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Fuel prices put crimp in spring break

Des Moines Register -- Spring break this year for many Iowa college students will mean soaking up the sun by day, partying at night, and paying higher prices at the gasoline pump around the clock.

In fact, just the cost of driving to the land of tanning lotion, bikinis and white sand beaches may require cutting back on other spending.

For Derek Temple, 20, of Johnston, a sophomore at Drake University, spring break will mean road-tripping this month to Daytona Beach, Fla., with four or five college friends. It’s a 22-hour one-way trek, and they figure their round-trip fuel bill will be about $400 to $500.

“Yeah, it is definitely going to cost us some money, but the hotel is cheap enough that we can afford the gas. So we decided to go, and there are enough of us to split it,” said Temple, who is majoring ...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 6:10:01 AM

spring break is for a few, the rest of the people don't care about that.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 3:21:00 AM

It's been a long time since spring break!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle is, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 1:19:50 PM

Thank you for posting.
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vangobrown
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 12:00:36 PM

Spring breaks cannot do or go anywhere, need money to pay for books
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 7:57:42 AM

And many of these same students will vote for Obama anyway.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 3:50:00 AM

It's been a long time since spring break!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle is, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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anascom
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 3:20:17 AM

nothing new!
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 2:16:38 AM

a good time to practice thinking out of the box to find a better way to do spring break. every generation does something unique.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 1:08:39 AM

YeahSure how is that change workin' out? 237 days until the election. Bring on the change.
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NemoIL
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 12:15:36 AM

High fuel prices are changing our culture. Obama promised us change, But it looks like his change is not the good kind.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 12:11:47 AM

do they even know that there is an oil problem,they are more concerned about the cost of a 30 pack
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 12:02:37 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:58:46 PM

are we surprised?
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Shakleelady31
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:58:42 PM

Wonder if they're putting it on a new credit card? Going into debt for spring break?
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:58:38 PM

Better the college students spending their money on gas rather than booze.
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Buddy up is the best
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:54:40 PM

slow it down but it won't stop the college bunch, they will find a way
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:54:35 PM

Interesting...
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:53:49 PM

I've got travel plans... but driving will only be to the nearest Amtrak station.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:52:47 PM

I'm staying home.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:51:07 PM

not just spring break
EVERYTHING
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:48:54 PM

If you can't afford vacation because of gasoline prices, then plan a staycation.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:41:46 PM

Well what did you expect? It is hurting all of us, thanks to Obama.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:37:14 PM

carpooling will save alot od gas
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:30:51 PM

Welcome to the new world of auterity. Which will last at least a decade or until huge government debts are pared back.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:30:34 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:30:03 PM

Here is a thought,,, boycott usage.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:28:29 PM

and the gas prices will start to affect the family vacation
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:26:46 PM

Aaaahhh--to be young again & fiscally irresponsible. Let them have their fun--the harsh realities of adult life will hit them soon enough.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:25:41 PM

Fascinating.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:21:06 PM

So they spend more money on gas than on beer.....problem?
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:19:23 PM

I won't be going anywhere because of outragous gas prices and besides I don't have 3-4 buddies to share the cost of gas with.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:18:45 PM

That will hurt!
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:14:57 PM

Those that have will and those that are partying will anyway :P
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:12:49 PM

greed is NOT limited to spring.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:10:53 PM

Prices put a crimp in daily living.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:10:52 PM

Makes sense, families are not like the federal government they can't print more money.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:09:42 PM

Fuel prices are going to put a crimp in more things than just spring break.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:08:45 PM

Yea costing way to much...
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:08:44 PM

Thanks your local greedy speculator.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:08:01 PM

There is so much more to worry about than whether teens can go on spring break or not.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:05:54 PM

spring break could be spent doing service work locally and trips sponsored by the schools
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:05:27 PM

Check the grocery prices too!!!....
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:04:11 PM

They are putting a crimp in a lot of things.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:00:58 PM

I can't go anywhere during spring break anyway.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 10:56:52 PM

and everything else
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 10:54:25 PM

Of course, students can't afford travel at these prices
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 10:53:50 PM

BUMMER!
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Welcome to the real world...
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 10:50:09 PM

Yep.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 10:44:56 PM

too bad
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