That is the price for a gallon of fuel. Gas prices jumped 20 cents yesterday afternoon. A month ago, I was worried because gas had risen to $3.45. Now it’s 63 cents higher a gallon and I’m having a full-blown heart attack. I heard on the news this morning that experts are predicting fuel prices to rise to $5 and over this summer. When will the bleeding stop? The news report also said people are driving less but it won’t make a difference at the pump.
Every time I start to feel hopeful about the economy, something else comes along and slams me back down to reality. I’m beginning to feel like a hamster running on a wheel, never getting anywhere. I finally got a raise last December after going without one for three long years. Of course, as soon as I got the raise, gas prices started going up along with rising grocery prices. I can’t win!
Some days it just makes me want to stay in bed and not even try. What’s the point? I can’t get ahead of the rising costs. I’ve cut back on everything I can and live as frugally as possible. No wonder there are so many foreclosures and people going bankrupt. It’s not just that people don’t have the money; depression plays a huge role in it too. I think people are giving up on their dreams. I feel depressed every time I turn on the news.
I’m fortunate that I have a small car that gets 30 miles to the gallon and a short work commute so I only fill up about once every two weeks. My husband, however, has a longer commute and a truck that gets about 15 miles to the gallon. He is planning to ride his motorcycle to work when the weather gets a little warmer.
I’m tired of feeling depressed and hopeless so I am going to fight back. I normally drive to the Metro station about 20 minutes from my house and catch the train. I’m going to challenge myself to leave my car parked in the driveway and walk the mile and a half to the bus stop. Sure, it will take me longer to get to and from work but at the end of the day I’ll have a three mile walk done. This weekend I’m digging my bike out of the garage and dusting it off. I will become more self-reliant instead of always driving the car.
While I know that my fuel purchases are not even a half a drop in the bucket to the big oil companies, whatever I save from walking or biking will have a huge impact on me. Maybe not so much money wise but mentally and emotionally, I will feel better knowing that I am doing something to make a change. I may not be able to make a difference at the pumps, but here’s hoping for change!