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September 10, 2007

Last week's question:

How much do you spend for gasoline each week and what have you done to reduce your costs and the amount of fuel that you use?

· We spend about $50 to $75.00 a week on fuel. There is not much we can do to conserve due to work and sports for the kids. The only way we do conserve is to make a list of things to do and make one trip to town instead of every day, since we live so far from the Hagerstown.

· I spend $60 a week now. I sold my truck and drive a car now.

· These figures run pretty close to what we're spending. I try to walk to get things done or use public transportation whenever I can. It's a pain to have to wait to get where you're going, but $1.25 for a run out to the store isn't that bad a deal, really.


· A lot more since the search for weapons of mass destruction began nearly six years ago, but it's well worth the cost especially since it's not me or my kids searching. I haven't done anything to reduce my use. Like Rush Limbaugh says, the planet knows how to heal itself, so I figure it will naturally start producing more oil - if it really is running out. Who you gonna believe, Al Gore or the liberal media?

· I spend $25 per week. I don't take unnecessary trips. I stock up when I grocery shop.

· Commuting back and forth to the Rockville, Md., area eats up about $50 to $70 per week in fuel for me, depending on traffic. To make up for that, I drive a fuel-efficient car and keep it in good condition.

· I spend $30 to fill my car up. I get 43 miles per gallon and it lasts more than a week. I go where ever I want, just as I always have.

· I spend maybe $5 to $10 a week on gas and I've chosen to take a job closer to home to cut back on commuting, excessive amounts of which I think are ecologically irresponsible. My commute time dropped from 40 minutes to six.

I also drive an automobile that delivers about 36 miles per gallon, not some gas guzzling oversized 4-wheel drive truck/SUV. Unlike about 16,000 of us, I choose to work in the county in which I have always lived. Thanks for listening.

· I fill up my tank about twice a week and the price varies. I started a carpool of three people to commute to work a year and a half ago. One person works in Rockville, another in Bethesda, and the third is dropped at the Metro and continues to D.C. If the three of us can do it, anyone can.

I used to drive a lot around town, but this summer I changed that by buying a bike. I do what needs to be done via the bike. I was able to save another $450 over the $155 by just taking into account what I used to spend on gas during the same time last year.

· We normally spend $100 to $150 a week in gas for our commute to Montgomery County. Since we have to work to pay our taxes and have no other way of getting to work, we can't reduce our cost.

· I spend about $50 to $70 a week just for work and basic home needs. I've tried to cut back on unnecessary trips and always looking for shorter routes. The price of gas has eliminated my entertainment and vacation plans for the summer.

· This is an interesting question. A great amount of fuel could be saved if the cities, counties, states and the federal government would make a real effort to change many of the "stop" signs to "yield" signs.

Of course this won't be done because the "experts" now claim and forever will claim that "stop" signs are absolutely necessary for safety. We need fewer "experts" and more folks with common sense.

· I don't pay for my gas. My wife pays for it. Isn't that nice of her?

· I spend approximately $40 per week on gas. I purchased a small sports car that gets 30 to 35 mpg. I opted to work four 10-hours days at my place of employment.

That saves me from accumulating approximately 3,500 miles a year on my vehicle. That saves me about $350 a year. Whenever possible, I also use a motorcycle, which gets more than 40 mpg.

· I have spent however much George and Dick need and have done nothing about it but complain. What else can I do? My vote doesn't count.

This week's question:

Some of those who answered last week's question said they commute to work in the metropolitan areas. If you commute, what sort of job and/or wages would keep you in Washington County?

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