Deaver, along with most of Wyoming, is an agricultural area. Many here are ranchers and farmers. High gas prices have had, and will have unless they continue to decrease, a profound effect upon people in this area. It effects and impacts a farmer or ranchers business on a daily basis due to the use of large, heavy duty equipment in order to perform their duties. High gas prices will also have an effect on people in Wyoming during the winter months. We had our first snow of the year a couple of days ago so we are turning our heaters on a little bit earlier than we normally do.
For me, the rise in gas prices has especially hit hard. Living in a rural area means I, along with many other Wyomingians, travel on a daily basis to our places of employment. Towns are few and far between here. Friday, I filled my gas tank friday, to do so cost me $30.00, I drive 16 miles to work each way. I live in a town of 200 people, there are no jobs in my town. The same can be said for many who live in Wyoming, my town is not the only small town. To fill my gas tank, I have to work three hours in one week. THREE HOURS. Just to fill my gas tank so I can go to work.
Usually, during the summer months, I like to travel around Wyoming if I can and indulge in a hobby of mine, photography. This past summer I did not drive anywhere at all. I stayed home. Photography for me, provided an outlet and way of getting out of my home, it made me DO something. I work nights, so while I am at home during the day sleeping, everyone else is at work. My nights off find me sitting alone as everyone is asleep. Photography was for me, an inexpensive way (digital camera), to learn about Wyoming; it is not my native state, learn about the people here, and provided me a creative outlet of some sort. A creative outlet I can actually do to some extent. It is a form of entertainment for myself. It helps keep me from becoming a total “couch potato”.
I am afraid to find out what my monthly heating bill will be each this year. I finally turned the heater on the day before yesterday because it started snowing early this year. I had been holding off as long as I could in order to save a little bit of money. I own my home outright so do not have the worry of a mortgage. I only make $9.50 an hour and I support myself. (God only knows how families do it, especially those who make less money than I do). Last year my monthly heating bills were approximately $95.00 a month. One area I have been able to save money in is choosing a registered office service. I live alone. The only thing heated by gas in my home is my water and the heating for my home. That’s it.
High gas prices have also had an effect on groceries, the farmer has to raise his prices in order to cover the cost of farming or ranching which in turn effects the transportation industry, those who get the food to us. A gallon of milk is almost $4.00 a gallon, a loaf of cheap bread is $1.50, a pound of grapes, on sale, is $4.00. Many hear of how eating healthy is so much better for you, and I agree, but it is hard to eat healthy when you can’t afford even fresh fruit or vegetables. Buying the 10 for $10.00 boxes or envelopes of rice or noodles, that are very high in sodium and other things, becomes something that will fill yours or your children’s tummy, forget eating healthy.
Gas prices, due to the economy crisis, appear to be going down…I hope this continues. I will be able to breathe a little easier as I am sure many others will be able to also. High gas prices have had an effect on so many things, from traveling, I work in the travel industry and we did see less tourists where I work, to transportation and food costs. It is even harder to take when it effects basic needs, food. Everyone needs food in order to survive.