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Gas prices: Cary man with 128-mile commute hopes for home sale

Rockford Register Star (IL) -- ROCKFORD — With the home selling season nearly upon him, Tim Enzbigilis is gutting through winter’s spiking gas prices.

Pump prices the past three weeks rose more than 40 cents a gallon for unleaded and for someone who drives more than 600 miles a week, it’s a financial hit. That increase is the equivalent of an extra $60 a month for the 45-year-old Cary man.

But it beats being jobless. After three years without work, Enzbigilis found a job in Rockford spraying polyurethane insulation in late 2012. Until he sells his home in Cary he’ll commute 128 miles a day in his Ford F-150 to and from Rockford. His gas cost: About $25 a day, roughly $500 a month.

“It’s almost unaffordable, but it’s a job and I’ll be moving up here soon,” said Enzbigilis.

Gregg Laskoski, a petroleum analyst for GasB


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tomok
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 6:43:01 PM

Cary man with 128-mile commute hopes for home sale! You have to do what you have to do, a means of support is very important especially when being unemployed for three years. Moving closer to you job to minimize costs are important too! Until the house is sold and you are out from under its cost, then things will improve. But driving a Ford F-150 for a 128 mile commute is a very bad choice. A F-150 is for hauling large or heavy items or pulling various size trailers, NOT as a daily driver with only the driver at the wheel.
Gas prices are too high to make any long distance commute possible or reasonable.
'Coming out of the closet' Sneeky's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the jobs are Not here. Sneeky's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down and NOT improving!
And, Sneeky's spending has gone out of control and gone wild!
Drives vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:53:40 AM

Better if he got a used gas-efficient car like a metro for the commute

[Edited by: Gnusman53 at 2/8/2013 10:54:50 AM EST]
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:02:18 AM

Ouch
CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:11:46 AM

Back in the golden days I'd have said, "Quit your whining, buy a smaller car and move closer to work!" But these days, that isn't always possible or practical. I feel for the guy; when I lived in Bumscratch, Mississippi I knew of several people who were working minimum wage or slightly better jobs and commuting hundreds of miles in old jalopies because there is no public transportation out in the country. Back when gas was $4/gallon they were spending more on gas than on food and bills!

Makes me really glad I bought into fuel efficient and fun TDI diesels back in 2000. If I had "Cary man"'s commute, 600 a week would be less than one tank for me, and it would cost only $49 to do that each week. That's $196 a month versus his gas guzzling truck's $500 a month.

Unless he needs the truck for his job, he'd be wise to sell it (even at a small loss) and buy something fuel efficient and used.
Zonk
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:57:24 AM

Sometimes you must do odd things to stay afloat.
vulcan96
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:57:03 AM

did that many times
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:56:20 AM

 
Tigercat88
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:52:08 AM

We are all in the same boat.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:51:51 AM

Good luck
VetteFan
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:47:53 AM

With the American public, anything's possible.
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:39:44 AM

Good luck selling that thing... I'd just rent a motel room!
CarefreeVT
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:38:31 AM

I think it's time we all did something about this situation in this Country.
hybridaholic
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:37:21 AM

Sometimes a job 100 miles away is better than NO job.
Kawibiker
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:35:38 AM

sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do.. but with the cost of gas, I would have looked a lot closer to home for a job and maybe taken something that did not pay as well, but the gas saving would have helped make it up.. but then a lot of people live way beyond their means, and when that job they had goes away, and you got to look for something else to keep what you have.. that can be very difficult.. better to not live on all the overtime etc.. so when you get cut to 40 hours or less, you can make it..
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:34:28 AM

Who in the right mind will accept job that far unless you take into consideration commuting time, road hazard, truck depreciation and gas factored in. It must be good paying job after all.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:34:26 AM

and we need to drill
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:34:00 AM

He needs a Volkswagen Diesel, TDI, 73 mpg.
RAE344
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:33:30 AM

He is doing what he has to do. Nothing wrong with that. A shiny example to us all.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:32:57 AM

More to come.
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:31:06 AM

Nice story.
REKEY
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:29:51 AM

I am surprised he was able to keep his home!
pa79th
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:29:01 AM

That's nice, but what does this have to do with the price of gasoline?
Godozo
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:28:57 AM

Hope he can get a newer car soon enough...something that saves money...as well as find a new place to live.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:27:28 AM

Cary Indiana, Cary Indiana, Cary Indiana that's the place I'd rather be....
oops, sorry that was Gary Indiana & this story was from Illinois.
ManOfLeisureII
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:24:15 AM

Old news...but good luck to him.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:24:05 AM

Sure.
10k
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:23:39 AM

after the company my niece's husband worked for went out of business, the closest thing he could find in his field was 85 miles one way-170 miles daily, 850 miles weekly..fortunately, he has since found a job only 40 miles away, 80 miles daily..
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:23:37 AM

must have a good paying job
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:23:36 AM

prices keep going up
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:23:24 AM

Too Much...........................
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:23:18 AM

Wow, 128 miles, good luck, that's all I can say...
Jmac2008
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:23:17 AM

so sell the truck and get something that gets better than 16mpg.
JCClark2012
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:22:14 AM

Old news.
jorod55
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:22:02 AM

Buy a trailer.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:20:37 AM

crooks
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:20:28 AM

OK
billbillON
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:19:13 AM

greed
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:19:01 AM

ouch
Glock26
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:18:45 AM

Pure greed!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:18:39 AM

A Prius might be better for him..
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:18:03 AM

no kidding
silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:16:47 AM

I wish him luck.
sjhman
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:15:00 AM

Wow, I feel for him
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:14:46 AM

yep
regout
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:14:43 AM

It not worthed to work.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:14:24 AM

Got to admire the man's determination
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:12:43 AM

He should get a thriftier car!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:11:07 AM

At least he is willing to work instead of being on the government dole. Good for him!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:09:56 AM

again another sad state of arrairs for employment. pretty soon we might become gysies travelling all over .
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:09:00 AM

Good luck to him.
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I'd like to read new news.
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