I fell asleep on the couch last night with the TV on and awoke to the Today show.
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For gas. You know. Dead dinosaurs.
I know you thought that price was for well aged wine. Or blood. Or gold juice.
Nope, we are talking about that funny smelling substance (which I secretly love to sniff) which makes the car go vroom, vroom.
Have I mentioned I drive a very large Ford SUV? That I average 13.9 miles to the gallon which is mostly highway driving?
That tax windfall I mentioned on the last post? Nodding my head. Yep, we all know where that's going.
Just doing some rudimentary math (Do you smell the smoke coming from my ears and see my crossed eyes?), it takes me 4.5 gallons of gas when I take the kids daily to swim practice and go home in between.
That's approx. 60 miles total.
$22.50 each swim practice.
At six days a week, we are talking $585 a month on gas next summer just for our swim practices and that doesn't include rec swimming in the morning during summer so double that to $1170...
...or grocery shopping trips, or errands, or swim meets, or dates with CG (ha!) or ever leaving the house again. Since we live no where near those amenities, let's triple that.
And let's not forget CG has an even longer commute for classes in the evenings to get that shiny MBA.
I'm guessing $1500 a month in gas next summer if it hits $5.
We are so screwed.
This means I won't be making that drive home in between-- I will be staying put--to save us $3500 per year--unless we put those taxes toward that?!
Or maybe we'll buy us a Volkswagen bus for commuting with that $5000 bucks. Do they get good gas mileage? Can you see this Republican soccer mom driving a Scooby van?
When you have three kids with huge swim bags, gear bags, backpacks from school and the need to change in the car on the way to practice, you are limited to a larger vehicle. Yet, last I checked, those large vehicles are gas whores.
At least CG works from home, if we had his commute when we lived in California (up to 2 hours driving each way), we'd be bankrupt.
I feel for you people with that type of job commute.
These gas prices are going to eat us all alive.