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It’s another tough season for gas prices. How are you coping with the rising prices? According to a survey by CouponCabin.com one third of Americans have to give up some personal amenities in order to keep their cars on the road.
The survey conducted over two days in March, was answered by 2,254 Americans, and revealed that many Americans will have to make personal lifestyle changes in order to accommodate the higher gas prices.
Seventy per cent of respondents said they would dine out less, making it the most common luxury to get cut from American’s spending habits.
The next casualty of high gas prices is entertainment spending. Sixty Four per cent of Americans stated they would stop spending money on movies, concerts and other entertainment related activities.
Thirty Seven per cent asked in the survey responded that they are looking to save money to pay for gas by postponing their seasonal clothes shopping.
Its interesting to see how much one would cut from their budget in order to pay for gas. Some mentioned that they would cancel their Internet service (5%) or TV service (15%)
Not only are consumers planning to modify their budget to cope with the rising gas prices, but three-in-four are also changing their driving habits. Sixty one per cent answered the survey stating they’d drive less, and others mentioned using more carpools, public transit, or buying a hybrid or more fuel efficient vehicle.
In order to alleviate the pains of gas prices, CouponCabin.com is launching a gas giveaway, with a grand prize of $1,500 worth of gas awarded to the winner. That certainly could help, even if you’re not hurting from the gas prices yet.
Want to win $500 towards a set of tires? You could be the lucky winner of a Discount Tire voucher for 500 big ones just be filling out a survey being put on by AutoGuide.com and J.D. Power.
The AutoGuide Audience Survey will ask questions regarding how social media and other online tools help influence your decision with respect to buying a car. The short survey can be filled out here and the data will be analyzed by J.D. Power as a means of helping discover what social media tools are used most by vehicle buyers. One participant will be randomly selected to win $500 towards a set of tires from Discount Tire.
Continental Tire and Grand-Am have teamed up to give away a Porsche GT3 and a Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, raising awareness and funds for the WorldCause Foundation that helps seriously ill children.
The GT3 is no regular car either, being a Hurley Haywood Edition model, named after Grand-Am racing legend, Brumos Racing driver and chief driving instructor for Porsche of America of the same name. Its modifications make it the fastest GT3 to date, and Haywood himself promises to give the winner training on how to get the most out of their new vehicle.
Not much was mentioned about the Cayenne S Hybrid, however, it looks to be a factory variant that has been equipped with Continental Tires. Both vehicles are part of Continental Tires’ Dream Giveaway, a program developed to help charities such as WorldCause Foundation and Camp Boggy Creek, the official charity of Grand-Am. Both charities specialize in enhancing the lifestyle of extremely ill children.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Camp Boggy Creek (founded by Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkoph), which works to give medical help to children age seven to 16 with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
Tickets are available until October 15th, 2011 and the winner will be announced on October 24th, 2011. To get your tickets and help the kids in need, please head on over to www.wintheporsches.com.