High Cost Of Gas Impacting People At The Grocery Store

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It seems fitting that on the day President Bush addressed the nation about the current state of the U.S. economy, we're showing you how people here in the East are coping with the rising cost of everything.

The Bureau of Labor says the Consumer Price Index has risen 4 percent since March of last year. And consumers are seeing the impact, especially at the grocery store.

JoMarie Giorgi is a stay at home mom of two little ones, her husband is a Marine at New River Air Station. She says she's feeling the pinch.

Giorgi said, "I do make a list and I usually go out once or twice a week that's all and try to do everything at one time. "

I followed Giorgi and little Maria and Anthony on a shopping trip to see how she's cutting corners.

Giorgi said, "Just not buying special things very much and trying to make a lot of dinners at home and not going out, also saving on gas and the price of food."

She says, says she's definitely seen an increase of about 80 dollars a shopping trip than what she used to pay. She says she used to spend about 170 dollars and now it's more around the area of $250.

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  • by Michael Lewis Location: Tampa, FL on May 12, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    Demand $2 a Gallon Gas Oil was $120 a barrel on May 5, 2008. The cost of a barrel of synthetic fuel from coal is estimated to be $55, including the infrastructure and labor force necessary to operate plants. Germany fueled WWII with synfuel from coal. It is proven technology. America has 1/3rd of the coal on Earth and can eliminate dependence on foreign oil. Reducing America’s trade imbalance keeps money and jobs here in America. Every billion in trade deficit costs 13,000 American jobs. $400 billion for oil last year: you do the math. And we can stop sending billions to countries that sponsor terrorism. Synfuels are cleaner burning than gasoline and carbon sequestration can remove CO2. Visit http://governor.mt.gov/hottopics/faqsynthetic.asp Harness your anger at the pump. Call you're US Senators and demand they break ground on America's energy independence by encouraging an American synfuel industry in this decade. If you don’t raise your voice t
  • by Heather Location: pennsylvania on Apr 30, 2008 at 08:44 PM
    THose kids were so well behaved! and yes everyone is deffinetly feeling the pince
  • by Patsy Location: Jacksonville on Apr 30, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    Good job Christine! It would be very interesting to follow the Giorgi family to see how things progress.Will things improve? Get worse? Who knows. We would like to see how this family handles the high cost of EVERYTHING as their children grow. It is a shame things are so expensive.
  • by Bob Location: Tennessee on Apr 30, 2008 at 11:37 AM
    What a good looking family!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 at 05:41 AM
    Things are just gonna get worse. My husband and I work 2 jobs each and still find it hard to buy groceries and put gas in our vehicles for work. The price of everything is rising, but our wages arent going anywhere. Actually with health care on the rise, our wages will seem as if they have dropped. The big companies and government are hurting us all.
  • by Janet Location: Richlands on Apr 30, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    Christine's interview with the Giorgi family really hit home.It is so hard to feed a family of two, I can't imagine trying to raise a family at these high prices. The tips given were good and we are going to enforce them in our home.
  • by Anonymous Location: Martin County on Apr 29, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    recieved text message saying there was a gas strike on friday. Asking people not to buy gas on 5-2. Has anyone else? As for me I will not get fuel on Friday.

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