Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

64 of 65
Shannon McCauley: Burned by fuel costs
Shannon McCauley: Burned by fuel costs
Shannon with her husband, Travis
Owner of Smokin' Stokes BBQ & Catering, 28, Greenville, S.C.

My husband and I own a small restaurant. Smokin' Stokes is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. I cannot even remember the last time we even had a catering. Our in-store sells have dropped almost 50%.

We have tried almost everything to cut down on our overhead, but nothing seems to work. There are so many less people eating out these days. We have opened credit card accounts just to pay our bills, and those are almost maxed out. When that happens we do not know what we will do.

We are in our late 20s with a 2-year-old child and a mortgage. We are at the end of our rope. The answer is obvious: CUT FUEL COSTS NOW.

NEXT: Your story
Last updated November 15 2009: 6:21 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
Black Friday 2015 in pictures Shoppers around the country braved the crowds to get their hands on the best Black Friday deals. More
Driving the ultimate in '50s Mercedes-Benz style The SC was the car that re-introduced Mercedes-Benz as a global luxury car icon. More
Driving the world's first car Driving a replica of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, the first internal combustion automobile. More

Special Offer