Update from Oregon II

by Dual Income No Kids on June 25, 2006 · 0 comments

Hi All,

Just wanted to sit down and let our readers know what we have been up to over the past few days.
Since Miel and I are getting married, we have been spending the past few days visiting family and making preparation for our wedding, we haven’t had a lot of time to discuss finance, or much of anything else for that matter.

That said, there were a couple of observations I wanted to share:

Gas Prices: Its brutal. Along the main highway in Oregon (Interstate 5), gas is running $2.99 to $2.89 a gallon. Since most of the state is rural, most people have have drive everywhere. What this means is that costs for EVERYTHING increase. For example, for my fiancee’s parents to buy groceries, they have to spend about a gallon of gas to get to the nearest grocery store. What this means is that they can automatically add $2.89 to the cost of whatever they are doing. If they buy a soda, they might spend maybe $1.29, now the soda costs $1.29+$2.89, or $4.18. Image that pretty much everyone in the US, is in the same boat, and its easy to see that the economic effects are huge.

I always knew this intellectually, but its totally different to witness it happening.

Wedding Overspending: We haven’t looked specifically at our wedding budget, but I guarantee you we’ve gone over by a LOT. How much specifically, I don’t know, but it might be in the range of a thousand or two.

But, you know what, I don’t care.

Our wedding is going to be a great party. I’m just going to hold onto my hat and see how crazy it gets.

Best,

James

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