A common sense solution to deal with rising gas prices


Finally someone is doing something other than just complaining about high gas prices. We can complain all we want, speculate about who is making money at our expense, and try to advance silly conspiracy theories all we want. But none of that helps consumers deal with rising gas prices.

But some companies and government agencies are actually doing something about high gas prices. They're offering their employees the option of four-day work weeks to save gas. How cool is that? Someone willing to act instead of complain?

And before you dismiss this as something that won't make a difference, think again. Reducing the work week by one day will help employees save 20% of the gas they'd otherwise use to go back and forth to week. That's a pretty good savings for many employees.

Now consumers just need to embrace the idea of saving gas in their personal lives a little more. As much as everyone complains about the high gas prices, I've seen no shortage of cars on the streets on the weekends. Maybe a little more staying at home, walking, or biking would do us all a little good.

Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.