Assistant production editor, 24, Norwalk, Conn.
In October 2007, when I started my job, I paid just under $250 per month on gas. This month I'm on track to spend $310.
Three days ago, a gas station in Branford, Conn. - commonly the cheapest spot for gas in the state which I'm lucky enough to pass on a daily basis - was selling regular at $3.79 a gallon. Yesterday, it was $3.89. Today, when I had to fill up, it was $3.93. I fill up every three days.
I'm spending more for gas each month ($310) than I spend on my car payment ($293).
I may be up for a promotion soon, in which case I plan to negotiate for one day a week during which I can work from home. It's the only respite I can envision, considering gas is going nowhere but up. NEXT: Warren Jackson: Carpooling pays off