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wdw4rfam
03-07-2011, 12:47 PM
We leave for Disney in 3 1/2 weeks, and the prices are still climbing. YIKES !!! I really don't want to have to take money from our spending budget at DW to pay for gas!!!!

mhsjax
03-07-2011, 12:50 PM
We leave for Disney in 3 1/2 weeks, and the prices are still climbing. YIKES !!! I really don't want to have to take money from our spending budget at DW to pay for gas!!!!

NO not yet. I see this every summer. It comes and goes.

FWIW, gas at WDW is always cheaper, so be sure and fill up before you leave WDW to go back home.

Momma2PrinceNPrinces
03-07-2011, 12:52 PM
Our trip isn't till Mid May when prices are expected to be over $4/gal :scared1: Luckily, I budgeted based on $4/gal. So if by chance it goes up to even $5/gal, we'll be ok. We may need to eat an extra meal in our room though.

Jessica527
03-07-2011, 12:53 PM
Not freaking out yet, but soon will be if it gets over $4!

2disneyboys
03-07-2011, 12:55 PM
We leave in less than 30 days (:cool1:) and budgeted $4.00 a gallon. but with the prices increasing, we are bumping our budget to $5 per gallon to be on the safe side. Hoping it stays lower so I can bring home the savings for our next trip, however, I DOUBT it'll go over $5 a gallon so in that case we'll be alright (stinks though!)

budafam
03-07-2011, 12:58 PM
We're going in May also and figuring IF it's up to $5 a gallon, it'll still be cheaper for us to drive than fly so yeah, BRING IT ON!!! lol... j/k on that part. It makes me sick to think about it :(

Funwith4kids
03-07-2011, 01:01 PM
Not freaking out on impact to our Disney vacation since that is a (unfortunately) a short lived event. I am more worried what the gas prices will do to everyday living.........:eek::eek::eek:

HunnyPots
03-07-2011, 01:07 PM
I am just so glad we changed our minds about driving a couple of months ago and bought our airfare at a decent rate. With gas prices soaring, we would not save enough to make a 20 hour drive worth it. We are flying for something like $170 pp rt.

aprilfoolwed
03-07-2011, 01:08 PM
We're driving from PA to FL in June. Not crazy about gas price, but it's still cheaper for us to drive than fly or take the train. Gas would have to be over $6/gallon for us to think about another mode of transportation.

However, I do plug our numbers into Amtrack's site every now and then, just to see what the AutoTrain would cost. I figure if I happen to catch a deal we could consider it? But it's still been $1000 for the 5 of us everytime I check...

princessnoelly
03-07-2011, 01:09 PM
Not freaking out on impact to our Disney vacation since that is a (unfortunately) a short lived event. I am more worried what the gas prices will do to everyday living.........:eek::eek::eek:

I agree....with that comes an increase in food prices too....scary! :confused3

aprilfoolwed
03-07-2011, 01:14 PM
I am just so glad we changed our minds about driving a couple of months ago and bought our airfare at a decent rate. With gas prices soaring, we would not save enough to make a 20 hour drive worth it. We are flying for something like $170 pp rt.

If I could find a flight for $170 rt pp I would jump on that! Best I can find is to the tune of $1500 for all of us - and driving is still a lot better than that.

Amstar
03-07-2011, 01:15 PM
We went back and forth for awhile trying to decide or fly. We ended up deciding to fly based on mostly me not wanting to be in a car with two little girls (8 and 2) for almost 14 plus hrs and the fact that the wife wanted to stop on the way down.

Needless to say I bought our air fare back at the end of Jan. since then the tickest (total for the 4 of us) has gone up 378 dollars.

So at this point I am very glad I chose to fly than drive and bought my tickets early.

cheerforchelsea
03-07-2011, 01:19 PM
Gas prices are crazy!!! I traveled to Daytona Beach last week and I did notice that gas prices in the state of Georgia were about $.10 a gallon more than in Alabama and Florida. My next trip south will not include gas stops in Georgia......:confused3

eliza61
03-07-2011, 01:31 PM
I agree....with that comes an increase in food prices too....scary! :confused3

Not freaking out on impact to our Disney vacation since that is a (unfortunately) a short lived event. I am more worried what the gas prices will do to everyday living.........:eek::eek::eek:

+2
industry experts are predicting a huge jump in clothes this winter (remember folks, it takes fuel to power industry) not to mention food.

So those strawberries that people love to buy that have to be shipped in from Spain are going to cost an arm and a leg.

I was in the supermarket last Saturday and a women was complaining about the price of bananas. I mention to her that we live on the east coast and it's the middle of winter. where did she think those bananas came from?

budafam
03-07-2011, 01:39 PM
Kinda going off topic here but the cost of ground beef is going to go record high as well. We are looking into purchasing part of a cow to save some money. Corn is going to skyrocket as well, it's gonna get worse before it gets better.

princessnoelly
03-07-2011, 01:43 PM
I was in the supermarket last Saturday and a women was complaining about the price of bananas. I mention to her that we live on the east coast and it's the middle of winter. where did she think those bananas came from?

:rotfl:

Thanks for the laugh!

HunnyPots
03-07-2011, 01:59 PM
If I could find a flight for $170 rt pp I would jump on that! Best I can find is to the tune of $1500 for all of us - and driving is still a lot better than that.

Yes, I agree. I got lucky in that I just happened to check Airtran out of curiosity one day. After figuring out the cost of gas, hotel on the way down and back, and meals on the road. we were looking at a savings of around $200. My van is twelve years old and has just over 150k miles on it. No problems currently but all it would take is one mishap on the road to quickly eat up that $200 savings.

mlynn
03-07-2011, 02:10 PM
Here is a website to see what gas will cost you.


http://fuelcostcalculator.aaa.com/

aprilfoolwed
03-07-2011, 04:50 PM
Just did the fuel calculator - round trip PA-FL will cost $365 @ $3.50/gallon. So even if we hit $7.00/gallon, trip would cost $750 - which is still $400 cheaper than train fare, and $800 cheaper than airfare.

wilma-bride
03-07-2011, 04:53 PM
Sorry, I know I should be sympathetic but try living in the UK - we are paying just under $10 gallon here approx :scared1:

Momma2PrinceNPrinces
03-07-2011, 05:10 PM
I just checked out flights just to compare. It's $300 RT, so for 3 of us that's $900. Even at $5 a gal, it's cheaper to drive. $5/gal will cost us around $600 RT.

ilovemk76
03-07-2011, 05:18 PM
I am just so glad we changed our minds about driving a couple of months ago and bought our airfare at a decent rate. With gas prices soaring, we would not save enough to make a 20 hour drive worth it. We are flying for something like $170 pp rt.

If the price of fuel increases enough the airlines could impose additional fuel costs in the form of surcharges. They have done this in the recent (over $4/gallon gas days) past.

DawnM
03-07-2011, 05:24 PM
I am budgeting around $300 for gas. That is at $4 per gallon and allows for driving around Orlando. We are about 550 miles away from the Mouse and get 17 mpg in our SUV.

Thankfully our lodging and tickets are already paid for.

Dawn

Jodi
03-07-2011, 05:27 PM
Sorry, I know I should be sympathetic but try living in the UK - we are paying just under $10 gallon here approx :scared1:

That's HEINOUS!!!

teachingtrudy1
03-07-2011, 08:49 PM
Someone mentioned good deals in early summer to drive rental cars out of Florida. I checked and managed a deal. We are flying for $100 per person on Southwest--luggage flies free. We are renting a car from Hertz to drive back for $9.99 per day (unlimited miles). We actually could have gotten $5 per day for a compact, but I wanted a little larger than a compact for luggage, etc. The special ends June 12.

mrodgers
03-07-2011, 09:31 PM
That's HEINOUS!!!
Sure is, but I know quite a few over there through autoracing forums and if I could buy a really nice shape late model Toyota MR2 with under 100,000 miles for 1000 GBP as opposed to about $10,000 here, I wouldn't complain much about $10/gallon gas. The extra ~$8,000 (guestimating the exchange, I know it's not that much today) would buy a lot of $10/gallon gas.

I never understood why people freak about gas prices when discussing vacations either. People spend thousands on vacation, but an extra $50-100 is going to break it? I spent $225 last year to drive from above Pittsburgh to Disney (1090 miles one way) and the link tells me it would cost me about $320 today. That's not even $100 difference, certainly not something that would have caused me to freak and cancel a $2500 vacation all for $95.

Boston Tea Party
03-07-2011, 09:42 PM
Driving from Texas to California Friday. Yep, I am freaked out.

wdw4rfam
03-07-2011, 09:52 PM
Yeah- it still is cheaper than 5 of us flying. Actually I did budget for 3.50, and even if it hits 4.00 its only about $60-$75 more. But they are scaring me saying it may go higher. Plus, I am worried about the everyday price too. The increase in gas seemed to kick off the last recession. I was in Walmart supercenter and a small box of cherry tomatoes was $4.88!!!! The prices are climbing FAST!! I guess we will enjoy our trip this year- who knows if we'll be able to afford another...

JoiseyMom
03-07-2011, 09:54 PM
Kinda going off topic here but the cost of ground beef is going to go record high as well. We are looking into purchasing part of a cow to save some money. Corn is going to skyrocket as well, it's gonna get worse before it gets better.

Our Wegman's is having 40 products that are guaranteed to stay the same price for all of 2011. Ground beef (80/20) and boneless chicken breasts will be 1.99/lb, bananas .49/lb and other staples. I am happy about that!

QVCshopper
03-07-2011, 10:15 PM
Our Wegman's is having 40 products that are guaranteed to stay the same price for all of 2011. Ground beef (80/20) and boneless chicken breasts will be 1.99/lb, bananas .49/lb and other staples. I am happy about that!

Love Wegmans! Honestly, if I let myself, I start getting worried about the price of gas, food, etc. But I'm a natural worrier. That said, if we do move, we're hoping to go somewhere that's within walking distance to a food store, restaurant, and most importantly, good schools. I don't think this gas up/down stuff is going to stop anytime soon... I don't ever forsee the .99 cents a gallon that we got back when we got married--and that was only 12 years ago.

SandrA9810
03-07-2011, 10:22 PM
Our Wegman's is having 40 products that are guaranteed to stay the same price for all of 2011. Ground beef (80/20) and boneless chicken breasts will be 1.99/lb, bananas .49/lb and other staples. I am happy about that!

That's awesome. At east living here in the heart of growing country, fruits and vegetables stay relatively cheap. Although tomatoes and bananas are at 75 cents a pound usually, which is slightly high.

Most the other things I get are from a local couple that grows their own stuff. I get bundles of veggies for a 1$ each, which is just enough or more than enough for one week's worth of food. So about 3-5$ each week on fresh food.