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Fuel Prices Rise, Rile Consumers

Gasoline pumps are seen a Shell filling station
(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

I’ve written before about how I’m always looking at pump prices when I’m driving–not that I’m taking my eyes off the road to memorize prices, but rather that I notice what gas is selling for. I just do, and I always have.

As I’m writing this, prices for the most common grade have been at $3.499 for a relatively long time. They were lower, and we all enjoyed cheaper gasoline for a few weeks.

Again, I’m not blaming local business owners. There’s probably plenty of blame to go around at the upper levels of the industry. “Big Oil,” if you will.

Now, I figure someone, somewhere far away from here, decided we as consumers had enjoyed slightly lower prices long enough. So up the price went to $3.4999, and there it has stayed for a while.

But now I’ve been noticing $3.459 at some of the more plentiful chains, and even as low as $3.399 when I’m driving on Minnesota Avenue.

And all of a sudden, a price that seemed high a few weeks ago now seems like a good deal.

Just don’t get used to it.

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