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The Most Overpriced Expense in 2008

Gas may be relatively cheap at the moment, but this Summer we were shelling out more than $4 a gallon at the pump. When prices inched toward $5, many of us wondered how we would afford to keep driving. Forty-eight percent of you voted gasoline as the most overpriced expense in 2008, and I agree with the majority on this one.

You said the second most overpriced expense is higher education, and with college tuition becoming increasingly unaffordable I can see why you'd rank this one toward the top of the list. For those who have them, student loans are a constant reminder that education is expensive, and for those of us who are thinking about having children, the thought of the future price tag on college is downright scary.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well there really was a period of time that gas was insane and that made the thought of commuting THAT MUCH WORSE = but now that it's back down - it's not sooooo awful.
pioneers pioneers 8 years
bluepuppybites-- higher ed is INCREDIBLY expensive, especially for non-traditional students. However, there are a lot of ways you can afford school for your kids (congrats, by the way!) without having to take out a ton of loans. As a recent college grad, I can definitely attest to the power of scholarships and grants. Making sure that your kids are serious about learning is important, and when they get a bit older there are two huge helps that made the difference in having little to no debt: + HONOR PROGRAMS! There are programs in many schools that cater to the kids who enter with higher GPA's. I joined my college's honor program and received a few thousand off each year. They require an extra application, but saving $8,000 is worth it. + SCHOLARSHIPS! This seems old, but a lot of people (parents and students alike) are completely unaware as to the crazy amount of scholarships available to high school and college students. Asking a guidance counselor in high school is a good start, and departments/schools will alert your child to others while in college. The thing is, many students just never take the time to fill out the form. It's much easier than you'd think. Sorry if this was long-winded or unwarranted, but I get pretty passionate about helping others avoid huge amounts of college debt. I've seen my friends and their families going through it and it's awful. However, if you make sure to stay vigilant about things like scholarships, grants, etc., you'll be fine-- I'm living proof.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Airline tickets are ridiculously overpriced.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
The price of higher education does scare me. I want to go back to school next year, and I'm not sure we can afford it. Also we have one daughter with a crap-load of money stocked away for college, I wonder will it be enough, and then we just found out we have another one on the way.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I'm glad gas has gotten cheaper. $1.53 in most places I see around here. But yeah, gas was definitely overpriced, and college tuition will always be overpriced. Well, it may change if we see a huge decrease in people going to college just because of the expense.
krae85 krae85 8 years
gas is sooo cheap now. Which is great for consumers, not so great for the big companies, like the one my husband works for, eek.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
I payed $0.33 a gallon the other day at safeway. I put in my Safeway club member number and it said I had $1.33 off a gallon. I wasn't going to argue :) A full tank for 3.79. The joy!
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