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ATLANTA -- Nationwide the price of gas has increased for more than a month, rising 46 cents and it's forcing many to make changes.

"We're watching very closely," Jeff Smythe, the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels, explained.

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Last time gas prices climbed, gas card donations helped some Meals on Wheels volunteers. The non-profit serves 300 seniors and 215 Atlantans are on its waiting list.

"In general, people are less willing to do the longer routes or less willing to get started," Smythe said.

Still, the Executive Director is so thankful for volunteers who stick with it despite the sticker shock at the gas pump.

Al Goens' career requires him to be on the road.

"I just think we're being gouged by the oil companies," Goens said andexplained regardless of the price, he still has to drive.
He says he's frustrated, however, because it means more money from his paycheck goes tothe oil companies rather than his savings account.

For-profit companies, like car dealers, also feel the pinch. This Sacramento California car dealership is charging drivers if they want to take a test drive longer than a few miles. The car dealer says if you want to take the used car for a longer drive, for example, to a mechanic, be sure to stop by the gas station and replenish what you've used or pay Sacramento Auto Sales Center for the gas.

The National Association of Car Dealers says it isn't aware of other dealers doing this--yet.

For people who might want to try to outsmart climbing gas prices, there's MyGallons.com. Commodities trader Steven Verona's company was borne out of irritation.

"It was really out of my own frustration why the government and big business were able to hedge their fuel exposure, like airlines and trucking companies, and individuals couldn't," Verona explained.

Mygallons.com helps drivers hedge against rising gas prices. Drivers pre-purchase gas and "lock in" current prices. His company makes money with a service fee when people pre-purchase and cash in.

"It's a great analogy to the forever stamp. You're buying it, and now you've got your gallons you can use at any time in the future," he said.

If you're upset with the price of regular unleaded in Atlanta, at $3.79, it's not nearly as bad as it is for drivers out west. In Hawaii, it's almost $4.30 and in California, it's just shy of $4.20.

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