Gas prices just will not stop going up. According to AAA gas prices are up nearly 21% from a year ago and 9.7% over the past month. There were several news articles this weekend about how gas prices have affected people’s everyday lives and their vacation plans. A report also came out that said that Americans drove 11 BILLION less miles in the month of March than last year!!!
This chart from http://zfacts.com/p/35.html is fascinating to see how world events have affected the price of oil (note: this chart is converted to look at all these events in history in today’s dollar)
So we see the financial impact of the cost of oil ripples across our lives, food prices have gone up, even the cost of public transportation has gone up as a result of oil prices. Even independent truckers are selling their rigs and getting different jobs so that they do not have to pay for gas because they are not able to make a profit. How can we make changes in our lives to save money…
- Craigslist (http://www.craigslist.com) now has a section for rideshares. Many of the posts are people looking for carpooling options Mon. – Fri.
- Ridester (http://www.ridester.com) looks like a new website but it has the infrastructure to easily find the ride you are looking for.
- Google, just search carpooling or rideshare with the region you live in and you will find a regional board of postings for carpooling. I found several in the western states and cities.
Other modes of transportation:
- Walk to you local stores, library, park, pharmacy..etc. The exercise will do you good too.
- Bike to all the same places listed above. You can probably ride your bike alot faster than you can walk so the distance you can go to get what you need greatly increases.
- Bus, train, subway…etc. There are far more bus routes than you think. I live in a suburban area but I can get to the closest big mall by taking a bus. It may not be the most convenient thing but it is possible for me to do.
While this is all easier said than done if you can figure out a way to not drive your car one day of the week every week it will be like not driving for almost two months a year… you would save alot of money.