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Arizona pair swaps houses to save gas

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(Read caption) A gas pump in Green Valley, Ariz., where diesel fuel was selling for $4.99 a gallon on Thursday, June 19.

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Julie Lazzarra used to spend 2-1/2-hours each day commuting from her home in Chandler, Ariz., to her job in North Scottsdale, 30 miles away. With skyrocketing gas prices, the drive was costing her a lot of money.

Her father, Joe Lazzarra, had the same problem, commuting from his home in North Scottsdale to his barbershop in Chandler.

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The solution? They switched houses. Julie moved to Scottsdale and her parents moved to Chandler.

KPHO, Phoenix's CBS affiliate, has the story here.

I wonder if we'll see more of these kinds of stories, as gas prices rise and more people seek to live near where they work. Some smart entrepreneur could set up a website to help potential house swappers find each other, and handle the legalities of exchanging mortgages.