Monday, March 12, 2012

Gas prices are through the roof. A gift to help with gas.

Ebony lives in Illinois, where gas is now averaging more than $4 a gallon for regular unleaded in some places. We can all sympathize. Gas prices have skyrocketed in 2012, and most of us are at a loss to explain why.

I admit that I have no idea what geo-political and economic forces are responsible for our current fuel cost woes. But I do know that it cost me $70 to fill my tank this weekend. And I do know that a lot of people are struggling to pay their regular bills, let alone pay to keep pricey gas in their tank.

Ebony wrote to me with a complaint about gas prices and I've decided to do what I can to help. I'm sending her $200, which should be enough to fill her tank for a couple weeks - maybe longer if she drives a hybrid or fuel efficient car. I didn't ask what model she drives! Regardless, a little help with the fuel bill should brighten her day.

If I didn't respond to your email this week, there are still steps you can take to save money on gas and keep some cash in your pocket.
- Make only necessary trips. Driving to work is necessary. Driving to Burger King for a snack is not.

- Plan ahead and consolidate trips. I can't say how many times I've made three or four trips out to different stores to do my weekend shopping. If I had planned ahead, I could have saved myself time and money by doing all of my shopping in one trip.

- Walk. This one's pretty simple. If you're physically able, skip the car and walk for trips within a mile or two of your home. Walking not only saves gas, it's healthy and good for you. Just be sure to use sidewalks to stay safe. If walking isn't your thing, you could also invest in a bicycle and use it for trips around town on nice days. You can usually find an adult bike for $20 or $30 at garage sales in the spring. It won't take long at all to recoup that investment.

- Change your air filter and inflate your tires. Dirty air filters reduce air flow into your engine, reducing combustion efficiency and causing you to use more fuel than you normally would. Keeping your tires at optimal pressure could save you up to 5% on your gas costs.

Hopefully you found today's post not only inspiring but also educational. I'll be back soon with more good news.

Thanks everyone.

57 comments:

mydaughterismyblessing said...

You are doing a wonderful thing alot more people with money that can afford to give away some of it like the millionaires out there letting the money just go to waste. you might not be a millionaire but you have something to help people and thats a great gift I know i told myself if I ever won the lottery I would open a shelter that helps homeless people get back on the right path helping them find a job and their own place and getting them back on there feet. As well as help those that are on addictions my center would be a shelter, rehab, and more. I just stop by to say thank you for all you do and even if I am not your choice to help out please keep doing what you are doing you are a great person indeed and God Bless you!!!!

Dave said...

What you are doing is very commendable. I at one time had money and knew it made me feel good tohelp someone out worse off then me. Unfortunatly when I had menegitis I lost everything and could no longer even help myself and see that people do not offer help these days even if you need it. While I am not yet homeless I am very close but believe in GOD and know I will be ok. Thank you for helping people. Dave

kay87 said...

We had a problem with our catalytic converter. My husband is a fix it all man and so he drilled a whole in the exhaust pipe to filter out all the gunk that was in there. Now we are getting about 30 miles more per tank, if not more. It is the simple things that people forget about that help us save gas and make are vehicals run just a little better. Like the air filter or even tire pressure. Thanks for reminding us all of that.

I also agree with mydaughterismyblessing and Dave. Love what you are doing.

Kat said...

If you are for real, you are a wonderful person. There are so many who just need a chance to pull themselves up so that they can take care of themselves. Bad things happen to good people, and you could make the difference. I commend you!

Kat said...

If you are for real, you are a wonderful person. There are so many who just need a chance to pull themselves up so that they can take care of themselves. Bad things happen to good people, and you could make the difference. I commend you!

kay87 said...

One more thing. There is a site you can help people out by giving them your unwanted stuff. Here is the .com.

http://my.freecycle.org/

This has helped me so much and the people are way nicer than on Craigslist!!!

Unknown said...

I wasn't able to view your blog yesterday, but am glad I decided to try again. You have already helped me by reinforcing what I already know - you get back the same energy you put out into the world, so stay POSITIVE and keep trying!! The only alternative is to give up and quit, and I refuse to do that!

Lori said...

You are a true blessing to the world. I did send you a request and i leave it in god's hands.

misket said...

I agree with Lori. If everyone helped everyone else just a little, the world would be such a better place. Hope your life is abundantly blessed in every way for what you're doing.

misket said...

I agree with Lori. If everyone helped everyone else just a little, the world would be such a better place. Hope your life is abundantly blessed in every way for what you're doing.

Big John said...

It's a beautiful thing you are doing for others. Many of us are so close to being homeless and not even able to feed there families. If anyone would like a free faith healing, please find me on Facebook under Godswolf healing. brother john

Diane said...

You are doing amazing things with your site and the fact that you're helping is beyond commendable.

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atticus said...

i hope you burn

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atticus said...

remember me

atticus said...

u better run

atticus said...

there coming for you

atticus said...

hahahaha

atticus said...

afraid

atticus said...

better be

atticus said...

it because of you this all happen

atticus said...

i have nothing to lose any more

atticus said...

die die die

atticus said...

dont take the credit of being a nice person you arent

misskaren said...

What's wrong with you? What's the harm in believing In Something positive? If its true than how wonderful. If its not then at least its giving people the opportunity to drop the act. Let go of the pride they carry and humble them selves. Even if its anonymous its still soul cleansing. I personally find it refreshing to know that someone in this world cares enough to read and reply to all who ask.
That in itself could not be a easy task.

Vicki Y King said...

I am in AWE that someone would really give away hard earned money. My goal is to get financially able to give to those that need it. In fact, I'm in a bind because I've always given to others but now I'm having to accept help from others. This has been the hardest thing I've ever had to do...learn to let others lend a helping hand!

Jumps wifey said...

Truly beautiful, pay it forward.

Scott said...

Please disregard the negativity of the one poster. I've deleted several of the more offensive comments. I'm sorry anyone had to read those.

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

I know someone who tried to kill themselves cos of your fake promise you sick cunt

Dan said...

There is no real proof of this you sick bastard

Dan said...

There is no real proof of this you sick bastard

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James Farley said...

Hello everyone i just want to say thank you to who ever is behind this website, thank you for being there for those in need. Do not let the non believer's stop you from your good deeds. I to put it a request for help, keep up the good work.

Jim Farley
farley956@msn.com

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Enya Dreamz said...

Odd... I don't see one single comment thanking Scott for money they have received. So if anyone has been helped, they must be very ungrateful... unless this is some sort of a scam..... ???

David Welch said...

One more piece i hope you enjoy


My views on death:
By David Welch 2014

Soulful Wisdom:

My views on death strand from witnessing it first hand, the deaths of- My daughter,my grandparents, my best friend whom I watched GET ran over by a 20ton truck in 1998. Blamed myself for the next ten years. My father passed in my arms. Another friend committed suicide in my car. His dad,my fishing buddy passed a month later. Witnessed a murder in 2004 he died in my arms. And I also have died but I'll tell more about myself later. There are others but Im sure you get where I'm coming from. I understand the term empathy very well.
Today my true beliefs are that death is a BLESSING. The ultimate rite of passage into the holy world of unconditional love. JESUS (as I know him) died so we could have that rite. So we could feel his love.(I've been there I've felt it first hand and I know for sure it's real.) Death should be celebrated. It's a gift, a loving gift from God above. Accept it, you can not get away from it. Embrace it and rejoice in it.
As for loved ones who have passed?
Keep one thing in mind. They now reside in the land of milk and honey. The good Lord healed them COMPLETELY in his own way. They now know his unconditional love.What better way to honor them than to hold your head high and feel everyday as beautiful as they made you feel when they where alive and in your life. People will notice your confidence and beauty your poise your joy your happiness (inner and outer).
And when they ask you where your confidence comes from you can tell them from your loved ones who have passed who taught you and cared for you.
You can then impose their legacy and carry their spirit wherever you are at all times.
So please honor them with love for yourself and them. That is what love is all about. Loveing your neighbors Unconditionally and carrying on the great legacies of those that touched your heart and ment so much to you. It all starts by remembering God our creator (as you know him) and carrying his legacy to all who will listen. Today I am able to love unconditionally. I thank you my Christ for this beautiful gift.
This is just one man's opinion and I own it. Just sayin

I hope and pray you hear these words That come straight from my heart. unconditionally loved...

GODSPEED AND GOODSPIRITS

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