August 18th, 2008
05:12 PM ET

Economy's Impact

Even though gas prices have slid a bit over the past couple weeks, they're still through the roof, and you've probably noticed that the stuff you buy has gotten more expensive over the past year.

The economy has seen better days.

So here's your first sound-off of the academic year:  Have you noticed anything different in the first days of school?  I read a story today about longer walks to bus stops, canceled field trips, higher school lunch prices...  Tell us whether you've noticed anything in your area, and you might see your comments in an upcoming report on our show!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I haven't noticed much besides the stereotypical nationwide gas prices. Though I've noticed that the sale and construction of homes has decreased greatly.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Ara

    I really surprised about the higher food prices around my school and home. Not only high gas prices, but also high grain prices make people worried about their household economy. Even my wallet getting lighter:D. And many students use carpool when they go to school. Before, there were lots of students who went to school by their car, but now, I can’t find that kind of friends anymore. Anyway, I think the higher gas price is very serious problem for everyone, even for teenagers.

    August 19, 2008 at 6:17 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Yes, I've noticed 100 University presidents want to lower the drinking age to 18. Is this tied to the economy? I honestly believe this effort is motivated by the desire for these institutions to avoid the liability of underage drinking, nothing more. If it was over the concern for students, let them lower their tuition. It's a bottom line motivation for the "educational community". With skyrocketing tuition and now this, I am becoming more and more disillusioned at the motivation of our colleges and universities.

    August 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  4. Juni

    I have completely noticed it! A lot of teachers at our school left partially because our school couldn't afford a higher salary to support themselves. A lot of our teachers commuted from another city so their wallet kept getting lighter due to gas prices. I don't even drive to school anymore.

    August 19, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  5. Nathaniel

    I work hard and still with the gas and price of living, inflation boy. How
    do the poloticians, state and fedral workers give themselves raises and pats on the back when nothing changes. They don't really do much and here we are and they wont even raise the minimum wage to a decent level so people can eat and get around.
    Look we have the capability to create paradise with our technology and we chose instead to polute and cement over everything. go ahead cut down the rain forests lie, the president dose why not me, but the bottom line is we could be having fruit trees everywhere not ornimentals. Fruits, nuts and vegetables everywhere belive me it can be done walking arond eating of the trees and plants in paradise.
    I mean we can send a man to the moon but we cant plant some trees and plants???? The only thing in our way greed, the government and our lazzy selves.

    August 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  6. Ivy

    I think the rise in gas prices is more of a problem for teenagers right now than prices of school lunches and such. I haven't seen the prices of those rise but a few cents. But it seems everything else has, movie theatre ticket prices for example have gone crazy. I personally have to drive to another town to see a movie so by the time I get there its too expensive. It costs me $90 to fill up, and with the job market the way it is its so hard to have to enough money to pay for the gas. I'm so busy with school and extracurriculars during the week that the only time I can work is on Saturdays for $7 an hour, but that barely does anything for personal spending that is pass gas money of course. I think its interesting to see the teenagers are affected so much too. Its something going on in the world today that really so many age groups can relate too.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Tiffany

    Yeah! Things are more expensive than before now. Food prices, grain prices, and especially gas prices are sooo much higher now! 🙁

    August 20, 2008 at 8:41 am |
  8. Laura

    With the gas prices so high it getting hard to do ativities outside of school. But from what I hear the American dollar is tried to the price of gas. Yes the price of gas is very hard on teenagers today. Even the ones with a job buying their own gas it is killing them with the price. The movie prices are sky rocketing up as well to fit in the top ten items that are getting hard to buy. In the economies in food the price of beef is going lower and the price of milk and other dairy products are getting higher. How long will the prices keep raising and fallign this year what well be the out come of today economics. Who is to know what will happen?

    August 20, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  9. Makayla

    Since the economy is be the prices at school have really changed. Lunch prices have gone up and buses are missing stops. some things just don't sense though like how the buses are shipping kids halfway across town to schools. Hopefully in the next few years our economy will be a little smarter.

    August 21, 2008 at 12:24 am |
  10. Dustin

    Yes, I have noticed. At my house I used to get picked up at the end of my street, but now I have to walk almost half a mile to the bus stop. Because gas is going up if they make more stops they have to buy more gas but when they make less stops they save a lot of money. I have also noticed the prices of the school lunches going up, because the school has to buy the food and the school uses some of that money from our lunch to buy more food. The last thing I have noticed is that the food and other things at the stores prices are going up.

    August 21, 2008 at 12:31 am |
  11. Olivia

    I have noticed some changes in school this year. The bus routes are shorter than last year and the lunch prices have gone up! Also, school clothes and gas prices have gotten more expensive. Although I don't do anything different in school economics is still effecting schools across the nation! I went to my neighborhood Starbuck's last week and it was closed! This was probably because of the costs of food and coffee they serve everyday. AS you can see prices have effected everybody in the U.S.

    August 21, 2008 at 12:35 am |
  12. Blanca

    The prices on different things have gone up. Especially in school. The school lunch costs have gone to higher prices. Also, the school P.E. things. These are the different things that have gone up in Price.

    August 21, 2008 at 12:36 am |
  13. McKenzie

    I have noticed a difference in school. We had to bring our own copy paper to school. I think it's because school budgets were cut so they can't afford paper. Also, less buses are around to drive kids places. When we have field trips we have to pay a fine to ride. I hope the economy will get better......soon!!

    August 21, 2008 at 12:39 am |
  14. Austin

    I have seen the prices! my parents complained about the prices of my school supplies and how much they cost. We have taken every possible step to save money. I also noticed if there were a sale on anything, they were out. Fashion things were overstocked since they cost more than anything else. People have paper folders instead of the better plastic. As we know it, poverty is increasing. Recession is often used with prices. It might be happening right now. Hopefully, it is just a price spike.

    August 21, 2008 at 12:43 am |
  15. Dillon/Nemo

    If your willing to die for your country you should be abled to drink
    but it doesn't matter what the drinking age is teens will continue to break the law and drink under age.

    August 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  16. jb1879

    Gas companies have gotten the price of gas up and now they won't let it go back down but a few cents. What really grips me is that our elected officials don't have the back bone to address and fix the problem. The norm for many companies now is to get their prices as high as they can, no matter what their cost are, so that the stock holders make as much as they can before selling or the company folds under. Our local power company, CLECO, charges extra for their fuel cost and hurricane clean up and now they even charge each customer an extra $10.00 a month to read our meters and process our payment. Have you ever heard of any company who charges their customers extra to pay your bill?

    August 24, 2008 at 7:37 am |
  17. chireno

    Stevie: Gas has been stolen out of my car twice!
    Krissy: Me too!
    Mrs. King: I was scared to ask for class field trips!
    Aaron: We went to Chicago and it was like $4.20 a gallon!
    Timmy G: Boo! :0(
    Krissy: In the next town, school lunches have gone up.

    Current Events class

    August 25, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  18. chireno

    Justin: This farmer that I work for has had to spend alot more money for fertilizer and in turn I make less money.

    Chance: I work at a farm. The feed prices for the animals have gone up so that affects my paycheck.

    Sarah: Feed for hogs at my house has also gone up. Also, we are having to depend of feeding them "slop" from the leftovers from local restaurants.

    Sarah: I don't think we are running out of natural resources. I think it is how the business is run today that causes the prices to go up in gas.

    Justin: Yeah, I think there is some corruption going on!

    Chance: We had to cut back on "extra things" like satellite and other things.

    Sarah: I have noticed cut-backs in my Dad's job due to the economy.

    -The current events class.

    August 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  19. Lizz

    I just started junior high this year so I was really surprised at how the pricey the lunch could be. 1 slice of pizza is $1.70!! Can you believe that? My school is charging for everything now. 1 hoodie was $25.00. My mom keeps joking that we are going to go broke. ;-D

    August 25, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  20. miranda

    i have noticed alot of things but the biggest one is that there is not alot of people on the road because their are high gas prices.and also i have noticed that every thing is higher in the stores.
    i think that if theirs a way of getting more gas so they can lower the prices it is a great idea.

    August 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  21. gwen

    the words gov.palin spoke last night was not of her on but a speach that was wrote for her so we still dont know who she really is i could have done that if someone had wrote it for me .so who is she. and come on people lets get real.

    September 4, 2008 at 9:43 am |
  22. Chyanne

    Gas prices were insane a while ago but now they have kinda chilled out to a reasonable price. I hope the economy can get it back on track and out of this recession!

    December 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm |