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What is the first luxury you give up when gas prices get too high?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 4, 2007

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Photo of Erin Parmelee

“I’m giving up my Porsche. I have a company car, too, and I don’t need them both.”

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“Shoes and hats. They’re the most expensive items I buy regularly that I can do without.”

Photo of Sunny Lee

“Going out to the bars. It’s so much cheaper to go to the liquor store, so I just buy it there and invite friends over to the house.”

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“I just give up driving and make someone else drive.”


Aileen Dingus 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm with you Jonas. Lawrence is small enough and I live close enough to, well, everything. Time to brush off the Purple Menace and try to remember how to ride a bike.

jonas 10 years, 5 months ago

"We need you to rise and shine with the rest of us"

hrrrkk. . . coughcoughcough

grilled_cheese 10 years, 5 months ago

Chad is the true embodyment of the American spirit! Bravo!

Linda Aikins 10 years, 5 months ago

NO NO R_I! NOT THE VIAGRA!!! We need you to rise and shine with us! ;)

Give up my Porsche? I hope she was kidding, dahling.

bmwjhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

I give up talking about how cheap gas is.

Sigmund 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm going to reduce the amount of taxes I pay.

Flap Doodle 10 years, 5 months ago

I've had to delay buying a new pleather gladiator outfit.

H_Lecter 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm not driving to Europe this Summer

p> maps get directions from: new york, new york to: paris, france

(go to line 23)

Bladerunner 10 years, 5 months ago

Whats up with the guy giving up hats and shoes? That's the same answer my girlfriend gave! I wonder.....all shoes or just pumps? LOL

acg 10 years, 5 months ago

Well I'm addicted to books. I have hundreds of them and they cover every surface in our study and so when money gets tight I stop buying them and just check them out of the library instead, which totally sucks because I'm a book addict and sometimes I like to read it over and over again and sometimes I want to lend it out and then other times I'm just comforted to know that they're there. Oh, yeah and I cut back on my weed consumption a little, too. ; )

sunflower_sue 10 years, 5 months ago

acg, I have tons of dandilions in my yard and I hear they make a pretty good salad. You can have at 'em. Heck, I probably have enough weeds to feed an army!

RI, time to stop thinking about that gas powered blender!

sunflower_sue 10 years, 5 months ago

snap, I'm a pretty good seemstress. If you buy the pleather and the pattern, I can help you out w/ that gladiator thingie.

blackwalnut 10 years, 5 months ago

I give up driving! I walk, take the bus, ride a bike. I combine trips and make my family coordinate their travel by car to make fewer trips. I do these things anyway by habit; high gas prices just give me one more reason.

Gas prices make commuting to KC to work a bad deal. The first $10,000 in gross income is eaten up by the commute. The high gas prices do eliminate that option for me.

Nick Yoho 10 years, 5 months ago

for some of you the price is obviously not "too high" yet.Read the question again please.It says WHEN it gets too high.meaning at the point which you WILL have to give up something.How about the luxury of arrogance?

ms_canada 10 years, 5 months ago

So, it seems as if nobody is going to give up driving. Well, I guess it would be kind of hard to give it up altogether. A horse and buggy would present a lot of other problems unless Sue could help us out with the manure. Do you need any fertilizer, sue? Or, we could practice consolidation. Make one trip in the old tin lizzie instead of 3 or 4. For me that would be easy as i totally HATE shopping and try to get it all done in one trip. Or I could get a little wagon for the groceries and walk to Safeway. That would help with my HATRED of exercise too. Walking I don't mind too much.

i_have_only_valid_opinions 10 years, 5 months ago

I will have to give up my portion of funding for the new library.

Kat Christian 10 years, 5 months ago

Actually continue doing what I have been doing for years, just be more efficient at it. When I shop I do all of it at the same time and map out my route so I use the least amount of driving distance and time. If I forget something I put it on a list and if I happen to be in or near when I can get that item I will at that time otherwise wait until the next shopping trip. Also, many times I just make do with what I have. My mother grew up in the depression era so she taught me alot about economizing, using time efficiently, recycling whenever possible and not to waste. I wish more people would take the time to learn to to this.
by the way folks, I got a whooping 3% raise last September (.35 cents) in one month this raise won't even buy me a full tank of gas. Gas goes up my paycheck declines.

lubyloo 10 years, 5 months ago

I give up driving my Bentley and drive the Rolls instead. It gets much better gas mileage.

i_have_only_valid_opinions 10 years, 5 months ago

I guess I could stop driving down my driveway to the mailbox and just walk the 20 feet.

Flap Doodle 10 years, 5 months ago

Sue, I'll have to go down to the hardware store & get a whole bunch of brass buckles for you to add to the pleather gladiator outfit. Lots of brass adds to the savage & masterful look, don't you know....

sunflower_sue 10 years, 5 months ago

snap, maybe you can get a nice hub cap for a shield? Maybe a spinner?

Ms_C, my dandilions grow just fine w/out the manure. Actually, they grow just fine despite the fact that I've tried to poison them.

RI, can't find it at the moment. Too many piles of papers! Can't look for it now. It's Friday which means I'm taking off early. Got an appt. w/ Billy Bob.

Linda Aikins 10 years, 5 months ago

TOB, I hadn't looked at the post count from yesterday. Maybe since you used the word flamers to describe the posts, I won't bother to go back and read.

Looks like today could be good too, but fun good. Sue, I think you can get recycled colonics from Bubby Bill's.

hawklet21 10 years, 5 months ago

I give up going to see friends in KC as much. And I buy a loooottttttt of ramen noodles.

fed_up 10 years, 5 months ago

OUCH! If you DO drive somewhere this summer, look out!! Look what new program some of the federal gas tax money is going to! Sneaky sneaky... using our money to buy stuff to get more money. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in the next 6 weeks??

sgtwolverine 10 years, 5 months ago

Whatever you do, do not give up purchasing fine photographic work from your local photographers. Good portraits are worth the money!

Ceallach 10 years, 5 months ago

I try to plan my trips to take care of more than one errand at a time.

Ceallach 10 years, 5 months ago

TOB, did I hear my name taken in vain? Such labeling is always ugly. However, I realize that labeling is tempting and easy to do . . so easy a cave man could do it :)

Never fear, RI, you have plenty of company :P

Linda Aikins 10 years, 5 months ago

What is the letter of the day for R_I to make up words? H? P?

Rib thief? We prefer to call it Bone-removing Engineer, thank you very much.

Aileen Dingus 10 years, 5 months ago

Ms_Canada! Hey now! I said I'd stop driving!

Meatwad 10 years, 5 months ago

I'll have to give up posting on here and get some work done.

blessed3x 10 years, 5 months ago

If gas goes up $1.00 per gallon, I will spend approximately $780 per year extra on gas. The democrats refusal to make the Bush tax cuts permanent will cost my family over $3,500/year. So which do you think I am most pissed off about? Hmmmmm......

I agree with Sigmund, I'm going to give up paying my taxes.

thare 10 years, 5 months ago

If you're making enough money to get back $3,500 I am not feeling sorry for you. I am a teacher and guess how much I get back $0.

Dominic_Sova 10 years, 5 months ago

The democrats refusal to make the Bush tax cuts permanent will cost my family over $3,500/year.

Sorry, but it doesn't COST you money that the tax cuts aren't PERMANENT. That 3,500 dollars wasn't something you deserved, or earned. It was a bribe, to keep you from thinking too much about the economy, the war, and the administration.

Why can't your family pay taxes? Not happy with the goverment?

fed_up 10 years, 5 months ago

blue-I hear ya! I'm gonna have to stop flashing and mooning those truckers myself or I'll end up in jail, or worse yet...I'll see myself on a late night "honda drivers gone wild" commercial!! For,surely, the next step will be live feed cameras that simply send your plate number in to the nearest police station and you'll receive your ticket in the mail. How much does a hwy patrolman make each year with benefits in comparison to the cost of a system like that?

beatrice 10 years, 5 months ago

I noticed nobody is giving up speeding, which might actually help lower the gas bill.

blessed3x -- once we pay off this trillion dollar plus war, balance the budget and do something about the still escolating deficit, only then are you allowed to start whining about the Democrats not allowing you enough tax cuts. I'm sure your kids and your kids' kids will hate today's tax cuts even more than the Democrats. As the saying goes -- You can't have your cake and bomb Iraq too.

Ceallach 10 years, 5 months ago

I know everyone is busy solving the problems of the world, but what happened to the handy dandy little parens that let us know how many comments have been posted?

Ceallach 10 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Bobbo! I think that's a flaw in the new system . . . (like they care what I think :)

pelliott 10 years, 5 months ago

going for drives in the country. Don't pump gas on May 15!!

sunflower_sue 10 years, 5 months ago

Let's go back a bit: "What's the most inattentive thing you've seen a person do while driving?" Well, I saw this one crazy @#%$% posting on the OTS and simultaneously taking on his cell phone while speeding down 435!

Goots, thanks for the Bubby Bill info! I like that I can now get a colonic and help keep the earth green! :D

RI, no more spandex mental images, pleeease!

tir 10 years, 5 months ago

Eating out. And of course, driving to restaurants. Plus I gave up having food delivered. But that means driving to the grocery store at least once a week... and I guess food prices at the store will be going up, too... kinda sucks all around.

pelliott 10 years, 5 months ago

Speeding? I miss the mandatory 55 limit, now i have to be careful that I manage to drive slowly but safely. You know, on two laners, pulling off so the train of cars can go, go , go without having to pass me on a hill or curve. Don't pump gas on May 15!!

paladin 10 years, 5 months ago

Although I love it to death, I'm giving up my subscription to "American Decadence". I don't know about you guys, but I actually would rather see the whole rest of the world destroyed by nukes, if need be, than have to actually change my actual lifestyle. Golly! :)

LogicMan 10 years, 5 months ago

HBO after Sopranos ends ... but not the LJW! (WC owns LJW and SDV)

beatrice 10 years, 5 months ago

Two questions -- what is so special about May 15, and why do the last letter and punctuation mark end up at the lower left of each response?

Lily418 10 years, 5 months ago

That Porsche doesn't get good enough gas mileage for me. I'm now driving the Benz.

pelliott 10 years, 5 months ago

It began as an urban myth and has been reported in Snopes as an ineffective way to bring gas prices back. And snopes is correct that not buying for one day won't effect the general price. If that is all you hope for, an automatic fix to the quaqmire of price guaging, environmental concerns and war. Not buying gas for one day won;t fix it. if we get out of that quagmire it probably will take decades of recovery. Of course If you are tired of price gauging, so you walk or reduce the use of your car for one day .Maybe that is how you might start changing little habits. Thats a statement of using less gas for one day.The tiny effort is worth it. Comsumer strikes aren't really about making everything go back to the good old days, ( which I believe was April 4,5,6, of 1969 and March 2 of 1978. It is a simple act of communication that the public, at least some of us are disattisfied with the current situation. People have many ways to raise their voice, a little one is by not buying gas on May 15. Since I can see no harm in it. I am eager to try as I do not chose to proceed as if I should be helpless and unheard. This is not the only thing I am trying, The double exclamation point was in a much emailed version. The responses from known trolls that this is something that should not be tried is hard evidence for me. I am tired of the negative hate responses almost any article or subject recieves. I So if the trolls are agin it, it must be worth a try. So I am not going to pump gas on May 15. Prices have combined with conviction that I am pumping a lot less gas than I use to.

ksmom 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm giving up my frequent driver miles, you know, those "no particular place to go" miles. Had to give up the job in KC as well. :-( Took one here in Lawrence for $5.00 less an hour. But, factor in the wasted drive time (2 hours 10 minutes round trip) reduced child care expense, and cost of gas........ I make about the same. Still I wonder..................? Why is the pay for the same job in Lawrence so much less than the same job in KC or Topeka? I don't get it?????

Godot 10 years, 5 months ago

ksmom, just wondering, why didn't you move to KC to be near the job? $5 an hour adds up real quick, especially when you factor in the negative impact the lower paying job will have on your social security "quarters."

freedomFomGas 9 years ago

We all have made this happened by buying the big gas hogs. We haven't bought solar and wind power for homes and cars. I'm waiting for a car that is electric and has wind tube running through them to power and solar chargers on the car. I will give up a new car until I get one like that and if the car builders don't build one I will !!!!!!!!! FREE FREE WE CAN DO THIS!!!! And these big homes to heat and cool!!! What going to happen when you can't heat them? Better be buying those solar panels and Save our country.

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