I noticed that filling my car up was costing more months ago. $50 became $80 and now my most recent fill-up cost $103. When gas cost was $80 per fill-up I started using my credit card to pay for it. Fill my tank now and worry about paying my credit card balance later. I did this for the months of April and May. I have a balance on my credit card that I cannot pay off.
For the month of June, I am no longer doing any unnecessary driving. I can’t afford gas. I took my son to Dunkin Donuts yesterday which is only a few miles from our house to buy a breakfast sandwich and hash browns. I decided to put $15 of gas in my tank and it did not even give me three gallons.
Higher prices got me struggling. I chose to take my son out for some food. The $7 I spent at Dunkin would not have got me far with any bill that I have. The fifteen-minute drive to and from felt great and we listened to a cd of his choosing. It was a treat to get out of the house and do anything.
Grocery wise I have noticed some items going up in cost but I have been able to purchase alternatives and get everything we need. Until this month. Ground chicken and ground turkey are now the same prices as beef at my stores. Breaded chicken strips went from $7 to $10.99. I normally spend about $280 on groceries for my son and me. For June it was $323. I bought very few convenience items. I’m finding some pantry stable items cheaper by purchasing from Amazon.
Pet food has gone up as well. I am worried about having enough money to pay bills and purchase things I need. I need to think of ways to cut costs and earn more money. I am feeling uncomfortable with my finances.