People Still Cutting Back Despite Decreasing Gas Prices

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

For more than a month, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has kept going down. And, though some are calling the current price "cheap", not everyone is convinced prices will continue to fall.

In July we saw record high national average gas with prices at $4.11 a gallon, but now, as the prices drop, people say they are not changing their frugal habits.

The prices are coming down, but many people are still cutting back everywhere they can.

"You look for the discount now. You really pay attention in your day to day life just to make the accommodation for the rising prices of inflation," says Leslie Combs of Breathitt County.

"You have to squeeze a penny here, squeeze a penny there. You cut back anywhere you can to save money," says Anthony Mabry of Morehead.

Even store owners are seeing a difference in the way people shop.

Sonja Zimmerman owns a local gas station. "If they come to buy gas they don't come in the store to buy anything,” she says. “If they come in the store to buy anything, then they do without gas."

Zimmerman recently sold her gas station to another owner who will be able to charge less for gas. She says she doesn't like to see her customers pay such a high price.

"A nickel higher means something to them. That nickel could go on maybe buying a loaf of bread for their kids to eat," says Zimmerman.

With gas prices falling below $4.00 a gallon, some might think they’re getting a bargain, but one year ago today it was about $1 less per gallon to fill your tank. And five years ago, gasoline was a steal at $1.58 a gallon.

"Wow! That is half of what we pay now! Absolutely, it would be great if it could be that again," says Leslie Combs.

"I would like to go back when I first started driving and it was .99 cents a gallon, but we're not going to go that far back I guess," says Paula Sherman of Hazard.

Many people say they are continuing to cut back just in case prices shoot up again.

AAA officials say it is hard to predict where gas prices will go next. For now, we'll just have to wait and see.


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