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East Texans Make Lifestyle Changes As Prices Creep Closer To $4.00

Lowering prices at the pump. That's the goal of lawmakers, who passed a bill this week to stop deliveries to the strategic oil reserves. As KLTV 7's Courtney Lane discovers in tonight's Pain At The Pump, prices are so outrageous that many East Texans are changing the way they live, even cutting out vacations.

Prices keep creeping up, close to the $4 mark now.

"Just a few years ago I about hit the roof when it cost $50 to fill up a tank and now that's half a tank," said Steve Guidry. 

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, but many East Texans said it won't feel like much of a holiday with these prices.

"I thought about barbecuing but I may have to cut back on that too," said Vincent Williams. 

"I planned on driving to Florida but it'll probably be somewhere like Galveston, somewhere closer," said Charla Dickerson. 

Guidry said his family traded in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars.

"My son had a pickup truck that got about 13 miles to the gallon and now we've turned it in for one that gets about 25 miles a gallon, so that'll be good."

Others are even buying less food and have stopped going out.

"It went up from $45 to $60 so you've got to cut back on certain things," said Dickerson.  "Some amenities like eating out and stuff."

"If you don't have to have it, don't buy it," said Williams.

"I'm just having to work more to make ends meet," said Guidry. 

Fed-up drivers said we need to look at our own resources.

"We need to drill more oil and not depend on other countries," said Lynn Payne. 

But until something is done, East Texans are forced to cut back on the frills, including summer vacations.

Gas prices rose Friday for the tenth day straight. AAA said they're now up almost 22 percent from this time last year.

Courtney Lane, Reporting  clane@kltv.com

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