Help Decide the Future of Aging. Join the White House’s Live Stream From Cleveland Monday. Learn more


Renew for 3 and attend Life at 50+ for free

Contests and

You Could Choose Your Dream Vacation!

Hawaii, the Grand Canyon or an Alaskan Cruise! No purchase necessary. Ends May 31. See official rules.

Driver Safety

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

You Could Choose Your Dream Vacation
Happy African American couple

AARP Books

Visit the Money Section

Enjoy titles on retirement, Social Security, and becoming debt-free.

Jobs You Might Like

most popular


AARP Bulletin Survey on Gas Prices

Given the recent increases in gas prices, the AARP Bulletin commissioned a nationwide survey in April 2011 to examine the extent to which rising gas prices have caused financial hardship for Americans and to explore how Americans have modified their lifestyles.  

Key findings include:

  • More than two in three (68%) adults age 18+ expect that they will have to pay five dollars or more for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline sometime this year.
  • Nearly six in ten (58%) adults age 18+ indicate that the price of gasoline has caused financial hardship for themselves or their household.  Of those who reported experiencing financial hardship due to the rising gas prices, more than a quarter (28%) describe the hardship as “severe.”
  • When asked whether they had made seven possible lifestyle modifications as a result of the rising gas prices, respondents were most likely to report they had limited their daily driving (66%).  Other lifestyle modifications reported by more than half of respondents included limiting travel or vacations (60%), reducing spending in other areas (59%), reducing saving (54%), and reducing visits with family and friends (51%).   
  • Those who indicated that they had reduced spending in other areas to offset higher gas prices were asked to identify the areas in which these spending reductions had occurred.   Dining out proved to be the most common target for spending reductions. Other popular targets for spending reductions included entertainment and clothing.

The survey was conducted for AARP by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS)  using its telephone omnibus survey service.   For the general sample, interviews were conducted from April 27 through May 1, 2011, among a nationally representative sample of 1,012 respondents 18 years of age or older.   Interviews with Hispanic and Latino respondents continued through May 17, 2011 for a total of 400 interviews with Hispanics and Latinos. The report provides results for the general sample as well as the Hispanic sample and compares general sample results to those from a similar survey conducted in 2007.  The report also compares responses from adults age 18-49 to those age 50+.  For more information, please contact S. Kathi Brown at

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


The Cheap Life

Jeff Yeager Cheap Life Ultimate Cheapskate AARP YouTube web series save money

Catch the latest episode of The Cheap Life starring Jeff Yeager, AARP's Ultimate Cheapskate. Watch

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Credit safeguards with AARP® Identity Theft Protection from TrustedID®.

AARP Credit card from Chase

Members can get cash back rewards on purchases with the AARP® Credit Card from Chase.

Man using cell phone outdoors

Members save on monthly service & usage fees and get free activation with Consumer Cellular.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.


Advance your skills. Transform your career.

Explore your learning possibilities.