Fuel Prices Rise, Rile Consumers
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.