plan on doing our usual travels because he does not expect that gas is going to get any cheaper
this is truly the bottom line. Well said.
I have started doing stuff I probably should have been doing anyway, and this does make you think about tossing money out the window.
I have to actually carefully plan my $$$ for Bandon this year. I stopped going out to lunch, which was usually my "big" meal of the day. I spent part of last weekend cooking up things to freeze and take with me. (I am not much for sammiches and chips)
I will be car pooling soon, as soon as we get a schedule worked out and my employer can see fit to not send me all over, even in town, where my own car is required. (They are considering a 4th company car so those of us that are mobile workers can leave our cars at home)
I have yet to work out the exact math, but I will be looking into Part timing in my trailer, down the hill, during the week. My gas and utility savings in my bricks and sticks may just put me ahead a little if I did that. One dog is a problem and she can't be left alone in the trailer during the day, so day care will need to be arranged. That may be the buck that breaks the deal.
As it stands now, I spend almost as much on gas as I do my mortgage. Granted, I have a good mortgage and it's low due to a whole lot of factors, but still, the comparison is frightening.
I will stay on the mountain mostly, this summer, and limit my weekend jaunts. This won't be the year I do the Sierras and Oregon. I can only do one.
But still, in the great scheme of things... I got it pretty good. I ate today, and will eat tomorrow. Anything else is a bonus.