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Well, for the month of April my wife and I spent nearly $600 for gasoline for my truck and her CRV. That is nearly 3 times what we spend on food! It appears it is only going to get worse with gas going to possibly $4 a gallon in some places according to CNN. Since misery loves company, lets hear what everyone else spends on gas a month :mad:

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at this rate,our gas bill could reach $80 a month,including gas for the boat:mad:
the wife may have to start walking to work,which should save 5 bucks a month:)
 

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I drive 180 miles each day, round trip 4 days a week,so you can only imagine...:(
 

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I was spending $150 week myself (not including wife) driving my 4X4 truck to work. I just bought a 1998 Ford Escort 2.0 4 cylinder, 5 speed that gets 36 miles per gallon and am down to about $70! Best thing is I bought the car from a nice lady I used to work with - she bought it new and garaged it, 68,000 miles, new brakes, all records, and she even paid $100 for a shop to go through it. They found noting other than some moisture in the break fluid.

$1250:) It is going to pay for itself very fast!!!
 

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Yeah, that may have to be the way I go. I am currently driving my 4X4 and I fill up every 4 days at around $65 a fill up. I had been carpooling, but my coworker has had to do stuff after work, so I have been driving myself. Looks like this Summer will consist of me staying around the house and not doing much traveling.

The strangest thing though is that I read Americans are using more gas at the current price than we were at $2.50! It is hard to tell where this will ever stop.

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I try not to pay very close attention to my gasoline bills because I will only get depressed.:rolleyes: I would say that based on our average annual mileage we are probably spending around $250/month for both of our vehicles combined at the current prices. Of course that could go up another $50-70 if the prices hit what they are warning.:(

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By doing the math if you are putting $600/month into your tanks then you are driving a major number of miles. I don't know the MPG that you are getting but it would probably mean you are driving nearly 40K miles a year combined? If that is the case then I would say that you would be able to justify buying a small economy vehicle for whichever is driving most of those miles. I would think you could probably save more than $200/month or so with an economy car. In the long run you would be better off as you would save the mileage on your original vehicles. At those miles you will be buying new vehicles every few years as well and that option would mean that you may not have to purchase a new truck or CRV in a few years. Just a thought.
 

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I was spending $150 week myself (not including wife) driving my 4X4 truck to work. I just bought a 1998 Ford Escort 2.0 4 cylinder, 5 speed that gets 36 miles per gallon and am down to about $70! Best thing is I bought the car from a nice lady I used to work with - she bought it new and garaged it, 68,000 miles, new brakes, all records, and she even paid $100 for a shop to go through it. They found noting other than some moisture in the break fluid.

$1250:) It is going to pay for itself very fast!!!
I hadn't read this before posting my prior post. That is exactly what I was saying.;) i am sure you will like the fact that the 4X4 will last you a few more years. I bet it cost you a bit more than the $1,250 Escort.;):D
 

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Yeah, travel 350 miles a week for work and my wife travesl about 300 a week. That is just for work, plus all the extra traveling we do for church, recreation, etc. Like I said, I had been carpooling, but that isn't an option at this time.

Yeah, if gas stays at this price (or higher) then an economy car will have to be a purchase. I realize running onto a deal like fish got is slim, but hopefully I can buy something. I have researched it before and with the payment, insurance, gas for that car and the truck, it really didn't pay off. I am also completely illiterate when it comes to mechanics, so I worry about buying a beater car then having it cost me an arm and a leg to fix it every few months. I will have to put some time and effort into it and see what I can do.

Good luck all with dealing with the costs. It doesn't appear we are going to get any help from politicians.

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bkr - that was definately the other part of the thought process; I bought the truck new in November 2003 and it already has over 90,000 miles on it. I figured it would be driven into the ground in 4-5 more years. Hopefully I can keep a little travel car like the escort around & get 10+ years out of the truck as a tow & snow vehicle.
 

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I got rid of my truck and purchased a mid-sized car. Between gas savings and cost of the vehicle it will save me over 300.00 a month at 3.00 a gallon which were already lookin at. I remembered back to last year how I dreaded filling that 30 gallon tank about 4.5 times a month. So far I have been driving this car for 2 weeks and only had to put gas in it one time (first tank was free) and still have a quarter left.

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Getting rid of my truck is not an option. It is a needed tool for many of the things I do around my property. Yes, it would save me a lot of money, but it would put me in a bind.

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We took our yearly trip to Ky Lake from n/w PA again a few weeks ago. Pulled my boat with my Caprice,V-8 with towing package. Cost me $283 for gas, round trip. 3 years ago, same trip same car, $130. Last year, $215. Next year i may not be able to afford to make the trip.:( Cost almost as much for gas as it did lodging.
 

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I have researched it before and with the payment, insurance, gas for that car and the truck, it really didn't pay off.
Don't forget to include in your analysis what the cost will be to replace the truck versus replacing a small car. by being able to drive the truck approximately 15K miles less a year may more than double the life of the vehicle. I realize the other costs that you listed are immediate costs but the new truck every 6-7 years would be a lot more painful than an economy car.
 

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I have three vehicals to fuel every week. A van for work, and pickup for another job I do and my wifes car. Between the three we spend about $140 a week or so......:( That's alot of ones monthly budget. I seriously don't know how some people make it.Some are not. THE CATKING !!!
 

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I bought a nice little used Escort from Steel Cranium here on OGF.
About 35 mpg.
If I didnt go this route I would have to quit my job of 16 years and find something much closer!
 

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My wife and I have SUV's. Our gas bill runs around $500/mo now. I am in the process of buying a business in the Akron area which will add another 1600 miles a month to my cost...some can run through the business, but my gas bill will jump to around $800/mo. I need to buy a moped and leave early!! :D
 

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This keeps getting worse every year and some gov official or politician always pops up and says they are going to investigate and blah blah blah n the oil barons report another record quarter and nothing happens at the pump. While some solutions like the veggie oil sound good I'd bet my favorite rod that as soon as the resurant owners or their corporate masters realize their is a possible demand for used oil that it wont be "free" for very long either, or if the oil barons feel that its cutting into thier profits for that matter. We are a traveling society and they know it, supply and demand, we want/need the "supply" and they demand a premium and IMHO it wont matter if its crude oil, used cooking oil, ethanol, rosie o's used thongs or electricity.
They have it and we want it and they know it.
 
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