My wife filled up our Civic to the tune of $32- $3.48/gallon. That's nearly 50 cents higher than what we were paying as recently as last quarter- and it isn't even summer, when the state-mandated switch to more expensive (but cleaner) gasolines is sure to cause supply problems and price spikes.
The cost of fueling my bicycle? Still zero.
The cost of transit? Still just $1.50 or less a ride!
We have reached the end of the cheap oil era. If you want to be able to reliably make a budget for yourself and your household from here on in, you are either going to have to allocate a whole lot of money for gasoline, or you are going to have to switch to less oil-dependent forms of transport. I encourage all of you out there in readerland to give it a try- dust off that bike in your garage (or pick one up used), ride it down to City Hall and buy a bus pass. (Don't forget your photo ID and utility bill.)
What are you waiting for? Gas prices aren't getting any better.