High Cost Of Everything Affects ECU Commuter Students

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

We've talked a lot about how the price of oil is putting a crimp into everyone's spending.

In the past decade the price of gas has gone up $2.43 cents. Even if you don't drive that much the price of oil still affects you. That's because it costs so much more to transport the goods and to make them as well.

I'm taking a look into how someone who has to drive a pretty significant distance everyday is dealing the with gas prices.

LaToyna Taylor is one person directly affected by the high gas prices. She's an East Carolina University commuter student, meaning the more she drives the more she fills up and the more she spends.

Taylor said, "I live about 45 min away and I also work during the week, so I'll usually go through a tank or 50 dollars worth."

She's finding herself in the crunch many American's are lately, controlled by the high price of oil. Economists say there's actually been a decrease in the amount of fuel people are using. Taylor doesn't have that luxury because she has to go to class everyday. But she makes sure she gets the most of of her hour and half round trip.

Taylor says she spends an extra 30 to 50 dollars a week now then when she first started commuting a year ago


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on May 1, 2008 at 03:38 PM
    Sorrry readers that this comment section turned into a tee-teeing contest. Sorry.
  • by one2one Location: greenville,nc on May 1, 2008 at 04:07 AM
    First shame on you for telling your mothers business I'm sure she wouldn't want the whole world to know exactly what she brings in.Second I didn't assume anything by your saying how would you like to live on XXX you said volumes and if you do help her out by $600 probably would do better keeping that to yourself as well.Good luck to your mother she sounds like she needs it.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Apr 30, 2008 at 08:03 PM
    one2one, (after thing for a while) How dare you think or question that I would not care for my mother. How dare you make that assumption.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Apr 30, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    one2one, I do to the tune of about $600 per month. I just wanted LaTonya to understand lifes lessons. You one2one should not jump to conclusions, shame on you.
  • by one2one Location: greenville,nc on Apr 30, 2008 at 07:00 PM
    Catus just as your mother raised you we must raise our parents so get off your lazy behind grab your checkbook and help the poor woman out!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Apr 30, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    Sorry LaTonya, life lesson 101. How would you like to be my mother(85) who lives on $746 per mounth paying for her home insurance, car insurance, utility bills, food, drugs ($256/mounth), gasoline, home maintainance, care for her pets,and care for the lawn that she can not do her self. We all have sad tails.
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