I’m curious to know how familes of all sizes are dealing with the high gas prices.
Is it making a difference in your family life? Do you drive less and stay home more? How do you determine what is a necessary drive and what isn’t?
Is it making a difference in your school choice; e.g., are you choosing to have your kids in neighborhood schools or home schools rather than driving them to a parochial or other private school?
If you are home-schooling, are the high gas prices crimping your lesson plans?
How about vacations? Visits to family?
My husband and I are driving less to visit our children, who live about 5 hours away from us. Instead of speaking in terms of “hours away”, we are now thinking in terms of “gas prices,” so we say, “That’s about $150 in gas.”
We are also trying very hard to make sure that all our trips to the store, etc. are necessary. And no drives into the nearby big city (65 miles away, or about $40 gas!) just to eat at a certain restaurant.
My daughter will be moving to California this summer, and we are estimating that the gas price will be about $1200 for the trip there and back. Yikes.