Gas prices have been dropping here

United States
August 4, 2008 9:41am CST
This past week, the gas prices have dropped from $4.15 to the current price of $3.93. I am glad to see that. I live in Illinois, and one of the customers where I work told me that a town in Indiana has gas for $3.72(well, pretty close to that anyway). This town where he saw the price is only an hour away from where I live. I cannot believe such a difference in the price because there usually is only about a nickel difference. Does anyone else have their gas prices dropping? Is there a big difference in gas prices from one area to another in close proximity?
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• Philippines
4 Aug 08
Hi there bluerubymoon53! There was a price rollback last week here in our country. As if it was enough. Truth is, the rollback wasn't much as compared to how much it has increased since January of this year. Every time there is a rollback, we already expect an increase in prices is just around the corner. I think most of the people here are already used to this.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Which country are you in, Dolce Vita? I can imagine that you are already used to the fact that if there is a drop in the price, there will be a rise in it, too. Here, whenever there was a drop of about 3 or 4 cents, it would go up another 6 to 10 cents. Sometimes, it would go up even more than that! Let's hope that you will have a steady drop in your gas prices to. For a little while anyway.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Gas prices peaked at about $4.15 here, too but they have been falling steadily for about the last week. We're currently at $3.79 average around here with some stations now selling gas in the $3.55-3.65 range, too. The timing for this is excellent considering that we're taking our annual vacation in a couple weeks and during a period of time where prices normally start ramping up in preparation for Labor Day traffic we're seeing the prices at the pump decrease. That means more money for fun and less going into the gas tank. Good times.
• United States
4 Aug 08
Usually, the price of gas goes up around the holidays because the demand is so much greater. Labor Day weekend is one of the biggest holiday weekends for travel. It seems that everyone is winding up the summer months with a vacation at this time before the kids get back to school. And that is another discussion in itself!! Well, Goinliveinfive, let's hope that the gas prices don't go back up so that you will be able to use that bit of savings toward more fun on your vacation!! Have fun!!
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• United States
4 Aug 08
The gas prices here in the town I live in. (In Alabama) was $3.96 a gallon and in the last week it is now down to $3.73 a gallon and that is for regular. Well we got gas and traveled to a town near by. It is only 36 miles away from our house. The gas there was $3.59. I told my husband to look at that. Well the next night we go to another town. which is about 25 miles from our house and the gas in that town had different prices. they ranged from $3.89 to $3.59. I asked him how in the world can a gas station right next to each other have one high and the other low. I figured they would lower theirs to try to get business. I guess they don't care. Me I am going to look for the cheapest gas.
• United States
4 Aug 08
It's amazing how there is a difference in the gas prices in the area. In the town where I live, there is an oil refinery and the prices are higher than around us. I always thought that the further the gasoline would be transported, the higher it would be because of the manpower and fuel used in order to transport. It sure has been a nice surprise to see the price going down.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
4 Aug 08
The lowest price I've seen around my section of Alabama is $3.79 for regular, $3.89 for plus, and $3.99 for premium. It has been dropping for over a week. Hopefully, it will continue to drop. We live north of Birmingham. Our prices seem to be around the same, although some companies still have higher prices.
• United States
4 Aug 08
Cool, Barb. Hopefully, we'll be seeing the prices around $3.79 again. It may happen, it may not. You never know though.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
4 Aug 08
We never thought ours would go back down that low, either. But it did. I don't think regular ever got to $4 here in our area. We do take advantage of the lower prices when we are out and fill up our tank. At least we can save a little that way.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
I live in Houston, but if I drive 30 minutes south to baytown I can get gas prices as low as $3.48 but in Houston it's a steady 3.59. 10 cents difference, and there's still places in Houston that's asking for 3.89 but they'll have to change because no one is going to their gas stations! Gas in the south is a lot cheaper, and especially here right by the coast where all the oil is being imported. I am glad about the dropping prices, it really helps stabilize my wonky budget.
• United States
4 Aug 08
I know what you mean about the wonky budget. You have to beg, borrow, and steal from the other "envelopes" in order to buy gas so that you can go to work so that you can have a roof over your head and food to eat and bills to pay.....and here we go 'round the mulberry bush!!! Round and round we go just in order to live!
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@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I was shocked to see out gas go from 4.05 to 3.79! Then again, you have to wonder, how long is it going to stay that way? After all there is a holiday weekend comeing up. There is a big difference in different areas around here too, I live in PA. There is even one station that I have seen their prices change as many as 3 -4 times in one day! That's not how gas pricing works, I used to work at a convienence store.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Wow, that's almost a 30 cent difference there! Cool!! Yep, the holiday is coming up and inevitably, the price will go up. Or maybe not. I have seen some holidays go by without it going up. One time, in the town where I used to live, I had to drive south of town about 5 miles out. The Speedway station that was on the hill on the State Highway would have the gas at one price, then lower it by the time I got off work in the morning. Then I would drive by there the next evening and the price would be even higher than the day before!!!! Crazy!! I don't think the prices should change any more than 2 or 3 times a week let alone 3 to 4 times in a day!!
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@myklj999 (18167)
4 Aug 08
I went up to Decatur IL over the weekend (about a 2 hour drive) and gas was $3.69 per gallon; diesel was still $4.58 though; gotta feel sorry for the truck drivers.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
I don't know how those truck drivers do it. You know that the big rigs don't get the mileage with the heavy loads they carry. So far, it looks like Decatur has the lowest price in the area. Maybe there is a trend going on here. Let's hope so, so that we can have a little bit of relief to be able to spend it elsewhere, too.
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I've noticed dropping of gas prices as well... I live in PA & highest I've notice around my neighborhood was $4.25 for the regular... And now I've noticed gas prices as low as $3.79 near my girl friend's parents house... I've been filling up my gas tank more frequently now...
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• United States
4 Aug 08
The last 2 weeks, I have been getting only around $8.00 of gasoline. I know that is only 2 gallons or less, but that is enough for my car because all I do is drive to work and back 5 days a week. I hardly ever (more like never) drive out of town so I don't use extra gas that way. Glad you're able to fill up more frequently since the gas is lower near your girlfriend's parents' house.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Gas in the town I live in now is $3.75 for super unleaded if you travel 25 miles to a bigger town the price for super unleaded is only $3.59 a gallon I don't know how there can be such a differnet in price that is .16 cetns a gallon!
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• United States
4 Aug 08
I honestly don't know how there can be such a difference in the prices either, luvstochat. I won't make any special 25 to 50 mile drive to just get the gasoline at the lower price, but if I happen to make a trip there, I sure would take advantage of the lower price.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
4 Aug 08
This is good news that the gas prices are dropping. I have been aware of that where I live. My family and I just moved to Alabama three months ago. I have come from up north in Pennsylvania where the prices skyrocketed back around April and kept climbing. Right now the prices are under 4.00 in this area and let's just hope the prices keep decreasing steadily.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
I'm hoping, too, that the prices will keep dropping a little. Even if the prices were to drop to only around $3.75 per gallon, that is way better than over $4.00!! I know that is still high, but we'll be able to spend that savings somewhere else again.
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@Annie2 (594)
• United States
5 Aug 08
Yesterday I bought gas for $3.79 which is a sizable drop for us. It still didn't get me much for my $10. I imagine it will not go down much further, and will go way back up in time for Labor Day weekend. They are always higher for the holiday weekends. If it would go down some more, I might take the chance and actually fill the tank. However, I think my car won't know what to do with more than half a tank at a time!
• United States
5 Aug 08
For the last 2 or 3 weeks, I have been getting no more than $9 of gas. It lasts a week and brings the needle on the gas gauge up to almost a quarter of a tank.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
I posted the same thing, i am also in Illinois, in the suburbs of Chicago..however i was far more excited at the time i posted it then i am now..lol. Ours went down to 3.95 thats the lowest it has gotten, however over the weekend, stations where changeing it back and forth from 3.95 to 4.09 and back down again and then back up, each time about 10 hrs apart. You would also see one corner be the lower price and the station right across the street be the higher price...enough to make you crazy.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
When did you post yours, Angel? I didn't mean to burst your bubble! Since the prices have been going down, they have inched back up any, so far. I know what you mean about prices being different right across the street. Where I used to live, one gas station would have one price and down the street about 4 or 5 blocks, the price would be either higher or lower. It is crazy!
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Gas has been slowly dropping here as well. It was $4.03 but now I believe it's around $3.60 something. I'm glad that it's finally dropping again because I really hate spending so much money on gas. I'm really glad that it's dropped since school will be starting up again and I'll be doing a lot more traveling.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
I'm glad the gas price is dropping now, too. If one necessary item was at a fairly stable price, we might be able to spread the money for other things a little farther. I hope I'm not in a "I wish it would stay this way" mood and then have that mood dashed by the prices going up a bunch again.
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@banadux (630)
• United States
4 Aug 08
The prices have dropped a good bit in the Raleigh area of North Carolina as well. I think it has something to do with the proposals to get oil from Alaska and the ocean.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
I thought Alaska was pretty well tapped out. Or maybe not since it is a huge state. It hasn't been all that many years that the Alaska Pipeline was built either. I'm not up on how the proposals would affect the gasoline prices. Is it a done deal? Or is it in the talking stage right now?
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• Philippines
4 Aug 08
Here in the philippines, we are suffering in gas hikes every month. So sad.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Yes, it is sad that gas hikes happen so frequently. With the prices of necessities going up the way they have been, it makes it very hard to make ends meet.
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
4 Aug 08
The prices have dropped her too to $3.79 and that is good. The only thing that I'm wondering is will the prices stay at this rate or go back up again. Right now that is good but what will it be like not a few months from now? The end of the year, the beginning of 2009 what the prices be better or worse. Cause it is affecting all those that drive everyday.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Hopefully, after the prices get settled, it won't jump back up a whole lot. It sure would be nice if the gas price stays pretty level for awhile. 30 to 50 cents a gallon can make a big difference in where else that money could be used. I can't predict the future, that's for sure. If I could, though, I would predict that the price of gasoline will get nearer to $3.00 per gallon and stay that way for at least a year. Nah! Won't happen.
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@momathome (476)
• Canada
5 Aug 08
Gas prices in ontario have dropped about 10 cents a litre so far. But lately it's holding pretty steady at about 1.24$ a litre. I'm happy to see that they are starting to go down though.
• United States
5 Aug 08
hmmmm....ok. I'm not a whiz at figuring how many litres per gallons kinda stuff. But still, your gas is going down, too. I know that there will be many places where the gas price may even be going up at this time, also. We can only hope that this is a trend that will be worldwide.
• Canada
5 Aug 08
I think there is about 3 litres in a gallon. Today I was just reading that oil has dropped to under 118 a barrel so we should see more savings soon.
• United States
5 Aug 08
We can only hope that it does keep going down!!
• India
5 Aug 08
Lucky you that prices are falling. In India, they are increasing day by day and going out has become a pain. They are very costly and over that, there is a sudden shortage of fuel and almost all the stations are running out of petrol. It's good that prices in your town are going down. I hope they go to a low in my city too so that I can enjoy driving back again. bourne
• United States
5 Aug 08
I sure do wish that it is a universal thing of the gas prices going down, Bourne. We've not had a shortage here that I know of yet. I remember back in the late '70's gasoline shortages were happening here.
• India
5 Aug 08
Dunno man..but there have been shortages and also there are frequent increase in the cost. Very bad for middle class families. bourne
@know21 (1251)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I live in Wisconsin, and gas prices here are around $3.72 . Lets hope they keep going down.
• United States
5 Aug 08
Yes, let's do hope that the gas prices keep going down. So far the price has dropped from $4.15 to $3.92. $3.72 would be even better!!
@NrgDfenZ (1810)
• Belgium
5 Aug 08
Nice, they finally drop.. Hope they will keep dropping to a normal price :D This will certainly someday happen.. I hope.... Have a nice day..
• United States
5 Aug 08
Hopefully, the prices will continue to go down for a little while longer. It would make things a little bit more managageable while prices on other things seem to keep rising. Then after the price levels off, I just hope that it doesn't jump back up in a big way again.