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5/24/07-Longview

East Texas Family Feeling Pain At Pump & At Home

Gas prices are still through the roof. Right now, the national average for regular unleaded gas has topped $3.22 a gallon. That's up 37 cents from a month ago. It's a situation that has caused many East Texans to change their habits. One mom in particular says she's found herself in a no-win situation, having to choose between time spent with her kids or gasoline for the car.  

Pumping gas for Kristina Daniels of Longview isn't just a dent in her pocketbook anymore. It's changing her whole way of life.

"We only have so much money and we just don't know what else to do," says Kristina.

For the past three years she's been a stay at home mom to 19-month-old Larkin and four-year-old Bryan, but now she's having to find a part time job just to buy gas.

"It's getting to the point where either I have to find a job, or we just have to quit driving a vehicle," she says.

It's time away from her kids and daycare isn't an option because Bryan has autism.

"We're normal everyday working people and we're having to live paycheck to paycheck and yet the gas keeps going up, you know, it just seems like yes I just put $50 in my vehicle, but where did it all go?," she adds.

Her husband works overnight at Dana Corp, having to drive 24 miles round trip--a trip that's so expensive they're now taking money out of savings. 

"It's not good on anybody we you have to keep dipping into your savings because it's only there for so long, wish it could last forever but it doesn't"

But Kristina says what pains her most is having to say no to her kids--no to trips to the zoo and no to trips to their favorite park.

"We're having to make sacrifices that we don't want to make with our kids."

Sacrifices that's causing her family a different kind of pain at the pump.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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