The other day I found my high school year book. The first page had a list of prices at the time so the students could look back and compare the prices now to the prices then. A value meal at McDonalds was $3.58, a movie ticket was $5.25, and a gallon of gas cost $1.09. I didn't graduate high school so long ago that I don't remember the cheaper prices. When I was in high school, $20.00 would fill up your gas tank.
So the next time I got gas, I watched the pump and waited for $20.00. When I hit the mark, I had filled my car up less than a quarter of a tank. Funny how much things can change.
CNNMoney reports that gas in California recently hit a record high. On October 1st the average price in the state was $4.17. By October 9th, the average price was $4.671. Prices had shot up $0.50 in a week.
The problem is a shortage in the summer blend of gas sold in the United States. This gas burns cleaner and is sold until September 15th every year to protect the environment during the busy travel season. Typically, states start selling a cheaper winter version after September 15th, but California usually doesn't start selling this winter gas until October 1st, since the state has warmer fall weather.
CNNMoney doesn't explain why averages in the rest of the country are just below $4.00. The U.S. average didn't see a sudden spike like California did, but the rest of the country hasn't dipped below $3.75 per gallon on average since before September 28th. In my area, I'd consider myself lucky if I could find gas for $3.75. I recently paid $4.10 to fill up my tank, and that was at one of the cheapest gas stations in town.Last weekend I took a road trip to visit some friends a few states over. Leaving Louisiana, I paid $4.13 per gallon. When I crossed Mississippi and had to fill up again I paid $3.79 per gallon. By the time I reached Florida, I was seeing prices for $4.25 a gallon and higher. Gas in the southern states spiked during Hurricane Isaac and never returned to a normal, lower per gallon rate. Much like California, my home state of Louisiana saw a sudden $0.50 jump in prices in a week and a slow crawl back to
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