Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Miscellaneous Thoughts

I have a new diet. It is called " I can't afford the gas for the car to go to the grocery store and even if I could, groceries are to high to buy, therefore I lose weight". Seriously, every day I go by the service station, I almost have a heart attack. The prices just keep rising. Some days, they change two times. Our vehicle has to use premium gas and in town it gets about 13 miles per gallon if we are lucky and 19 miles per gallon on the road. It is a 1997 model, in excellent shape, other than is sucks the gas up like a thirsty person. If we could afford to, it would be traded in for a car that gets better gas mileage, but being on a limited income, a car payment right now is out of the question. Needless to say, I do not drive much in town. I try to plan my trips and make as many stops in a day as I can rather than spreading them out over several days. We are on Social Security and the "WONDERFUL COST OF LIVING RAISE" (if you can call it that) is so small each year that by the time Medicare and the supplemental insurance increases, we net about 5.00 per month. Our two combined payments are higher than most people on Social Security, so I am thankful for that. A word of advice to any young people that might read this, SAVE, SAVE, SAVE. Even though you may be young, it is never to early to plan for the day when you will be in the situation that many older Americans find themselves today. Believe it or not, one day you will be an "older American". Well it is time for me to decide if I drive to the grocery store or walk or go hungry today. Just kidding. Until next time, so long.


Jeni said...

Yep! Good sage advice, my friend. Only one hole it that though and that's to be sure to have a job that pays enough so you have maybe $5 or $10 a paycheck that you can save too!

Shadow said...

oh i hear you. the petrol price here is just as atrocious! i love your diet by the way, heee heee hee