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post #11 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 08:57 AM
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One gal, a cook, couldn't afford the 30 mi. daily drive to and from work so she bo't a small Vespa type machine. It wasn't fast but it was cheap to run. Susan, why aren't you riding bicycles? You'd both wind up in great shape.
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post #12 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 09:00 AM
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I've thought about taking my horse since my office is only 2 1/2 miles from the farm. At the rate of 3 mph and having to account for traffic, that is ~ an hour each way - and I go home for lunch so that makes 4 hours per day commuting. Not very practical. I sold my motorcycle so that's out.

Gas here is $3.59 and I drive an Expedition. With back and forth to work, going out to dinner, going shopping, and hauling my horse to the trails, that is ~$80 per week in fuel for me + my wife's car + my daughter's car.

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post #13 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 09:04 AM
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My work recently decided to stop paying for most of my gas... Of course this was right after I bought a new vehicle (truck) and moved further away. They knew I was planning on doing both for quite some time, but for some reason didn't say anything about it until after I'd moved and had the truck for a month or two. :-/

Now I'm driving about 60 miles a day to/from work plus an extra 20 miles to feed the horses... Soo yeah.. Really glad I didn't sell my old car now, it'll be driven to the ground. I've had to change how I take care of my horses too, no longer 2x daily feedings. I built a hay feeder and fill it with enough hay to last 1-2 days, so I only need to go out once per day. Thankfully my horses are at my parent's house, so they'll check in on them to make sure they're ok am/pm.

Bf also bought a motorcycle and we'll be alternating who drives that to work, so it should help at least a little.

ETA - The truck gets about 15 mpg and the car 25 mpg, gas is $3.89 I think? I don't look too closely at it because quite frankly there isn't much I can do about it right now..
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post #14 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 09:11 AM
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Gas jumped to 4.15 here overnight.....luckily I've an in at the local station so I was tipped off ahead of time and filled up yesterday. We live 18 miles from town but luckily DH and I work in the same town now and same basic schedule so we ride share and use our little beater car instead of the truck which has cut our gas costs by 2/3.
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post #15 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 09:16 AM
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Doesn't it feel wonderful to complain? It is just not right what they are doing to our economy.
My husband bought a motorcycle, and we are trying not to drive unless we can help it.

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post #16 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 09:23 AM
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Adam/I aren't really sure what we're going to do right now. Thankfully we are living rent free for the time being, otherwise I would be in a lot of trouble. As it is, I'm barely hanging on... When I was renting I was closer, but that was $500/mnth.. My work is going to move another 15-20 miles away too..

Just thankful that I have a free place to keep the horses and relatively cheap hay. Worse comes to worse, at least I'll be able to take care of the bare minimum.
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post #17 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 10:43 AM
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I work from home so no paying for a commute which would be 55 miles one way! The only way my woesome "career" is justifiable.

My hubs business is only 7 miles away, but the kids school is 30 miles away!! No bus service out here and even if there was she goes to private so no deal! Thankfully my BIL takes the kids in the morning and I get them in the afternoon. When we had the diesel and gas was $4.50 it was costing us $700 a month! We swapped it out for a small SUV and we are actually MAKING money by not having it anymore. I miss it so much! Now I have to pull a trailer if I need anything large and have to mooch a truck from family to haul the horses, or hay, or any of the multitudes of things you need way out on a farm! But I love seeing our bank account stay level each month instead of... OH CRAP!!!!

Hang in there, soon we will all probably be riding to work! Thankfully we have em!

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post #18 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 10:49 AM
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^^ Good point! All of our horses and horse skills will be worth a lot of money pretty soon!
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post #19 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 10:55 AM
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gas is around 3.55 near my apartment and its about 3.50 near my parents farm... needless to say when i am home at the farm i generally ride my horses every where!! store, friends, etc lol
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post #20 of 49 Old 03-28-2012, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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My beau and i share my car. It gets about 22 miles to the gallon. My horse and his work is almost 40 miles away one way at least in the same direction. So I go when I have off and he has to go to work. I work 6 miles away so it could probably only take me about 1.5 hours. Now I just need to convince my landlord. Bahaha!
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