What $130/barrel Gas Means to Me
The cover of this week’s Macleans magazine depicts a man with a gas nozzle pointed at his temple. Pretty good visual, as far as instilling fear in the hearts of Canadians.
But really, gas prices are going to impact my life in a pretty significant way.
- Goodbye Grocery Gateway - it’s off to NoFrills for me, and only for things that I know I’m going to eat in the next few days.
- Goodbye regular weekend cottaging. It’s going to be hard to justify $200 in gas for 2 days of relaxation. Just thinking about the expense is going to make it hard to relax. I’m going to need that extra $400-$600 come winter.
- Goodbye 69 degree thermostat. I think we can learn to be thrilled with 65 degrees in the winter.
- Goodbye silly purchases. Gone are the days of excess and spending. The one good thing that may come out of gas prices - people are going to actually start thinking about what they are wasting their money on. Oh - and those excessive kid birthday parties - gone, gone, gone. Back to the good old days of inviting 2 friends over to a sleepover with homemade Birthday cake.
- Goodbye Fancy Fruits - this one is going to hurt. I’ve recently become infatuated with Asian Pears. Sigh, the relationship was doomed to fail.
- No more Commuting. Say, this could be an upside
- Home vegetable gardening is making a comeback. Already I’ve bought cucumber and tomato plants. I’ve also planted 4 more trees this year. Not bad for a lot that’s only 50 by 120. :-)
- Fleamarket shopping is going to explode.
- People will begin to find more enjoyment in *being at home*, and figuring out all sorts of things to do *at home*. Heck - maybe you will even meet your neighbours ;-)
- The internet is going to be even more powerful - with spending curbed, entertainment is going to come in many forms.
- You will have nice big trees in 10 years. Who know - you might end up needing them to keep you warm in the winter!