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Already have 28 34.15%
$4 - $5 2 2.44%
$5 - $6 19 23.17%
$6+ 22 26.83%
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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 04-04-2011, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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At what price for gas do you make a change in lifestyle?

Noticed it took almost $20 to fill the bike last night. Just wondering at what price would you start making major changes in your lifestyle i.e. bicycling, buying a hybrid, public transportation, not driving anywhere, cutting out all unnecessary expenses etc..


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Already have. It depends on other things, but typically as soon as it hits around $3.50 for me.

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I have skipped some of the WORS races the last few years because of the expense and time wasted to drive there. Other than that nothing really, and not planning on it. I will ride my bicycle more this year to work, but that is mainly for fitness. The gas savings is just gravy.

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As soon as the weather break I will be riding the motorcycle to work. F paying over $4 a gallon.
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ive cut back on driving more, I try and combine trips as much as possible. Ive also slowed down while driving and have really seen improvements from doing that, where i used to clip along in the left lant at 65-70 ill sit in teh right lane at 55-60 and have seen a couple mpg jump tank to tank and it really doesnt take me much longer to get where im going anyways

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^^an argument can be made once more for that ridiculous 55mph speed limit

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I've been cutting expenses, doing a semi-annual review every year since gas hit $1.50 or so. Like Pilot said, combining and optimizing trips, using the bike rather than the car, deciding whether the trip is worth it or not, etc.

I found that the review helps me cut out expenses for things I'm not using as well. Extra cell phones, extra features on phones/phone lines, cable, etc. Using CFL's where I can, timers/motion detectors on lights, and all that have cut at least $100/mo from expenses in the last 18 months.

Of course, it's all going into energy costs for gas

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I figure once it gets over 6 bucks I will start riding the bike to work again- that tahoe sucks the gas, and the gas guage is broken too!

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Already have back around the $2.50 era. I used to make a lot more useless multiple trips out to the store or errands but I've become accustomed to thinking about my route, priority of errands and planning ahead as well as consolidating trips as much as possible. Basically if I can hold off on something to consolidate with another plan I will.
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I figure once it gets over 6 bucks I will start riding the bike to work again- that tahoe sucks the gas, and the gas guage is broken too!
I dumped $73 into my tank on Sunday

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Got the bike for 2 reason, 1) Love riding & 2) The gas prices of driving my gas guzzlin' suv from downtown to Naperville (where my office is) are killing me.
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Got the bike for 2 reason, 1) Love riding & 2) The gas prices of driving my gas guzzlin' suv from downtown to Naperville (where my office is) are killing me.
When i run the math, a bike never pays back on gas. But it does save money once you consider owning/insuring/maintaining the bike a sunk cost.

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When i run the math, a bike never pays back on gas. But it does save money once you consider owning/insuring/maintaining the bike a sunk cost.
You can't put a price on the pleasure and enjoyment though...
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I dumped $73 into my tank on Sunday
Thats chump change. I tossed in about $150. But I did trailer too and from Blackhawk. LOL
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I drive a lot for work, and that is not adjustable regardless of the prices. All it means is that i have less money for other things.

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I'm not directly effected by the gas prices, i have a Company car, and as long as I travel for work/or kind work related, they pay for it.
Since there are a few people with the same perks in my department the overall profit goes down with the money we spend on gas, which makes it harder for me to get a bonus...

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I spend $120 on gas every other weekend. not much i can do about the price of gas except flinch and pay for it.

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I'm shopping for a bigger truck right now LOL

people will be outraged when the media tells them to be outraged. They were going nuts when gas was in the mid 3's 2 years ago. cause it jumped from the high 1's low 2's. then it settled in the high 2's now when it jumps it doesn't hurt as much. the media will be all over it when it gets over 4 in the burbs. then when it settles back down to the low 3's it will seem like relief and people will forget about it. then in 2 years it will ratchet up to five, people will get outraged then it will settle into the low 4's and people will calm down. it's just corporate greed and the saudis making millions because they can. we also have a week president who cant seem to stand up to the saudis and say, "This is what we will pay", "take it or GTFO!

I call it the ratcheting effect. Porn stars would probably have a different name for it, something about being able to handle a larger and larger cawk in the A$$.




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people will be outraged when the media tells them to be outraged. They were going nuts when gas was in the mid 3's 2 years ago. cause it jumped from the high 1's low 2's. then it settled in the high 2's now when it jumps it doesn't hurt as much. the media will be all over it when it gets over 4 in the burbs. then when it settles back down to the low 3's it will seem like relief and people will forget about it. then in 2 years it will ratchet up to five, people will get outraged then it will settle into the low 4's and people will calm down. it's just corporate greed and the saudis making millions because they can. we also have a week president who cant seem to stand up to the saudis and say, "This is what we will pay", "take it or GTFO!

I call it the ratcheting effect. Porn stars would probably have a different name for it, something about being able to handle a larger and larger cawk in the A$$.
This week president you speak of....


Its capitalism - we are still cheaper than other countries at least for now. They have a limited resource, we want it, we pay for it. What is wrong with that?

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This week president you speak of....


Its capitalism - we are still cheaper than other countries at least for now. They have a limited resource, we want it, we pay for it. What is wrong with that?
I wish he was only president for a week.

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Our public transportation system all across the nation is fucked so we really do not have the option like many other countries. I don't think the justification "it's still cheaper than x country" is really valid in this case. Pretty soon it won't be cheaper here than anywhere else and that's when the shit will hit the fan imo.


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I don't think the justification "it's still cheaper than x country" is really valid in this case.
That is not a justification - its a fact (the last time i checked) I am not sure how a fact isn't relevant.

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That is not a justification - its a fact (the last time i checked) I am not sure how a fact isn't relevant.
Dont most of these other countries you speak of pay the same amount for a barrel of oil? They VAT tax the shit out of it because they can - just like we will be doing in the not to distant future.

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Its capitalism - we are still cheaper than other countries at least for now. They have a limited resource, we want it, we pay for it. What is wrong with that?
Opec is a cartel, oil is a commodity, therefore should adjust to the laws of supply and demand. it does not, demand is actually down right now especially with Japan in ruins. Supply is fine, except that opec decides when they want supply to go up and down by throttling the spigot to keep prices where THEY want it. that is not capitalism.. of course if our president had any balls, he would just let companies drill here. but yet he has only approved one drilling permit, and that one was for a well that was already started, but was pulled when the leak in the gulf opened up. Then we wouldn't be dependent on opec and it would be amazing how fast they would be opening the spigot to give us cheap oil.




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Opec is a cartel, oil is a commodity, therefore should adjust to the laws of supply and demand. it does not, demand is actually down right now especially with Japan in ruins. Supply is fine, except that opec decides when they want supply to go up and down by throttling the spigot to keep prices where THEY want it. that is not capitalism.. of course if our president had any balls, he would just let companies drill here. but yet he has only approved one drilling permit, and that one was for a well that was already started, but was pulled when the leak in the gulf opened up. Then we wouldn't be dependent on opec and it would be amazing how fast they would be opening the spigot to give us cheap oil.
It won't adjust since a cartel is a monopoly (just there are multiple groups acting in an orchestrated fashion). Actually sounds just like capitalism.

What would you do if it was your oil?

As for the president not allowing oil drilling thats a strategic/political maneuver that I don't disagree with.

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