I got gas today. The cheapest place I know was $4.24/gal. And gas prices affect more than just what you put in your tank. Every item you buy in a store got there on a vehicle that consumes gas. That is often charged per case as a surcharge from the supplier, usually around 5¢. That small fee adds up quickly, and is commonly passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices. It's only good business sense. What I don't understand is that the last time oil was $110 a barrel - just a few years ago - gas was around $3.50. It didn't get to $4.50 until oil hit $149. How come they get to charge more now?
Anyway, where was I? I already covered a lot of ways to buy food at lower prices in the post Shopping Smart. Now, I'm going to find ways to make lower-priced meals using those and other tactics which don't look like I was consciously trying to save money.