How are you dealing with rising gas prices?

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Wes Moss just mentioned rising oil prices as part of “The Dirty Dozen” in his blog this morning. And the costs continue to creep up.

Although I try to check for the lowest prices in my area through our Atlanta gas map, there’s only so much one can do. At what point do you start pulling money from other parts of your budget to battle gas costs?

How are you dealing with rising gas prices? Will your strategy change if gas hits $4 a gallon?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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John

April 11th, 2011
3:16 pm

A gallon jug and 4ft of garden hose. The secret is to just syphon a little bit from each neighbor and they won’t even notice.

Thanks media!

April 11th, 2011
3:18 pm

with every article that is written about the rising gas prices expectations levels are set and the oil companies are only too happy to make $4.00 a gallon and ultimately $5.00 a gallon a reality. I just don’t understand (really I do – but just for argument sake) why the powers that be in Washington who absolutely LOVE to hold a hearing on everything under the sun do not have hearings about the speculative nature of crude oil.

I am constantly amazed at how gas prices go down 3-4 cents and then shoot up 12 cents between when I start my drive to work and when I return home. Crude goes up – so does my price at the pump – normally about 12 cents a gallon. Crude goes down – so does my price – normally 3 cents a gallon.

Just go ahead, get it over with and get it to $5.00 so we can be done with it. It is just a matter of time.

dawgh8er4ever

April 11th, 2011
3:31 pm

this is absolutely nuts the way gas is right now!

LeMarcus

April 11th, 2011
3:41 pm

You know I like to go around the parking lot at night at my apartment complex where I live at and suck out that gas wherever I can find it.

I like to do that ever time gas prices get real high so I can still afford to take my old lady out to eat.

It save me a ton of money.

A TON!!!

Times is tough! I do what I got to do to survive and take whatever I need to live. Let the haters hate!

Brian Carr

April 11th, 2011
3:41 pm

The Clean Air Campaign is keeping an eye on gas prices like the rest of metro Atlanta commuters, and we are wondering whether $4-a-gallon gas will be the tipping point that motivates more commuters to start using alternatives to driving alone, just as in 2008. It does feel like deja-vu all over again in the sense that price volatility is creating financial pain at the pump. The best way to insulate yourself from these extremes in the price of gas is to drive less. The Clean Air Campaign has resources to make it easy to start carpooling, vanpooling, riding transit, bicycling – or even walking – to and from work. More than 1,600 employers in the region are offering Clean Air Campaign programs, in part to help employees cope with the high cost of gas. Give us a call or visit our website to find out if your employer offers programs and get ideas on how to change your commute. 1-877-CLEANAIR, http://www.CleanAirCampaign.org

Danielle

April 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

I’ve been taking MARTA to and from work since 2007. It saves me money at the pump, prevents wear and tear on my car, and allows me to save time by avoiding those notorious traffic jams. Plus, I arrive at work stress free instead of frustrated after a crazy commute in. And, my company covers the cost of my MARTA card so there’s no extra expense for my train rides. I also get a little more exercise daily by walking to and from the MARTA station and through their parking lot.

Darko

April 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

“… I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car…” Peggy Johnson, Oct. 2008 on Obama. Wonder what she’s thinking now?

Darko

April 11th, 2011
4:04 pm

Sorry, Peggy Joseph, not Johnson.

DB

April 11th, 2011
4:05 pm

Please add “Shopping for a more fuel efficient car” to your survey. That is what I did on the last price run-up and am glad I did. 48 MPG hurts a lot less.

Ole Guy

April 11th, 2011
6:06 pm

Danielle, you’ve got the most responsible answer thus far…adapt and adjust to the situation. I, to, take MARTA to/from the aerodrome every roadtrip. It adds about 20 to 40 minutes over driving, but MARTA just makes too much sense. You idiots who seem to think that being a leech on society by way of siphoning from your neighbors is any sort of an answer (even if you claim “just kidding”) are indicative of the source of the problems we face.

Frugalady

April 11th, 2011
6:21 pm

The actual gasoline you put in your car is only one effect. Anything that needs to be transported (i.e., *everything* else you buy) will be more expensive. The only way solution is to consume less.

Exwvgirl

April 11th, 2011
6:30 pm

My husband bought a motorcycle last time the gas went up and now we “bike pool” to work – not eligible for Clean Air Campaign as far as I can see but 40+ mpg is a lot better than a car or truck!

jarvis

April 12th, 2011
9:09 am

Ole Guy it was clearly a joke. Get the-stick-outta-yer-ass.

jarvis

April 12th, 2011
9:12 am

MARTA stinks.

My commute neither starts nor finishes in Dekalb or Fulton. That rail system was outgrown by this city 25 years ago.

Patrick

April 12th, 2011
12:36 pm

Ever since I went back to driving from Carrollton to Norcross every day to get to and from work a little over 2 years ago, I’ve been using a Wal-Mart gift card to pay for my gas. Just pump the gas at the gas station in front of the Wal-Mart, use the gift card, and pay 3 cents less per gallon than I would if I paid with cash or credit card.

Mike Mathiesen

April 12th, 2011
2:12 pm

Just Published Video on How to Cut your Gasoline Costs in just a few days. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtkY_rC5SdI

Jennifer

April 12th, 2011
2:31 pm

I take advantage of the mileage my employer pays me. If I have to go to the post office, grocery store, Walmart, etc., I do it on my way to or from meeting with clients.

I add up all the time I’ve spent on my errands and count it as a lunch break, so I’m not cheating my company out of anything. They pay me the mileage anyway.

SPEAKING OUT

April 13th, 2011
2:59 pm

If you’re interested in learning how to get free gas AND groceries, just email me at freegroceries@comcast.net and I’ll tell you how.

Jimmy Jam

April 14th, 2011
8:00 am

It does not bother me one bit, I drive my 6 cylinder Maxima to work one day a week and take Marta 2 to 3 days a week depending on the weather. If the weather is nice I ride my Kawasaki Ninja 2 to 3 days per week. So right now I fill up my Maxima about 1.5 times per month and my Kawasaki 2.5 times per month for less than one Maxima fill-up. So with Marta $34 for 20 rides, the Ninja and cutting back on the car, my transportation cost is still under $100 per month. So no problem for me at all, but I love to hear my co-workers complain about it but not willing to do anything about it, just like Republicans!

Kate

April 14th, 2011
10:32 pm

I’m going as few places as possible and being strategic about my trips. Also buying online more. I figure the only way to get prices down is not to use it.

Kate

April 14th, 2011
10:39 pm

As far as the siphoners, at least some are doing it. I have a truck that I don’t drive much, it had 3/4 tank. I took it on a short drive. Next time a little over a1/4 tank. Bought a locking gas cap. No more problem.