Do you ever find yourself thinking of what you could be spending your money on if gas were cheaper?
As college students, most of us are on tight budgets. These budgets force us to live on ramen noodle diets, drink bottom-shelf liquor and, with high gas prices, think twice about when and where to drive our cars.
But just imagine what life would be like if gas prices were back down to around $1 per gallon.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the last time gas was $1 per gallon was in 1998, when the last episode of “Seinfeld” was aired and President Bill Clinton “did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
I think lower gas prices would allow college students to eat healthier.
Recently I’ve been dieting, exercising and trying to live a healthier life. Dieting is not cheap and sometimes very inconvenient.
The rush to find something to eat before class is a prime example. We are in a rush to find lunch before our afternoon classes, so we are left with a few choices: go to a sandwich shop, deli or something similar and get a reasonably healthy sandwich for lunch close to $5 or more.
The other option would be to go to the local fast-food restaurant where you could get a greasy, calorie-filled burger, fries and a drink for a bit less money. If we didn’t have to pay so much for gas, our budget for lunch wouldn’t be as much of an issue, and instead we could begin to look at the health quality of our food.
If gas were cheaper, the next thing I would consider is traveling.
Mount Pleasant does have its perks, but if you’ve been here for a few years (five years in my case), this town gets a little boring.
With gas prices not affecting me as much, I would definitely consider taking a trip out to one of our beautiful Great Lakes, maybe down to Detroit to catch a Lions or Tigers game or just taking backroads somewhere to explore our gorgeous state.
Or maybe we could use that extra money to go and treat ourselves. Most of us are hard working individuals and deserve a reward.
Wouldn’t you love to go out and buy the newest rave in smartphone technology, or that 80-inch, 3D TV that you and all your friends could watch the game or the latest AMC thriller on? With the savings you would have from cheaper gas prices, some of these things could definitely be possible.
Gas might never go back below $2 per gallon, so for now, get used to your ramen noodle soup and hope that maybe one day we will not fear the pump.