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Mr. Flopnuts
03-16-2008, 03:06 AM
I've noticed my cost increase sharply. Obviously gas is at all time highs and we're not even officially in spring yet. $4 a gallon this summer? I'm thinking closer to $5 at our current pace. Anywho, here's my transportation breakdown, what's yours? If you ride the bus count that. Any cost you incur to get from one place to the other. Here's mine, it should serve as an example.


Gas-$500 a month
Car Payment-$280 a month
Insurance-$109

That's a lot of ****ing money to drive around. We don't use much gas, but we do drive an SUV that needs some repair that is affecting our gas mileage. Pretty much $900 a month. For you single people, if you're coming close to that, I feel bad for you. It's almost unaffordable for the average American family to survive on 2 incomes. I long for the days of a 40 hour work week being enough to support an entire family no matter the occupation. I've never seen these days personally, but I've been promised that they existed. How about you? What's it cost, and how is it affecting the rest of your life?

Bump
03-16-2008, 03:18 AM
oh probably $150 a month.

milkman
03-16-2008, 06:25 AM
I drive a small car that gets about 35 miles to the gallon, and I'm going to run that ****er into the ground before I go out and spend money on another car.

I spend about a $100-$120 a month on gas right now.

I no longer have a car payment, so the only other expenses are maintenance, which are relatively minimal.

kstater
03-16-2008, 06:32 AM
Me thinks at almost $1300 a year on insurance, Mr. Flopnuts is getting an enema from his insurance broker.

milkman
03-16-2008, 06:42 AM
Me thinks at almost $1300 a year on insurance, Mr. Flopnuts is getting an enema from his insurance broker.

On the west coast, in the city, that's a fairly reasonable amount.

tmax63
03-16-2008, 06:52 AM
I drive a car that gets 30+ mpg, is paid for and keep legal minimum for insurance. That said i drop about $300 a month currently on gas and about $400 a month total when counting everything else. That's at a price of $3.02 a gallon which the radio says is some of the cheapest gas in the country. And the way the idiots drive around here I'd consider driving a tank or an amored personnel carrier before I'd ride a motorcycle because I would like to live to see old age.

Stewie
03-16-2008, 07:00 AM
I spend about $80/month for gas, no car payment, $45/month for insurance, and maintenance at this point is oil changes (2007 Toyota). I live close to my work so I don't put on many miles commuting.

Skip Towne
03-16-2008, 07:42 AM
This is depressing.

Iowanian
03-16-2008, 08:15 AM
I don't even want to think about it.

I've had some weeks, where I had 4, 400 mile days in 10hrs of work, and was doing it in an F150.

I recently bought a high mileage whizzer car to drive into the ground at 30mpg.

Hoover
03-16-2008, 08:25 AM
For the past year I have been driving about 70 miles to work one way. My wife still does, but I'm thinking about working from home again. Now it was work it for us to drive but thats a lot of coin to toss away.

damaticous
03-16-2008, 09:37 AM
I own my truck, a 1994 F150. $40 a month for ins. I live less than a mile from my office so A tank of gas lasts me about 4-5 weeks.

Auto payment = 0
Insurance = 40
Gas = 35

I'm thinking about getting a motorcycle (Honda 650 or 750). I will get just liability on the truck. I haven't calculated how long it will take to pay off the motorcycle yet. I'm thinking the motorcycle will be my "Green" effort for the world, and help me save on gas.

I had to drive my girlfriends car (37.5 mpg) to visit my parents house this weekend. Cost me about $40 in her car compared to about 130-150 in my truck. If I had a motorcycle that cost would be in the $20 range.

Bacon Cheeseburger
03-16-2008, 09:39 AM
I try not to think about it.

Sure-Oz
03-16-2008, 09:41 AM
$160 or so -gas
car payment- zero, paid off
insurace-$350 or so every 6 mo's

have a few repairs on the front gfx but will wait for my bonus check to do that

DaFace
03-16-2008, 09:46 AM
Me:
Gas - $20 (maybe)
Bus - $115 (paid by Rain Man, Inc.)
Payment - $0
Insurance - $50

Wifey
Gas - $60
Bus - $115
Payment - $400 (paying it off quick)
Insurance - $100

So I guess that's $230 per month in sunk costs and $400 in car payments. When you take the bus to work, you don't need much gas.

Sure-Oz
03-16-2008, 09:48 AM
Me:
Gas - $20 (maybe)
Bus - $115 (paid by Rain Man, Inc.)
Payment - $0
Insurance - $50

Wifey
Gas - $60
Bus - $115
Payment - $400 (paying it off quick)
Insurance - $100

So I guess that's $230 per month in sunk costs and $400 in car payments. When you take the bus to work, you don't need much gas.

wtf does wifey drive?

Spicy McHaggis
03-16-2008, 09:50 AM
Less than I did before, now that I live in a city with actual public transit.

DaFace
03-16-2008, 10:00 AM
wtf does wifey drive?

06 Ford Focus

We're paying more than double the required payment. I hate loans.

Bacon Cheeseburger
03-16-2008, 10:04 AM
Me:
Gas - $20 (maybe)
Bus - $115 (paid by Rain Man, Inc.)
Payment - $0
Insurance - $50

Wifey
Gas - $60
Bus - $115
Payment - $400 (paying it off quick)
Insurance - $100

So I guess that's $230 per month in sunk costs and $400 in car payments. When you take the bus to work, you don't need much gas.

What is this "bus" you speak of?

DaFace
03-16-2008, 10:28 AM
What is this "bus" you speak of?

Monthly bus passes from our place to downtown.

blueballs
03-16-2008, 10:41 AM
This thread makes me cry
up yours Mr Shittynuts

DJay23
03-16-2008, 11:02 AM
The sad thing is that we have to have this conversation.

I drive 90 miles round trip per day (it's actually cheaper than renting in the town where I work). I split mortgage with my girlfriend so that helps. Anyway, I drive a '04 GMC Sierra. Obviously driving that to work everyday doesn't work. I did that for the first month that I had it and my gas bill was nearly $400. The girlfriend drives an '04 Honda Civic Hybrid. Much better gas mileage, so 3 days a week I drive that and the other 2 days the truck. I'm guessing my gas bill comes in around $250 a month.

Unfortunately public transit is not a viable option for most of the country. Unless you live IN a city of fairly decent size, you almost have to drive. Gas companies have us by the balls, and they know it, and there is no way they will let up unless a new reliable source of fuel or technology pops up.

blueballs
03-16-2008, 11:08 AM
I wonder if this will bring back small farms
raise own food - farmers market for truck gardens-meat lockers
the cost of transporting food will bring back homegrown

BWillie
03-16-2008, 11:14 AM
I have no car payment. I pay about $220 in gas a month. I pay 19 dollars a month in liability only insurance.

Haha suckers.

Halfcan
03-16-2008, 11:35 AM
Zero-my company gives me a truck and a gas card.

Bacon Cheeseburger
03-16-2008, 11:37 AM
The sad thing is that we have to have this conversation.

I drive 90 miles round trip per day (it's actually cheaper than renting in the town where I work). I split mortgage with my girlfriend so that helps. Anyway, I drive a '04 GMC Sierra. Obviously driving that to work everyday doesn't work. I did that for the first month that I had it and my gas bill was nearly $400. The girlfriend drives an '04 Honda Civic Hybrid. Much better gas mileage, so 3 days a week I drive that and the other 2 days the truck. I'm guessing my gas bill comes in around $250 a month.

Unfortunately public transit is not a viable option for most of the country. Unless you live IN a city of fairly decent size, you almost have to drive. Gas companies have us by the balls, and they know it, and there is no way they will let up unless a new reliable source of fuel or technology pops up.

We have a mass transit system here, but the routes are so muddled up it's practically unusable. My son was doing some activities at UNO last summer, and we checked into him using the bus to get to my mother in law's house 1 mile away, he would've had to transfer buses 2 times to get there.

Mr. Flopnuts
03-16-2008, 02:46 PM
On the west coast, in the city, that's a fairly reasonable amount.

It's also full coverage on my truck, and liability on my wife's car.