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Food and gas prices, what are your thoughts. - April 24, 2008, 10:16 AM

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going through the roof.

anyone effected?
i hear on the news that people put less food on the table for their kids due to gas..i know news blows shit up but when they were showing the clip the guy had a f350 at the pump. seriously some people need to swallow their cowboy pride and buy a $1500 civic.
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April 24, 2008, 10:19 AM

Ehhh. America is full of too many fatso's anyway. Economically forced diets are a good thing.
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Ehhh. America is full of too many fatso's anyway. Economically forced diets are a good thing.
No soup for you.

This is a GREAT thread. The current economic situation has effected me in a few ways.

First and formost on a business level. I have been in the flooring business for 21+ years and I have never seen it this slow. The housing market has dried up and my new home builders are laying off daily, so that business has completely disapeared. Commercial building projects, which in the company I work for I specialize in, are cut throat right now since every little Mom & Pop shop is trying to go after anything they can and are willing to do very large jobs for just a few thousand dollars profit just to stay in business. It makes it harder on the larger companies to be sure since we employ 30+ people and have a large payroll and overhead. Regionally I am seeing about 4 carpet companies a week go out of business right now. Our carpet & rug cleaning division is down, but doing well. What is odd, as I have seen poor economic times before, but when houses arent selling, people usually spend money on making the house they are in now look nicer. Not this time though. People are just not spending money at all right now, so my residential business is way off.

On a personal level, I drive a Dodge 2500 Cummings Diesel to and from my office and to job sites. With Diesel at $4.50 is a gallon I have been spending between $600 & $800 or more a month on fuel, so Tuesday I went out and bought a little used 2007 Ford Focus which is supposed to get about 30 MPG Highway. Wierd part is it pays for itself in savings. So for the first time in my life it is cheaper to own more cars


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April 24, 2008, 10:53 AM

Don't eat out. Rice. Potatoes. Fresh veggies. Poultry. Tuna. Fruit for dessert and snacks. It ain't pretty, but it's better for you and will save you tons of cash over the long haul.

I think I caught a glimpse of a cnn story on Starbucks tanking. Yeah, your daily double dry extra sweet fizzlenut crapuccino w/ whippets just got cut from the budget.


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April 24, 2008, 10:59 AM

That is actually what I find the most ridiculous out of all of this... Diesel should NEVER be more expensive than regular gas!!


As for the food- a lot of it is coming from all the subsidized farmers on the Ethanol bandwagon. Ethanol is not the answer, especially if we're going to try to make it from corn. There isn't enough land in this country to grow the corn that we would need to satisfy our dependence on oil.
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April 24, 2008, 11:12 AM

Reminds me of a saying that I heard.
"Those that control your food, control you".

The US has been reducing farmlands for so long now that a great deal of our supply is imported. 20 years from now will be interesting to see which direction we go as a nation.
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April 24, 2008, 11:30 AM

the gas prices haven't really affected me, i either walk, ride my bicycle or take the metro and been doing more of that lately. i hate driving, and i'm glad the gas prices are going up so maybe it will motivate people on an individual level to make smarter decisions about which car to buy, how to use resources and stop being so wasteful.

i am extremely worried about the widespread ramifications to our economy and industries... we are not equipped to deal with this kind of rapid increase and we (gov, financial institutions) are already stretched so thin, it might get to a point where there won't be anyone to bail us out. so i just hope that change can come more rapidly. ..


as for food? it's all tied together as oil rises and ethanol rises so too does food prices. maybe i should start farming my backyard. ..
but i'm lucky i only have to support myself and i don't eat much so the food thing isn't much of an issue. but when i did go to the grocery store last, the bill was about $50 higher than is used to be for the same items.

but the thing i'm most concerned about is the job market... if people can't keep jobs then we are really SOL.. i'm just getting out of grad school and i have jobs lined up but i'm worried about the possibility of not being able to keep it, then having nothing to pay back student loans with.


on the whole i'm very concerned..


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on the whole i'm very concerned..
That pretty much sums up my position.


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April 24, 2008, 11:50 AM

It's all very concerning and will most likely get worse before it gets better. There are many reasons why we're in this mess and alot of things that people can do to help themselves in these dismal times.

Basically, it's been all cozy here for a long time and it has lulled everyone to sleep. People need to wake up...or the nightmare is only beginning.



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anyone think maybe the War had a big effect on the situation we are at now?

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April 24, 2008, 12:03 PM

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Don't eat out. Rice. Potatoes. Fresh veggies. Poultry. Tuna. Fruit for dessert and snacks. It ain't pretty, but it's better for you and will save you tons of cash over the long haul.

I think I caught a glimpse of a cnn story on Starbucks tanking. Yeah, your daily double dry extra sweet fizzlenut crapuccino w/ whippets just got cut from the budget.
+1
I completetly agree. I used to buy my lunch at work maybe 3 times a week, for roughly $7. I put a stop to that once I realized how much it was after adding it all up. A planned out trip to the grocery store (getting what you actually need) has helped me tremendously. I always try to plan out lunch the night before, that way if i'm running late in the morning I have no excuse to say 'screw it, i'll buy lunch today'

a cook book has been a good investment too!




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I need food to eat, i need gas to make my vehicles go. It sucks that i have to pay more for the same things... it hasnt hit hard at the home front yet.. my job just got a 5 year contract renewal. so im not as concerned as some other folks may be.

am i pissed about it. yep!


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April 24, 2008, 12:20 PM

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the gas prices haven't really affected me, i either walk, ride my bicycle or take the metro and been doing more of that lately. i hate driving, and i'm glad the gas prices are going up so maybe it will motivate people on an individual level to make smarter decisions about which car to buy, how to use resources and stop being so wasteful.............

on the whole i'm very concerned..

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I've always been somewhat thrifty... no starbucks (I really don't like it), eat lunch at home, live 3 miles from work, buy things on clearance, use coupons for groceries, and always looking to save or invest money. My downfalls are vacations (which I have not cut back on), eating out (until my stomach couldn't handle the rich foods-lol) and a toy-freak husband.

Overall, my lifestyle hasn't changed much, but I am concerned. This morning on the news I saw the "food shortage" in the US report. Seriously, why?! There is no food shortage in the US, maybe we should just stop throwing away so much food and stop serving family size portions at restaurants.


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I completetly agree. I used to buy my lunch at work maybe 3 times a week, for roughly $7. I put a stop to that once I realized how much it was after adding it all up. A planned out trip to the grocery store (getting what you actually need) has helped me tremendously. I always try to plan out lunch the night before, that way if i'm running late in the morning I have no excuse to say 'screw it, i'll buy lunch today'

a cook book has been a good investment too!
I always bring lunch to work as it does save me some $$'s and I only eat out for lunch once a week usually on a Friday. I usually pay around $25 for a full tank of gas on my Corolla now its more like $35+. I really need to start taking my bike to work with gas price's on the rise. Btw "Costco" is my friend.


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The higher gas prices and cost of living in general are painful like a bad pair of shoes. They follow you around all day, and occasionally you can forget how much they hurt, but every now and then (when you NEED that money) they create a blister that hurts enough to make you want to scream... Similarly, it's not like you can do anything WITHOUT your shoes... so you're stuck with it.

I feel like I'm slowly doggy paddling through the economy. I'm getting small raises. I'm saving like there's a LONG tomorrow (my retirement is looking good). But my investments are showing NEGATIVE growth. Considering my years in the workforce, I can't seem to afford many of the things I think I SHOULD be able to afford by now.

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