I am fortunate my employer gave pretty much everybody in the company a cost of living type pay raise to start this year (season actually) off. i have a company vehicle to and from work, so my gas usage is really pretty low to begin with. Gas is what i put in the hot rods to make them go, so i right it off to the hobby, and dont get too wrapped up about it. Food has gone up 12%. i know this because i pretty much by the same thing, week in, and week out.