pennies here and there. We shop alot at Aldi's which is cut rate grocery store. But gallon of mile is cheaper so thats good. I can't really remember the exact price right now but it is less than $3.00. Do you have an Aldi's or Biglots of Dollar store anywhere??? I like Biglots, they have alot of namebrand items at cheaper prices, due to the stores closing out on things. I combine my shopping also to save on gas. When is the government going to step in??? Course we in Central Illinois are dealing with another rate increase in our electrical bill. We had been on a rate freeze and that expired in Jan 2007 so they said expect your bill to increase by 40%. Some peoples bills have gone up hundreds of dollars. There is a big stink at the state capitol now with the senators and such trying to step in. Where or where will we ever get the money to pay for everything????
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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-24-2007, 05:39 PM (46 of 87)
We have Aldis in Australia. I tried them once but halfway round the aisles I only had about 3 items in the trolley - they just didn't stock enough of what I needed/wanted. I gave up and went to my ordinary supermarket. I don't mind shopping in more than one store but only if they're within walking/carrying distance of each other.
Pauline
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From: JoanieB
Date: 04-24-2007, 10:02 PM (47 of 87)
I paid 2.74 a gallon today. It cost 47.50 to fill up and I still had a 1/4 of a tank. I remember some time ago I was with my DH in his truck and it was the first time it cost $50.00 plus to fill up his truck. I could hardly believe it. I told him that I never thought we would see the day that a tank of gas cost 50 dollars.

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From: esrun3
Date: 04-24-2007, 10:36 PM (48 of 87)
Just filled up at Costco tonight at $2.91. Other stations in the area are $2.95 to $3.05 at the moment.
Lyn
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-24-2007, 11:39 PM (49 of 87)
Boy, I skidded in on air tonight. My husband is using my car tomorrow so let him fill the tank I say.
Dorothy
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From: kittykat
Date: 04-25-2007, 01:50 AM (50 of 87)
the 3 stations by my house is 3.25 a gal. and we are by several refineries. can drive to the next town and buy gas cheaper. the state said they were going to see if there was price gouging, but woun't be done investingating until oct. when summer has come and gone and they have recieved their share of the tax money. my opion. spelled wrong. but my cat has decided to be loving and won't leave me alone.
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From: smessier
Date: 04-25-2007, 11:09 AM (51 of 87)
Dorothy,
You have me ROTFLMAO!! I do the same exact thing to my husband. And it doesn't even really matter...the money comes from the same accoutn!! :bg:

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From: Pudge99
Date: 04-25-2007, 02:09 PM (52 of 87)
Had to wait 'til I went to the store to join in on this one.

$2.97 - Store brand skim milk, 1 gallon
$0.89 - 1 lb. red delicious apples
$0.37 - 1 lb. bananas
$1.65 - California Strawberries
$0.84 - Dozen Eggs
Bread I buy at the day old store so I can't really compare.
Gas- $2.66 at the local grocery chain.
And here is one that nobody has mentioned.
You can get a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, single story house 1,692 Sq. Ft. on my street for $130,000. BTW that is $15,000 more than I paid for my 2 story, 2,400 Sq. Ft. less than five years ago.
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From: pretnichols
Date: 04-25-2007, 02:46 PM (53 of 87)
While most of the prices here compare to elsewhere, housing is definitely where it differs. I live in a suburb (35 miles SW) from Chicago. Here a 1600 square foot home, 2 story, 2.5 baths, with a basement is around $240,000 (my house, specifically). If the basement is finished, add another $20,000. Depending on where you live in or out of Chicago, prices can vary $100,000!!!

You thought gas prices varied, but housing is definitely not going to compare. However, I am really fascinated by the comparable prices thoughout the U.S. Since cost of living is different, I wonder sometimes how people pay the higher prices in smaller cities & towns.
Peggy

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From: Pudge99
Date: 04-25-2007, 02:57 PM (54 of 87)
Peggy,

Your prices are my excuse for not moving back to IL. All my family, my husbands family and my eldest daughter's family are in IL so I get the request several times a year. I always tell them to move down here. 'Cause there ain't no way I am gonna move into the itty bitty house that we would get for a comparable price. I once told my ex-MIL that if she would pay the $200,000 difference I might consider moving back. :re: :re: She didn't like that idea.
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From: pretnichols
Date: 04-25-2007, 04:06 PM (55 of 87)
My DH wants to retire to Alabama (we're about 15 years or so from there) because housing is cheaper. When we moved here 10 years ago from another suburb, it was because we couldn't afford the size house we now have due to price variances. At the time it was a small "village" of 12,000. 10 years later, the "village" has 33,000 people and housing is nuts. Having faced tornados, I don't want to move to Hurricane areas -- they are much more devastating. We wanted a small town feel for our kids, but it didn't work out that way (we both grew up in Chicago). Unfortunately, the problems that we both encountered in the city have followed us here. If it weren't for all my family being local, we would be moving. If we moved further West or South in Illinois, home prices would decrease significantly, but then so do wages, but not cost of living. I refuse to consider moving anywhere else until my parents are no longer living.

I'd love to hear housing prices for similar homes from other parts of the country. It should be interesting.
Peggy

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From: lendube
Date: 04-25-2007, 07:00 PM (56 of 87)
Since you asked, Peggy. Ours is an interesting story.

The house we're in was literally built by my dh in 1986/87 when he was married to wife #1. They divorced before the house was finished and she continued to live in it for a year or so after he was "invited" to leave. (My good, good fortune!) They jointly sold the house (still not completely finished) for about $95,000. This is a 2200 sq.ft. house with 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, three story with the bottom level being storage, work shop, pantry space. The middle floor is our main living area with the top for bedrooms. We sit on 3/4 of an acre.

Dh and I got together in '92 and by 2000 we were looking to buy a house. Someone said, hey, your house is for sale again, Kevin! We looked at it and bought it back from the folks he and ex had sold it to all those years before. They had finished it and made some improvements but not much really. We paid $219,000. It was a very good deal since they were asking $239,000.

Kevin has since done a major remodel (floors, kitchen, bathroom, etc.) and is currently (a whole other story!!!) re-siding and replacing all of the windows. Yikes! :shock: What a mess. :shock:

My point, now our house is probably worth about $400,000. It's a nice house in a nice area but nothing spectacular by any stretch. The special thing about it is that my dh's heart is totally in it. :love:

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From: Magot
Date: 04-26-2007, 12:56 PM (57 of 87)
Our three bed semi- detached cost us 195,000 a month ago! 1 room downstairs - (lounge/diner) 10 x 17 feet, kitchen 9 x 8, conservatory 10x8. Downstairs loo and bathroom upstairs. You can get double beds in 2 opf the rooms. We have a garage and 2 sheds and the garden is about 20 x 20 ft.
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From: Judi
Date: 04-26-2007, 03:26 PM (58 of 87)
I know how much housing varies. My house was built in 1950, and I bought it in 1970 for 18,000. 3 bedroom, 2 baths, living, dining/family room and kitchen, with an attached 1 car garage. I have about 1400 sq. ft. My lot is 50 x 100 feet, and does have a nice sized back yard. We could sell it in less than a week for 280,000 to 300,000. But where would we live.

I filled the gas tank today - $3.28 . Fortunately, we do very little driving in a car that gets super mileage. I can usually get 3 to 4 weeks out of a full tank. I am so glad we only live a couple of miles from the grocery and other local shopping. The malls and fabric stores are about 10 to 15 miles away.
Judi

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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-26-2007, 10:33 PM (59 of 87)
My house is about 1600 square foot (if my conversions are correct) with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, dining and family room. This doesn't include carport and huge garage or outdoor deck. We don't have basements here unfortunately :bluesad: (or I'd have somewhere to set up my sewing machine all the time).

Last time we had a valuation (a couple of years ago) it was valued at about 280-290,000. The market has been pretty quiet since then but this was before the garage and deck with spa. Our area is okay (there's certainly worse) but you wouldn't have to move far to get a pretty significant difference in values.
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 04-27-2007, 12:06 AM (60 of 87)
Well we moved here after Katrina but we bought at preKatrina price. Our 6 acres of land cost us 35,000. Now that same 6 acres in my area is selling for 10,000.00 an acre. So we did alright for ourselves. We added a 40 X 60 warehouse and bought a mobile home until we could build our house. Today I think we could probably triple our money with the improvements we've made the year we've been here. On the down side of all this is the local grocery is 15 miles one way and 20 miles the other way. Our closest WalMart is 20 miles also. Closest small convenience store is 5 miles away and the gas there is about 30 to 40 cents more than in town.

Dorothy I couldn't slide in with my car I would be afraid I'd wind up on the side of the road with a gas can hitching a ride. LOL:sad:
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-27-2007, 09:13 AM (61 of 87)
With that flashy thing, I'd strut into the gas station!!
I didn't mind gassing up the old Mini but my husband just had to have the bigger engine faster model and it uses considerably more gas.
Oh yeah, The tank was full yesterday!
Dorothy
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From: Judi
Date: 04-27-2007, 02:27 PM (62 of 87)
Uh :whacky: - I didn't mean it cost $3.28 to fill the tank, that was price per gallon. It actually took $36. to fill it. We really don't drive much - we've had the car 17 months and it just went over 10,000 miles last week. That includes 2 trips to Tucson, at a bit over 2000 each trip.
Judi

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From: Laurie H
Date: 04-27-2007, 03:06 PM (63 of 87)
I noticed this morning that regular gas just went up from yesterday. It's now $2.91/gal. I travel 11 miles one way to work, so it can add up, but my CRV gets pretty good mileage, so I can't complain too much.

Diesel prices, however, really go up in the summer and DH drives a dump truck. Some months his diesel bill takes one paycheck and that's ridiculous.

Housing prices in Maine are really quite reasonable, but once you buy, watch out. The taxes and insurances will get you. The taxes and insurances on everything is what gets everyone and now it looks like there will be a new tax on any alcohol purchased (I don't drink so no big deal here) and another snack tax put into effect (now what will I do?). We can't buy anything tax free anymore.

Our food prices seem on par with many of you. My BIL has a dairy farm. I don't mind the price I pay for milk because I know he needs every penny he can get. He works like crazy and never gets paid nearly enough for his milk. We might see the price of milk go up, but he doesn't get paid any more, even though the price of grain goes up.

Now that I'm beginning to rant, I better get going. It's Friday and almost time for me to go home. Probably sounds like it.:whacky:
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From: Reta J
Date: 04-27-2007, 03:57 PM (64 of 87)
Here is my list:

Gas reg. unleaded 2.79 a gal.
Milk 3.19 but can somtimes get it for 2.49 gal.
Bread .89 a giant loaf (store brand, everyone around buys it, so it is usually fresher then national brands)
ground beef 2.09 fresh ground from local butcher shop (only grinds what he can sell that day)

Our house, 1901, bought 4 years ago for 34,000, 3 bd. 1 bath, but needed fixing up, but was livable, now how 1 1/2 baths. 1,700 sq. ft. 2 floors plus full basement. detached garage.

The are we live in is considered a "depressed" area or appalachian area, wages are very low here, mostly minimum wage.

It is interesting to see how the rest of the world differs and yet still the same in some ways.
Sewing Forever
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From: sew_arub_sew
Date: 04-29-2007, 06:35 PM (65 of 87)
Wow, It was fascinating reading all the posts. Gas here is about 2> .79-2.81 as of this past Friday. I won't know the new price until Tomorrow when I fill up. I can get milk for about 2.89 on a good week for the girls. Bread is about 2.59 a loaf and I can normally find the cheap ones for 1.39 a loaf. Orange..3.99 and I don't buy it anymore. :mad:

So after reading all this, I do know this much...No matter where I move this summer, I see 6 laying hens,15meat chickens, 1 dairy goat and 2 meat goats, 4 sheep,2for meat and 2 for wool and a 2 cows, 1 for milk and 1cow every year for meat in my emmediate future. Otherwise I won't be eating. :sick:

The olden days (as my grandchildren put it) are looking to make a comeback for me.

I thought when gas went to 2.05 it Vermont that was outrageous when the southern states were paying 1.35... HA!!! and that was only 20 months ago! :shock:

Arub
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From: LoveSewin
Date: 04-29-2007, 09:52 PM (66 of 87)
I love to hear other housing costs. We are always so tempted to sell, but then where do we go? We live in a 'resort' town. We bought a 1200 sq ft townhouse (attached) 9 years ago, and basically barely made it in @ $175,000. We definitely couldn't have afforded a single family house (still can't). Our home is now worth over $500,000 (a house would be at least $650,000). Crazy.

Food prices are a little higher than what most people posted that live in the U.S.
Kim
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From: Tom Land
Date: 04-30-2007, 02:21 PM (67 of 87)
"I remember when gas wars were going on and use to go to the station that was selling for 25 cents a gallon when I was in HS. I'm hoping others remember this??? However then in the 70's they closed the gas stations and I remember being stuck on the interstate on the way home from Cleveland in a VW because we couldn't find anywhere to get gas. Hmmmm.....so thirty years later we're in the same boat.....didn't someone smack us on the side of the head thirty years ago?"
__________________

Yes Patty, I remember in Jr. High back in the 60's when gas was .08 gal in West Texas while the big guys were puting the independants out of business. This brought on a string of anti-collusion suits by the gov. but it was too late for most independants.
No, we didn't learn since we let Wal-Mart come in and do the same thing.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
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From: Patty22
Date: 05-02-2007, 10:06 AM (68 of 87)
Did any of you hear the news saying gas this summer is going to 3.25 - 3.50 a gallon? Do you think they're trying to make us think that paying 3.00 a gallon is a steal? Kills me when gas companies are making record profits (along with drug manufacturers).

Tom, I remember looking between the cushions in the car seats to try and get enough change together to buy gas. And then there were green stamps where you put your little coupons in books for special premiums. Cashing in the booklets deciding what you were saving for took lots of consideration. Wow, have things changed. I guess I am a dinosaur.
Patty
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From: pretnichols
Date: 05-02-2007, 03:15 PM (69 of 87)
Gas is now $3.15 per gallon. What happened? Forget being $3.25 by Summer, at this rate, it will be next week! I paid .25 less for gas 2 weeks ago!
Peggy

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From: pretnichols
Date: 05-02-2007, 03:20 PM (70 of 87)
Patty, I have a bag of those green stamps books around here somewhere. My Mom gave them to me as she didn't want to throw them out in case they still had value. I believe you can still redeem them somewhere and there's always Ebay!
Peggy

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From: Pudge99
Date: 05-02-2007, 03:46 PM (71 of 87)
Peggy,

Here is the place you can redeem them. (http://www.greenpoints.com/info/inf_help_faq.asp)
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From: Ragz2Bagz
Date: 05-02-2007, 05:12 PM (72 of 87)
Hi~~
Gas prices here are still high. On one end of town, the gas prices are 3.21 and on the other end it is 3.11. The prices are outrageous!!:sick:
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From: vickki
Date: 05-02-2007, 07:07 PM (73 of 87)
We pay 1.16 a litre here(4.64 a gallon)...Everything is expensive here...
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From: pretnichols
Date: 05-03-2007, 08:22 AM (74 of 87)
Thanks Gina.....I'll have to find the books and possibly go shopping. :up: Too bad they don't sell fabric!:dave:
Peggy

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From: cowqueenie
Date: 05-03-2007, 01:28 PM (75 of 87)
HI everyone!
Gas Prices here jumped 15 cents overnight and are up to 2.97 a gallon now. It is really sad. We own a farm and get our gas in a big barrell so we do get a volume discount but it is only about that 15 cents they upped it to begin with! Milk here where we buy it is about 2.35 a gallon. We buy it in bags at a gas/convience store that is big around here called Kwik Trip (A Wisconsin company). We get our Orange Juice there too and it is $1.99 a half gallon and the best darned juice there is! Not too sure about the beef prices since we raise our own as well as raising the pork.
It is amazing to talk to my parents who live on the West end of the Grand Canyon in AZ. Their prices on fresh California produce is awesome and I just really can't wait until summer comes and all our gardens are bearing their volume!!!
I saw on the Today show this morning a country called Duboi (don't know if I spelled that right or not) but no taxes there and gas is only 2 bucks a gallon. A VERY plush and extravagant country!!! WOW....Where would we all be without taxes??? LOL
"A trip to the fabric store is my therapy"
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From: Judi
Date: 05-03-2007, 02:20 PM (76 of 87)
I get my gas at the cheapest place in town and it was $3.29 yesterday. Somehow I doubt the 'National No Gas Day' later this month will have any effect. Even if no one bought gas that one day, they'd still have to fill up the days before or the days after.
Don't ask - I don't remember what that e-mail said, whether it was May 15 or 19, or ?? :smile:
Judi

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From: Bama
Date: 05-04-2007, 06:14 PM (77 of 87)
I just paid $2.89 a gallon for regular unleaded. It's gone up every time I have to fill up.
I think the national no gas day is the 15th. I also doubt that it will do any good, but I'll plan not to buy gas that day anyway.
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From: Bama
Date: 05-04-2007, 06:29 PM (78 of 87)
I just read my email and got this one about buying gas.
Mary, feel free to delete if you think it's inappropriate.



GAS WAR - an idea that WILL work



Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 a gallon by next summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea.

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them.

BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work. Please read on and join with us! By now you're probably thinking gasoline

priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.79 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 - $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the
marketplace..... not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Here's the idea:

For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any

gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do! Now, don't wimp out at this point.... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people.

I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us sends it to at least ten more (30 x 10 =3D 300) . and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 =3D 3,000)...and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers. If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE
> > > > HUNDRED MILLION > > > > PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all. (If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people.... Well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician. But I am, so trust me on this one.)

How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!

I'll bet you didn't think you and I

had that much potential, did you?

Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.

THIS CAN REALLY WORK.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-05-2007, 08:25 AM (79 of 87)
Look -- if we keep looking for ways to "hurt" the oil companies without sacrificing anything ourselves it would just be easier to go get a gun and shoot yourself in the foot.
The real solution has been around since the '70s but it's not an easy one so we keep looking for other answers.
You just got to use less!!
Public transportation.
Sharing rides.
Smaller cars.
Going less.
And -- here's a really hard one -- use less plastic.

I'm not a tree hugger and I'm not very good at practicing what I preach but the truth is we have to cut down on petroleum usage.
Dorothy
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From: Reta J
Date: 05-05-2007, 08:40 AM (80 of 87)
Gas prices jumped here from 2.89 to 3.15 in 3 days. In this community that is a big jump. We have cut back driving to essentials and I try to only go out 1 day a week for groceries, and other running and do it all on that one day. I don't know how much more we can cut.
Something has got to give soon.
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Reta J
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From: Patty22
Date: 05-05-2007, 10:09 AM (81 of 87)
The local grocery store had reuseable bags with handles to use rather than the plastic bags. The bags cost 99 cents and they were really worth it because they are quite sturdy and easier to handle than the plastic bags, not to mention the amount of plastic reduction.

Now getting the store clerks not to act so put out using the bags is another story. We wrote the store chain saying they are great bags but you need to talk to the store clerks.

......and if we really want store clerks to give us the evil eye.....we just take our bags with the store logo on them to another grocery chain.
Patty
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From: Bama
Date: 05-05-2007, 11:00 AM (82 of 87)
Gas prices jumped here from 2.89 to 3.15 in 3 days. In this community that is a big jump. We have cut back driving to essentials and I try to only go out 1 day a week for groceries, and other running and do it all on that one day. I don't know how much more we can cut.
Something has got to give soon.

I agree. We've cut back all that we can in my family. I do most of my shopping on my way home from work. I pick up things for my in-laws so I don't have to take them later. We rarely go anywhere anymore that we don't have to. We don't have public transportation where we live. We have to drive to work. If someone I worked with lived close enough to me, I would share a ride. Unfortunately they all live in the opposite direction of where we work. I do drive a small car.
The grocery store where I shop has a bin so you can bring back the plastic shopping bags for recycling. I've thought about taking my own canvas bags, but with the amount of groceries I buy at one time, I can just imagine the looks I would get walking in with that many bags on my arm.
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From: lendube
Date: 05-05-2007, 01:33 PM (83 of 87)
Our county's average just hit $3.70. It costs me about $50.00 to fill up my little Nissan Frontier. No public transportation, a full tank to visit my Mom, grocery stores and shopping 1/2 hour (minimal choice) to 1 hour away. At least I've always lumped the errands together in one long day. That's nothing new.

It's rather depressing and Dorothy's right. Maybe a Prius is a good idea. I see so many on the road. Or those cars that run on used vegetable (or any) oil. There will be more alternatives all the time.

Lennie
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From: Judi
Date: 05-05-2007, 05:50 PM (84 of 87)
Yesterday $3.28 Today $3.56. and it's the same gas in their tank. Go Figure!
Judi

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From: kittykat
Date: 05-07-2007, 12:36 AM (85 of 87)
well here in washington state the north west corner it was 3.55 at least thats whatit was yesterday, who knows what it will be tommorro. our paper said here it raised 16 cents in one week. what next for us.
pat
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From: Pudge99
Date: 05-07-2007, 11:27 AM (86 of 87)
I guess I should count myself lucky. $2.75 yesterday and it only cost me $28 to fill up Hubby's Saturn. Now of course I cringe at the thought of filling up my van. It's gonna be close to $70. That lasts me two weeks if I don't need to go anywhere extra.
Gina
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From: bridesmom
Date: 05-07-2007, 08:31 PM (87 of 87)
Well, I'm really sorry people, but I win! Our gas today is $1.27/L or $4.80 per US gallon. It has gone insane here!!
If I didn't live in a hilly area I'd be taking my bicycle.
Laura
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