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When I look at my own monthly budget, gas for the car peaked at about 3% of our monthly income. That doesn't count CycleSpouse's truck fuel, however, because that's a business expense.

Getting the scooter out in rainy May-June will probably bring that 3% down to a lower number. Who knows, maybe 2% or so. However, it's not like it makes a meaningful difference in our financial well-being, I'm just a saver. I mean, I use a coupon when we get take and bake pizza, too....

Anyway, before oil prices went crazy, CycleSpouse and I talked about several road trips this summer. Mount Saint Helens, the Sea Lion Caves, the Impressionist Exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, some of the area waterfalls... The price of fuel will definitely not stop us from going on any of those trips.

We're in the process of buying a new (used) car. We think that the Acura will get around 30+ mpg on the freeway. So, a 466 mile RT to Seattle will use 15.5 gallons of gas at $4.20 = $65. Other travel expenses: hotel, a nice dinner, a lunch or two, tickets to the museum... will add up to a lot more than the gas bill. I guess I'm echoing what telegraph said here.

I guess the bottom line is that we feel that road trips around the PNW are still a bargain compared to traditional fly-to-a-destination vacations.

Umm.... trying to find my way back to the original subject. I guess that for myself, I'm trying to save gas on mundane trips but when it comes to special trips, we're not sacrificing any of them. We can afford it.

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