Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gas prices stretch some, some prepared - Chris Levister, Black Voice News

The increase in energy prices is beginning to resemble the rise that occurred in 2008. But, this time, like many middle and low income Americans, Taylor, a the part-time college student and single parent is better prepared for higher fuel costs. She started driving less in December, when gas hit $3 a gallon. “It’s like waiting for the other shoe to drop, seeing just how high those prices will go. I knew I needed to gain some control over the situation,” she said. Experts say you can start by checking online to find the lowest prices in your neighborhood. Or make sure your car is well maintained— get the oil changed, put air in low-pressure tires, and replace a dirty air filter—to increase gas mileage. Taylor says she and her sons collect cans and bottles and exchange them for cash at a local recycling facility. She and her neighbors sell oranges, lemons, and grapefruits from their backyard fruit trees.

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