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Gas Prices Have People Cutting Luxury Services

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Recent rises in gas prices are hurting people in more than one way.

With less disposable income, people are now cutting back on luxuries.

Carpet cleaning, oil changes and professional landscaping are just a few of the services suffering as people cut back, and some are taking a unique approach to stay in business.

Bruce Spiller, owner of Tri-Cities Steam, cut prices by nearly 30%.

"We're working at about cost, but we're still having to pay the fuel bills and all of our equipment takes unleaded gas to operate, our vans take unleaded gas to get us to our job sites," Spiller said.

People we talked to said that things like carpet cleaning aren't essential; their money will go toward food and gas before they spend on luxuries.

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