High gas prices have business owners, consumers pinching pennies

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

For most people, when the gas gauge starts to lean towards 'E,' you know you're about to shell out a substantial amount of money for fuel. But the effects of fuel costs don't stop with just your car.

A cup of Starbucks coffee costs about the same amount as a gallon of gas. But as fuel prices continue to climb, people are pinching pennies in more places than just at the pump.

Cheese is the main ingredient for most good Tex-Mex, but it's not cheap.

"It's an astronomical amount in a short period of time."

Salitas Mexican Restuarant owner Mark Rawlings says the easy melt cheese ran about $33 for years, and then climbed to $40. Today, the Durant restaurant owner pays $93 for an industrial container of their Mexican food mainstay.

"They say it was milks gone up, and they say that's because corn's gone up, and fertilizer's gone up. It all trickles down. And it all comes back to fuel prices."

It’s basic cause and effect. The ingredients from these enchiladas come mostly by truck trucks use diesel fuel. Prices for diesel hover near four dollars a gallon, and someone has to pay for it.

"We have to pass the cost onto the business; the retailer's got to pass it onto to retail the product."

Consumers then feel the pinch, choosing their purchases wisely.

"Sometimes we go to the grocery store there's things you'll pass up or buy a lesser brand of because your money is going toward gas."

For Rawlings, he says it's a balancing act when wholesale prices get higher.

"We're trying to do the best we can to try and keep up with the cost of everything and still keep our prices where people can afford it."

Some say the trouble spots in our economy like the housing market, credit crisis, and job loss can be traced back to gas prices but now it's up to Washington to decide the next step.


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  • by David Location: Sherman on Mar 19, 2008 at 02:27 PM
    I agree with Mike. President Bush started pushing his energy program, which included increased use of ethanol. This pushed the demand for corn up, cattle men then had to start feeding their herds wheat because the price of corn went up then this pushed the price of wheat and flour up. So on and so forth, but it does not appear that the ethanol program has help the gas situation any. It has just helped to push the price of groceries higher. It will take generations to fix what our current president has messed up, and I don't even want to get into the Iraq mess that he has created. God please help us all because we are going to need it inorder to recover from the last 7 years. Can very many people honestly say that they are better off now then they were before George W. took office????
  • by Electile Dysfunction Location: Texoma on Mar 19, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    Which blue pill do you suggest will solve this problem? Maybe Bush screwed things up in your opinion, but the current choice of candidates running to "fix" things are REALLY SCARY!! Wake me when it's over.
  • by Mike Location: Sherman on Mar 19, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    One way or another it all goes back to the President that should not have been elected in 2000. He has screwed this country up in more ways than one and thing will never be the same again.
  • by HERE Location: GONE on Mar 19, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    EVERYONE NEEDS NOT TO BY GAS FOR 2 OR 3 DAYS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND THATS THE TRUTH WHY ARE WE GIVING IN ON THE GAS THING NO ONE HAS TO GO OUT TO EAT OR RUN TO WAL MART FOR THE HECK OF IT DONT BY GAS AND THEY WILL LOWER THE PRICES IF THE STATE OF TEXAS DID THIS FOR 2 DAYS THEY WOULD LOWER THE PRICES
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2008 at 08:07 AM
    If people are so worried about high prices, then why do they still eat out? Why not learn to cook and save a fortune?
  • by Steve Location: Whitesboro on Mar 19, 2008 at 07:15 AM
    Perhaps one way of saving money would be the restaurants serving smaller portions of food instead of the jumbo plate that most americans are use to eating. I can't tell you how many times I have left almost half the food on my plate! Just take a look at most people at a buffet. they could live off their fat reserves for quite awhile.
  • by Eddie Location: Sherman on Mar 19, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    I agree with "Tired", If the cost of gas goes up a nickel, it is passed on to the farmer,who passes it on to his buyer, who passes it on and so on. The problem is that they don't just pass it on, they each add thier own nickel to the end price. The consumer doesn't have a chance. Besides,how is it that the price of gas going up is "news"? It would be "NEWS" if it started going down. I'm so tired of all the everyday bashing and reminders of "the price of gas going up" and the "Scare reports" of how high it's going to go, that I have chosen to stop listening to the "news". It amazes me how ativists join together to "save the whales" or some bird no one has ever heard of, but people just don't join together to say "we are tired of the price gouging on gas and are not going to take it any more" That many are willing to pay $4 a cup for coffee, over $2 for a bottle of water, that mind set may just be the problem. If I was willing to pay that, I wouldn't complain about the price of gas.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    A "cost of living" raise would raise prices even more, as employers would have to raise their prices and fees to cover the raises.
  • by working to LIVE Location: oklahoma on Mar 19, 2008 at 04:06 AM
    I have posted about this before and finally it comes out in a news story. We are not afraid and "holding onto money", we are surviving. We have nobody to pass our increased costs along to...for some reason our employers just don't accept those kinds of proposals.
  • by Tired of being Gouged Location: United States on Mar 18, 2008 at 07:51 PM
    Corn has gone up in price because it's the "New Fuel". And that bucket of popcorn at the movie will be more than the movie ticket soon. Everyone's in it to gouge our eyes out and stick it to us. Anyone get a "cost of living" raise lately to match the cost of living??? NO
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