Boy, I can sure tell that we are close to a holiday. And it's not because I'm looking at a calendar. It's because I'm looking at the price of gasoline at my local gas station.

And the price of gasoline has been rising for awhile. Nothing you don't already know every time you stop in to fill up your tank. I guess we can expect the price to go up around holidays, but there's been such a difference from a year ago with the price, and that hurts us right in the wallet.

Looking at the AAA gas price website, the average price of unleaded gasoline in New York State is currently $3.17. In the Binghamton area, it's averaging around $3.16. I've seen most places at $3.19 with a few at $3.15 and a couple around $3.06 as a cash only price.

What I find interesting is the difference in price between New York State and Pennsylvania. In recent years, the price of unleaded gasoline in Pennsylvania has been around 10 to 20 cents higher. Looking at the current average from AAA, in the Scranton-Wilke-Barre, it's $3.17. The state average is about $3.20. So what happened to the difference in price between New York State and Pennsylvania? Did New York State prices jump that high or did Pennsylvania not increase much or at all for the holiday?

When I go on vacation this month, I was going to gas up in New York, but now it may not matter if the prices are close to the same. BY the way, AAA listes the national average as of today (July 1st) at $3.12. The highest prices are coming out of California at an average of $4.28 per gallon of unleaded gasoline. That's over a dollar more per gallon than we are currently paying.

Should that make us feel better? Well, no if you compare our current price to last year at this time, when we were paying about $2.17 a gallon according to AAA. Good news is, we are still a dollar per gallon cheaper than we were in 2008. But I guess that's not making you much happier right now anyway.

via AAA

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