Cara's picture

How is your family dealing with these high gas prices?

Tell us how you and your family are making do with the increasing gas prices. Are you making alternate travel plans? Staying at home more? Your answers may be featured in a new slideshow on!

mominpink's picture

We have six kids so our main vehicle is a Suburban...too expensive!!! So we decided to go out and buy bikes for everyone, and a bike trailor for the baby to sit in. Now if we want to go out to eat or to the park, we go somewhere we can ride our bikes's great excercise too!

tamz's picture

I carpool with my boyfriend to work each day and take the bus home. My son has been using his "scooter" to get to his appointments. He's 20 years old and, since his job is less than a mile from home, he has been walking to work. When he has an appointment that is a few miles, he is on the scooter.

1SingleMom's picture

I live in the US and I used my stimulous check to buy a bicycle. Public transportation has a bike rack and I am going to get fit.

concerned mom's picture
concerned mom

We do most everything locally. My husband fortunately works close to home, so w/ that, we're lucky. When we have to travel, we use our car, rather than the van, which has much better gas mileage. We're planning a vacation this summer, though, and we'll be taking the van b/c we're transporting so much stuff. The trip is about 3 hrs there and back. We usually pack snacks and drinks for the road to avoid pit stops and any unnecessary out-of-the-way driving.

junieg's picture

I live in Britain where petrol prices are far higher than they are over there. We do not run a car as we think there is enough pollution already and we can use public transport, bikes, or walk.
The herion-like addiction to oil has caused almost as much wars and death as religion has.

Anna65's picture

We are "lucky people" and need only 7 minutes to drive to work, and for weekend use car about 2 hours for to enjoy in some favorite places.I walk every day with my kids, about 1 hour , for fun, is good for every one, and save money...

CM's picture

We live on a farm in western Canada. We don't have a lot of choices...we have no public transportation. Town (pop 800)is 5 miles away, but the services are limited. I try to shop local but the prices for many things in our town are exorbitant (try not cringing at paying almost $6 for a gallon of milk when your family drinks 5 to 6 gallons a week). Our church is 40 miles away as is our doctor, dentist, optometrist, hardware store and vet. As I said, we don't have a lot of choices, even the small city (pop <10,000) where these services are located, does not have public transport. We only go to church twice a month and coordinate that with a large grocery shop. If it is something I can plan (ie a regular Dr. check up) I plan on doing as much other running as I can, but on a farm unexpected things crop up, a repair cannot always wait for the next planned trip. So quite often you just fill the tank and pay the price.

Jothegrill's picture

My husband started rollerblading to work. He loves it! I take my kids on the bus when we have time and energy to spare. They love that too. We are very lucky in that we have free public transportation within the city.

concerned mom's picture
concerned mom

I just read an article in our local newspaper that refered to SUVs as dinosaurs close to extinction. People are trading in their SUVs for smaller vehicles b/c they can't afford the gas prices anymore. My dad recently drove across country in his car and said that our gas prices in NJ (almost $4/gallon) are nothing compared to prices in the Chicago area. I know by us, commuters who live in NY will buy gas in Jersey just b/c it's cheaper, but, in my opinion, we're not far behind. It's crazy!

joannmckean's picture

I live in CA where the prices are supposedly the highest. Today $4.55/gallon AVERAGE. It's higher in many places. We are staying home more. We are walking more. When we go we combine many activities into one long point-to-point trip in order to save gas. It's tough to have enough energy in oneself to do so much in one of these types of days, but it makes you too tired to shop and thus saves even more money for gas. I am off for the summer as school is closed until Aug. - then it will cost more to get to work, no eating lunch out, etc. I guess it encourages an interactive approach to all aspects of your life. One trip out. One trip back.