Crazy, Crazy Gas Prices

Gas prices. I don’t drive a lot, because I live in a small town where everything I need is within about a 10 mile radius. It’s nice, because I really only have to get gas when I go to class (about an hour and a half or so from where I live, every ¬†other month or so) or when I’ve driven a lot for one reason or another. This lack of distance driving has caused my car insurance to go down, which is nice.

But even the way gas prices are hurts quite a bit for someone like me. This past week, gas prices rose to basically $4 a gallon, a price that I really never, ever wanted to see. I remember it happening when I was in college, but somehow I dodged that bullet, because it topped out at about $4.30 a gallon, and then dropped, quite rapidly, to around $2.75. Now, I haven’t seen gas that low in a really, really long time, and, as you can see… it’s back up to $4 again, and I don’t think it’s going to plummet like it did back in… I think it was 2006? I can’t remember.

Political unrest, a bad economy, and a variety of other things can cause the gas prices to go up and down. This current increase in gas prices is likely due to inflation and the world economy being at an all-time low. Thankfully, I live in one of the states where there aren’t a whole ton of taxes on it (PA) but when I lived in the northern part of the state, I would drive through New York from time to time. And the gas prices? 30 or 40 cents higher. Yeah, you always got your gas in PA if you were expecting to go up to New York for anything.

One of the other things that I’ve done is invest my money in a motorized scooter (not a mo-ped… it doesn’t have pedals). I spent about $450 on it (including the title over to me; I bought it from a friend so it was really cheap), and since I bought it last summer, it totally paid for itself. I have filled my gas tank once since June; I’ve driven the moped more than the car this summer, and to not be filling my tank up? Best thing ever.

Also, I try not to drive when I can walk or carpool. Walking’s just plain good for you, and taking turns with people allows for all of us to save money on gas in the long run. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved in a carpool. Less money on gas? Best scenario.

What do you think about the sudden increase in gas costs? What are you doing in order to have it make less of an impact on your wallet? Or do you just kind of deal with the whole thing and go on with your life as you always have? Share some of your thoughts in the comments, have a great week, and we’ll see you back here next week!

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