About a month ago, we woke up to find gas prices had suddenly gone up at our local gas stations and beyond. Some prices increased up to 25 cents per gallon. That's a heck of a jump.

Well, on Monday (12/28) The American Automotive Association (AAA) website reported that prices nationwide have increased an average of three cents per gallon. That's on top of the rather large increase we experienced in November.

AAA notes that the average national price per gallon is now $2.25. I've seen many gas stations in our area listing unleaded gas at $2.29. Crude oil prices have gone up and are at their highest since last February according to AAA, with a spokesperson quoted as saying  “Despite low demand, pump prices are more expensive because crude oil has seen steady gains.”

Even so, the price per gallon is still much lower that we've experienced over the past several years, and I'm not complaining, yet. As long as it doesn't get out of control that is, but we can expect prices to continue to rise.

So, what can you do to combat the price increase? Not much, but you can take advantage of some of the businesses that offer member discounts and gas points from various grocery chains. I use both advantages and it helps knock down the price per gallon every time I fill my tank up.

Of course, being that it's winter, many of us are not driving as much, so that can help save on heading to the pumps as much. I save a lot in gas during the off season, since I basically drive to work and to local businesses to shop. Over the summer months, I head to the campground in Bradford County Pennsylvania each weekend and while on vacation, so I use a lot more gas. Happy motoring!

via AAA

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