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How many weeks can you make it with $5 gas and $5 milk?

 
Anonymous Coward
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10/06/2012 05:01 PM
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Re: How many weeks can you make it with $5 gas and $5 milk?
Americans live in a bubble of consumption. We're taught to be this way from birth. If you live outside of the bubble, try not be too condescending to American ignorance. It's really not our fault. We've grown too used to a reality which is supported by slave-labor and cheap fuel subsidized by war.

There's a full-court press to keep Americans in ignorance, and to be honest, it's not going to be easy to break out of it.
LindaE

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10/06/2012 05:09 PM
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Re: How many weeks can you make it with $5 gas and $5 milk?
My husband is retired, and I work part-time about 8 miles from home (3 days a week) so the gas part isn't gonna be too bad. I hate milk, but hubby is a milk baby, so our food costs will rise.

It's our daughter, (with two growing kids) and a single mother to boot, who worries us. She works hard, budgets well, but the gas prices would kill her and the milk would just add to that. We already help out, and will increase our aid, but she'll hate that. She's very independent.

Still, we'll do what we need to for as long as we can. I know any number at work who may have to quit due to the distances that they have to drive.

We'll continue to garden and are already working to get our winter garden going. We also have a greenhouse, and are working on what plants to put in there that will provide the best bang for the buck (or the square footage).

Should be an 'interesting' season.bump
PravdaDemocrat

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10/06/2012 05:14 PM
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Re: How many weeks can you make it with $5 gas and $5 milk?
Okay, you pull up to the pump and it costs you $60 or $80 to fill up. It hurts like hell but you do it. But how may weeks can you keep doing this?

As gas and diesel go up, it increases food costs (plus the summer drought will be raisng prices.)

So what's you're breaking point. Any answer you give is the correct answer. Maybe you're screwed in 2-3 weeks. Or maybe you're good for a year.

Wild card: As more people go bust due to gas and food prices, more businesses suffer and lay people off. Do you risk getting laid off.

Double wildcard: Everyone's taxes are going up starting January 1st because the Bush tax cuts expire. IOW, you will have less take home starting in January.
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Gas here jumped $.40 cents overnight Thursday. Filling uo Friday, that's an extra $17 I won't be spending on going out to eat.

That's $17 I won't be spending to see a movie
That's $17 I won't be spending to buy the wife some flowers.
That's $17 I won't be saving for retirement
That's $17 I won't be spending to buy something useless on EBAY
That's $17 I won't be spending on my kid.
That's $17 I won't be reinvesting in my business, etc, etc, adn....
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10/06/2012 05:20 PM
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Re: How many weeks can you make it with $5 gas and $5 milk?
Milk is for calfs not Humans

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