Gas hit $3.45 here, and sadly it appears to only be getting higher by the day.
Unfortunately, there's not that much we really can do about it overall, since DH has to get to work. We are sadly only going out once a week a now, that includes any stores, and the library.
I've noticed prices skyrocketing in the store on everything, and I am incredibly thankful for the little bit that we have already stockpiled... and wishing we had much more stockpiled. In the last week I have noticed, for instance, paper towels jump up 10 cents per roll at WalMart. Just since we have moved, I'd say the cost of goods overall in the stores have jumped 20%.
Unfortunately we won't have very much extra fundage over the next two months to help add to our stockpile before prices continue to rise even higher, so I am going to have to get creative. I do realize I am going to have to be the one to buckle down - I don't quite think it's "clicked" into my husband's mind as to exactly how bad it is going to get over the next year for the economy. Nice try to George Bush's plan (I appreciate it) but a $600 bandaid only repairs one month worth of losses (ie: the extra cost of higher gas, electricity and food) and nothing else.
I did discover today that our local Dollar Tree has hidden all the way in the back, a decent selection of frozen goodies (all name brands) at a better price than the grocery store. I found 16 oz of frozen peaches, 12 oz of frozen strawberries, and even a box of garlic toast. There were other deals in the case that I may have to try further down the road.