Budgeting For the Driving and Grocery Bill

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Consuming a large portion of our monthly budgets is the cost of gas. Already more than $3 a gallon, there is speculation gas prices could reach $4 or more during the peak of the summer driving season.

Apple Tree Assistant Manager Mike Irick says just like other gasoline consumers, they too are feeling the price pinch.

"Instead of just having a service charge added on the deliveries most of the vendors that service all our meat and produce, even our grocery are adding on a fuel charge charge also," Irick said.

Irick said so far they haven't had to pass on that extra charge to their shoppers, at least not yet.

"Eventually, if things keep going up, the prices are on the gas, they might eventually show upon the invoice of the cost of the groceries will be going up," Irick said.

However, Irick does say customers will see a few store items fluctuate in their prices.

One item many shoppers more than likely will see an increase in price: produce. The surprise Easter freeze this year and the extreme cold snap back in December has seriously limited supplies.

"The availability not being there, the price would naturally going to go up," said Irick.

Texas Cooperative Extension family economic specialist Nancy Granovski says now is definitely the time to stop and readjust your budgets.

"People who are very, very busy they might have to stop for a little which and actually put their own finances under the microscope," Granovski said.

Granovski says one way that people could combat current gas prices is group errands together or eliminate some altogether. Her big piece of advice is to know exactly how and where you spend your money.

"Know what your needs are. Be aware of where your money really is going," Granovski said. "And redirect your dollars if you find that the way in which you're spending your money isn't really going to be serving you as well as you thought it was going to be."