Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bit Of A Shock Today

I got a bit of a shock today when I filled up the vehicle, the cost of fuel had jumped 6 cents a liter from $1.29.9 a liter to $1.35.9 a liter. Yikees!!!!

What does this mean in the grand scheme of things???

The cost of shipping anything will go up, which in turn will cause prices to rise. Hey it's not like we are not used to rising prices, but I have a feeling things are going to go wayyyyyy up now.

To Harvey and I now that we are on a fixed budget it could mean reworking things to make ends meet. Right now I am happy that I don't work every day so a tank of gas, unless we go somewhere, will last me for at least a month, give or take a couple of days. It will also mean that if I accept a subbing position it better be for the morning (usually 3 1/2 hours) or an all day position. It would not pay me to take an afternoon spot for 2 1/2 hours. It will also mean that even more of the times I use the vehicle it will be for combined trips.

At the grocery store, well I will certainly be looking for the best possible deals and using as many coupons as I can find. I will also be sending for more freebies (Harvey has been quite surprised over the treats that have found their way to our mailbox the past little while) and doing as many surveys for points or cash that I possibly can.

I am tempted to buy one of those pull baskets so that I can walk to get my groceries and bring them home behind me, just as my Mother used to when I was growing up. Shades of the old days are coming back to haunt me........

We will be using up, making do and doing without a lot more than we had planned. Hopefully things will settle down very soon and after the budget gets reworked things are not as bad as I think they are going to be.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


  1. Oh, Jackie...I hear you on the price of gas! DH and I are looking at a new car for him (hoping to hold off until the 2013 cars become leftovers for a better price, but started our research with the car show). Our first consideration is the actual price of the vehicle. The second consideration is the MPG. Color and other nonessentials (except for Blue Tooth...cell phones are illegal when driving in Delaware where he works) will be the LAST thing on the list! I have 168,000 miles on the Highlander and intend to keep it until 300,000 miles. Since I only drive to doctor visits and an occasional trip to the thrift store or JoAnn's I think I can make it last for YEARS! It may not be really good on gas, but it is big enough for us to move larger items and most importantly it is PAID OFF (as is the Prius which we will probably be trading in for DH's new car).

  2. Ouch! How can prices just continue to go up and up? It's just crazy to me.

  3. Gas popped up here because of the Memorial Day holiday. I'm finding this all strange because the price of oil has been going down!