I'm hating fuel prices right now... pretty much anything that's a staple in life is sky rocketing. I have my own take on it... and I'm prett sure others are on this wagon with me. But it's kind of funny how the housing market crashed, b/c people were buying places on speculation, and then the Fuel prices start soaring. Let's face it. the Dooche bags that were in the housing market are now running the fuel market. It's these dam pencil sharpening investment firms. They should be locked up. what they are doing is market manipulation and are getting away with it. Kind of funny how the FTC isn't on this... they make some press statement for the newspapers that oil will be $900/barrel in 3 months... bla bla... they keep pushing the issue. But guess what??? All things that boom, go bust. But I will admit they latched onto a good product... the consumption/sales are pretty steady and needed. however, there will be a bust point, just like housing market did. you don't see houses today at $1million dollars... b/c they were $700k the year before... But this doozy that we're in is going to take some real work to make it go bust.. but it will. WE as americans need to work extra hard to screw THEM back.
-Make the most out of trips. think ahead in terms of stops, supply needs etc. Shop for food every 2-4 wk intervals vs 1wk intervals. Make stops on your way home from work while the car is at operating temp and efficient.
-Budget cuts. Make budget cuts from whatever you can/want. Basic cable, or even NO CABLE! Cut out Sodas and beer. I'm drinking stictly water & coffee now. It's cheaper and better for you. I even down graded from Brand name coffee to store brand coffee; can't tell the difference and it's half price. I even stopped eating at fast food places almost all together.. yet again.. better for my health and saves money and gas. Pack your lunch to work. You save on the gas and the food bill.
-Drive slower, less and don't use a/c around town. inflate them thur tires up to spec when cold in the morning before pulling out of the driveway and check them 1x week.
-Run your A/C at home a few degrees warmer this summer. or don't run it at all. opt for open windows and a box fan to pull current through the home. I'm opting for no A/C this summer. that will def save.
I'm sure there are more things we can do... just overall be cheap.