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Hit Hard At The Pump

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I’ve been feeling the pain of rising gasoline costs again lately, and I’m not the only one. I’m looking forward to next month when I’ll be on vacation for more than a week (and have very few expenses) and when I return, I’ll be starting my new job with a shorter commute (41 miles compared to 27 miles each way).

The average self-serve regular gas has climbed to $2.50. Assuming I get 30 miles per gallon, I keep paying an average of $2.50 per gallon, and I commute both ways five days for 52 weeks, I’ll be saving more than $600 each year.

I could buy an Apple 60 GB iPod with Video Playback and still have funds to spare… or I could try to save more.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Lisa

Hey Flexo, what do you drive? I assume that by 30 MPG you certainly aren’t driving a Hummer, Expedition, or Explorer. Perhaps a sedan or mini-SUV? Certainly that change in commute is going to make a huge difference! But when it’s time to consider a new vehicle, perhaps you want to think hybrid – I have been driving a Prius for 6 years and will never go back to plain old gas power. Gas prices honestly don’t really phase me anymore at 48 MPG.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,435 (Platinum)

I have a 2004 Honda Civic (mentioned first in July 2004 with 45,000 miles or so. I’m not ready to jump into the latest technology after buying a new car fairly recently.

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