Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out Archives' started by Margo, Mar 25, 2005.
Sep 3, 2005
Today I saw gas from 3.05-3.39! I am in Northern NJ
3.44- for the cheapest!
I filled up for 2.95 today, after passing several closed stations, and most stations at 3.19 a gallon. - Northern, North Carolina
Citgo - $3.25/gal, Gulf-$3.15/gal, Exxon-$3.39/ and Sunoco $3.49/gal in NW NJ. One Exxon station in town was charging $3.39, the other $3.09! Some stations, I think the smaller ones, have signs up that the pumps are closed.
Sep 4, 2005
Hey remember back in March when we were all mad at 2.12 a gallon. I wish it was that again! LOL
I topped off my tank last night for 2.74, and I felt lucky!! How awful is that? I know it's good, but like everyone else, I look back at our complaints about 2.12 and say "WOW"
Teacher gas mileage
Hi- I am new here and in VA we have strange gas shortage rumors (anout $3 a gallon with the occasional pumps running out of gas.) We are all talking about our increased costs of running between schools in the case of teachers that are "split" between schools and about these open houses and PTO meetings that our principal says we have to attend at night.
A couple of questions for all of you....
In your school system has it been determined to be legal to be required to attend PTO night meeting and open house sessions? We have one a month and with gas prices one single mom of three kids says that puts alot on her with time and conflict of kids activities. Now the gas. We ar told that if we are to miss we need permission of the admin.
I am the association VP this year and would like to collect names of systems and locations who have spoken out on such issues.
What about gas mileage? We are paying 40 cents a mile and those of us close to our schools (1 mile maybe) that run back and forth sometimes twice a day for afterschool meetings are not expected to file for mileage.
Is it too petty? Or if we do not show interest now will we soon have to go further distance with the same expectations?
And have you ever heard of teachers riding the school buses?
Thanks for your thoughts!
Dear Education Vp,
If you do not get gas milage from your school system you can collect it on your taxes. Same amount .40 per mile. Milage is collectable for you to go from home to work plus what ever milage you incur during your work day (as long as it is work related). Even though you are thinking it is petty to claim milage for one mile. It is actually 2 miles (to and from) x 180 (approx.) school days = 360 miles x .40 cents per mile =$144.00
Even if you do get milage for travel to and from during school hours from your school system, you should still keep track of your milage to and from school for your taxes.
Don't double bill.
I rode the school bus to and from work for about four months. I didn't ask permission just got on with my sister in the morning. After school was out I would just go out and get on. I guess I sort of blended in with the high school kids lol.
Staff meetings and in-services, etc. are pretty much mandatory for me unless there is a really legitimate excuse. It's hard to be a part of such a community and not attend important functions. I may not attend all the get-togethers late Friday afternoons (non-work), but I will attend meetings that may affect my teaching time. Teacher unions have a voice in all this too; if you are a member, check your contract for mandatory vs. optional attendance. I believe, though, it is always in our best interest to attend anything for which the outcome might affect our jobs, positive or negative!
Most of ours are $3.30+. If you get lucky, the BP has it for $2.99, if you manage to go when they aren't out! I miss the days of my 14-mi-round trip commute... I'm about 70 mi a day, which is making me have to fill up WAY too often! They were saying prices should go down around the middle of the month, but now I'm wondering...
Ours is still at $2.69/gal with a 15 gallon limit. As long as the limits stay there I won't have to worry. I am so glad that I haven't tried to get rid of my car before now. I only have a 10 gallon tank which can be a pain, but I get 30 miles to the gallon. If I am just in town, I drive 1 1/2 miles to school. Needless to say shopping/visiting trips to friends outside of town will be severely limited.
Sep 5, 2005
Your lucky Christy,
It's 3.19 here at the 7-Eleven. Every where else it is about 3.49+. I'm lucky my car gets 35 to 36 mpg in the summer and 33 to 34 mpg in the winter. I have a 12 gallon tank. Bf drives a Ford explore I think it gets around 15 mpg and has a 20 gallon tank. He has a long drive to work and we are figuring it cost him about 300 dollars a month to fill it up. He is going to try and trade it in for something smaller with better gas milages.
Our district can't require us to attend meetings unless they have been negotiated into our contract, i.e. conferences, etc. If we are required to attend a meeting after school time (besides committee meetings which are right after school) we are to be paid our per diem rate. Our union is pretty strong here and the district has to be really careful about what they ask us to do outside of our contract hours!
Here is what I wonder can I claim my commute to and from work on my taxes?? I do not travel between school s or aything like that so I am not sure...
I have to fill up at least 2 times a week at about 30 bucks a pop. I have a forty mile commute each way so it addsup.. I have seen prices vary here from 3.09 to 3.89
Generally, travel to and from work is not deductible, but travel for work is deductible.
Our district also negotiates outside meetings, etc, but our principal expects a little more. We are strongly encouraged to attend PTO functions and meetings.
I just looked it up and I'm pretty sure you can not deduct your travel to and from work because it's a personal expense. But check with your state it may be you can from your state tax forms. For some reason I remember if you travel more then 15 miles one way then you can deduct it. Maybe that was because work was sending me to the students house instead of the school.
I don't think you can deduct the time you travel to and from your house, just the time spent traveling when you're technically on "the clock."
cute - but, also so sad!!
In my New Jersey town gas is over $3.00 a gallon! There is one gas station charging $3.49. I'm glad I only travel 8 miles to work.
Amybear- where in NJ are you from?
Gas is back down to $3.19 around me...thats the cheapest I've seen it by my house. But there are still places charging almost $3.40 a gallon. Yuck!
I'm from the Bound Brook area. I found that the major stations (Exxon, Mobil) are cheaper than the independent dealers (Delta, Petro 19). Usually, it's the other way around.
Sep 6, 2005
I was excited yesterday because gas dropped from $3.29 to $3.27...hopefully the trend continues this way!!
back "down" to around $2.99... which is sitll crazy, but better than $3.31!
We've dropped 10 cents to $2.89 for unleaded and $2.78 for diesel. YEAH!
It's down to 2.76 here.
Sep 7, 2005
We're sitting at $2.93. I'm wondering if it will go down soon.
I doubt it's going to go down. I heard on Fox news or something that gas will go up first. They said some places could see 10 dollars per gallon
It's at $3.29 in our town right now.
On my way home we were back down to $3.19. I can't believe I'm excited about that!!
Sep 8, 2005
ok, now Fox News just says gas prices will soon begin going down about 50 cents by December. I hope sooner than that.
In Portugal the gas price is 1,4 euros a litre, which is, if I'm not mistaken, approximately 6,62 dollars a gallon.
Dang that is bad! Gues I should thank my starts it is 3.09
Sep 22, 2005
Today I topped off my tank before Rita hits. As I was there, the gas price was going up from 2.69 to 2.74. 2.69 seemed cheap compared to what it had been right after Katrina...........now I wonder how much they will be affected after this latest storm. YIKES!
I had wanted to fill my tank today too because of warnings of the prices skyrocketing again, but was unable to because I had no money on me and no time to go to the bank. I hope they don't jump over night so that I can go tomorrow and take advantage of the $2.85!
Sep 23, 2005
It went down to $2.32 last week, and this morning was at $2.65.
It's down to 2.42 here, I filled up this morning, so hopefully that will last me awhile.
In NW NJ we range from 2.89 for unleaded at Citgo and Shell, to 3.19 at Exxon, who always seems to be the highest.
Sep 24, 2005
Here in houston we just want gas. All the tanks in houston are out!!! This is nuts
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