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    Posted October 9, 2012 by
    San Diego, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Surging gas prices

    Gasoline Devastates Family's Food Budget


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     techindustry photographed this image of La Mesa, California, gas prices on October 8. He says, 'I was sitting at a stop light in my car with my wife when I saw the gasoline prices and panicked. I remember thinking that I didn't know how I was going to fill the gas tank (which was below the 1/4 mark) and feed my family at the same time,' he says. 'I hope the news report will draw the attention of our elected officials and that they will effectively put pressure on the oil and gas companies to lower fuel costs. Better yet, I hope it draws sympathy from the corporations involved in pricing the fuel to have a heart and lower the prices.'
    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    Yesterday, the Shell gas station posted $4.74 per gallon for regular gasoline, in San Diego. Today when I drive by the station, who knows what it’s going to be.

    Shipping costs are affected by the price of gasoline and inflate the prices of food; however, many Californians' are frustrated that the news media hasn’t covered how gasoline prices affect families before they even get to the grocery store.

    If you are looking at the gasoline prices rise like I am, you are probably wondering how you are going fill the fridge with food, when other costs are attached to the prices of gasoline such as education.

    My daughter's school has only one bus route and has to be driven back and forth to school on a daily basis. This in addition to other everyday travel needs taxes our budget to the limits.

    What's left in food money? $75.00 for two weeks. For a family of three, you are probably wondering how I feed my family as a father and husband. I go to food banks, get payday loans, use credit cards, and borrow from friends. Not only has racking up debt made the problem worse, but it has made our food dwindle in the long run.

    I opened the fridge yesterday and it was empty. I can’t help thinking that it is a direct result of the gasoline prices and when I drive to the gas station later today, the prices will be even higher. I will have to dig deep in my pocket for a $5 bill to get just one gallon of gasoline.

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