Even though gas prices have stabilized at around $2.99 (remember when gas was $1.00? oh, adult nostalgia: gotta love it), we're trying to avoid the pump as much as possible. Ed's been driving to BU for his long days (7-7 on Mondays and Wednesdays), but parking was at least $12/day. This weekend Ed bought a bike. I wasn't convinced that we we'd save money because there are only so many weeks before the weather won't allow such commuting (and then it's onto public transportation which is about $5.00/day). Ed argued the health factors (10 mile bike ride a day) and that a bike was an inexpensive second "vehicle." He left this morning at 7:10- two bags on his back (ugh), made it to BU by 7:55, showered and called to say he arrived safely. Of course.
We should probably start putting the money we save on gas aside for the winter heating bills. The neighbors (fellow counseling psych doctoral canditates at Boston College) told us that their average heating bill last winter was around $140/month. That was before Katrina. Know any great sweater discount stores?