King Daddy took a cold shower yesterday. We were out of oil. He called our oil company and they delivered 100 gallons. He wrote a check for $419.
I would like some advice and/or comments on how it is that we (the we at large not only my family) are supposed to live? How are we supposed to go about our daily lives, put gas in our cars, heat our homes and make sure that we have hot water? How?
My income has not gone up as fast as oil prices and it will never increase that much at the standard 3% increase annually. King Daddy is a teacher and bound by the union. His increases are even smaller as his salary caps out.
Since I went back to work in August of 2007 gas prices have increased by 47%. We were in a price guarantee with our oil company until May 1st of $2.82/gal. The price currently at our oil company is $3.94/gal, an increase of 28%.
I know this issue affects everyone, so what are we to do? My plans for redoing the porch and adding more fabulous landscaping are cancelled. We now must asses our home's insulation needs, research a wood pellet stove and perhaps new windows for upstairs.
We will not be able to afford to heat our home with oil prices at $3.94/gal. Our oil tank has a capacity of 250 gallons+/-, in order to heat our home to 63 degrees in the coldest months, it would cost my family approximately $985 every 6 weeks. Something we simply cannot afford.
Are we now officially part of the Working Poor?