Friday, March 9, 2012
One blogger who writes for website Money Crashers--Your Guide to Financial Fitness offers several solutions for the rising cost of gas. Heather Levin recommends the following:
1. Switch to a high MPG car. Seems like a good idea if I could afford one. Remember this is big business and the American Way that we are dealing with--economic reality. High mileage cars are suddenly going to be in demand and the prices for them are going to shoot to the moon. If I can't afford the gas how in the world am I going to afford the car?
2. Find alternate ways to heat your home. She suggest putting in a wood stove as one way to combat rising prices in crude. Well, I need wood to burn. The wood is in the forest on the mountain about a half-hour from my home which means I have to drive my truck. My truck runs on gas. Gas cost money. Seems like a vicious circle--sort of like running in place. It feels like your going somewhere but you are not! Besides I kind of like the trees in the forest. Domino Effect on this one.
3. Grow your own food. This one won't work. I have a brown thumb and gardening experiments in the past have ended badly--we would starve if we had to rely upon my agricultural skills. It is sort of like fishing. I do my fishing at the Red Lobster or Long John Silvers! My food comes from the local grocery store where someone else has grown it.
4. Buy some food in bulk. Most of the bulk of food hangs over my belt. The bulk food sellers in our area are 45 minutes away by car. The car takes gas. Gas costs money. Domino effect anyone? Besides the wife once bought oatmeal in bulk and we had everything and anything oatmeal for months! I can only eat so many oatmeal raisin cookies! Which seems to correlate with the sudden bulk slumping over the belt.
5. Learn how to can your own food. Heck, I just learned how to open a can of food. Now I am suppose to learn how to can my own food! I don't think so!
6. Walk, take public transportation, or ride a bike. It is difficult to walk to work when work is nearly 40 miles from where I live, but I do enjoy walking. Walking is good for you--makes sense if you are not a commuter, but it would increase the shoe budget by quite a bit. Probably wouldn't save much if I was having to replace shoes every couple of months. Public transportation--what is that? Is that the same thing as bumming a ride with the neighbor? There is not a lot of public transportation in a town of 600. Ride a bike--sounds like exercise. Good idea but lets get real--this is Montana. Nine months of winter, one month of rain, and two months of beautiful weather.