By Kayla Pagan –
Gas prices have reached a peak of $3.87 to $4.04 a gallon. Pocket money for students is dwindling because of this economic catastrophe.
At $4 an average per gallon, many kids are paying $48 to fill their tanks according to AAA.
For students at Penn Manor High School, who work for minimum wage, their paychecks are not cutting it with these gas prices. A majority of their pay checks are going toward filling their gas tanks.
For senior Jackie Schmalhofer, who works at Denny’s on a $2.83 per hour salary, not including tips, she spends about one third of her pay check on gas.
“I get paid twice a month, including tips my pay checks are around $300,” she said. “It took me $47 on Saturday to fill my tank, which I don’t usually do. I usually just fill it half way about twice a week.”
“I work at Willow Valley making minimum wage,” said senior Olivia Rineer. “I drive a Jeep Wrangler, which is a complete gas hog. Just last week I spent fifty dollars on gas, not even filling my tank. Prices are getting ridiculous.”
Many Penn Manor student drivers can’t afford to fill their gas tanks. It is simply too costly.
Senior Alexis Russel explained that she only puts $20 worth of gas in her car about twice a week, which only gets her half a tank.
“It isn’t really an issue for me, my car is pretty good on gas, and I don’t do as much driving around as others,” said Russel. “But to fill my tank it would take about $40, that’s still up there compared to prior gas prices.”
“I am employed at Arby’s working for $7.45 an hour,” said junior Maddi Eckenrode. “I drive a Ford Taurus. The last time I put gas in my car I spent $59 to fill my tank.”
Eckenrode makes anywhere from $250 to $350 bi-weekly and gets gas once or twice a week. On this pay and with how much gas costs her, she spends roughly two-fifths of her pay check on gas.
“I’d say that a lot of my pay checks go towards gas money for my car, especially with how much I drive,” added Eckenrode.