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2013 continues to be an expensive year for gas

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Prices at the pump are once again inching closer to the $4 mark, but less than 2 months ago it was about $3 a gallon.  With another ten cent increase this week, people are looking for ways to cut back just to have enough money to get gas.  Gas has jumped about 50 cents a gallon in just 6 weeks and that price hike is forcing a lot of people to make some big adjustments.  

"I had to stop driving my truck and start driving my car because it would take twice as much to fill up my truck as compared to my car now," said driver Lavaughn Sigle.   
Sigle pulled into the gas station at 12th and Chestnut to pick up a few things, but he goes across the river to fill up his car because its cheaper.  The recent price hike is changing Sandra Mansheim's routine.  She and her boyfriend are sharing a car and filling it up isn't easy.

"It's hard. Three to four dollars everyday so we can get back and forth to work as cheap as we can go.  And every week when he gets paid, he'll fill it all the way up," she said. 
  
According to Gasbuddy.com, gas has dramatically increased in Illinois since Christmas.  Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Looten said the pain at the pump is felt throughout the economy.  
"Restaurants and retail stores and really any company that accepts products from a different location will be impacted by the rising costs of transportation," Looten said. 
And that means even more money out of your wallet.  
"I would say in addition to rising costs of putting gas in your car, you will also see higher prices at the grocery store, for clothing and that kind of stuff," said Looten.   

The U.S. Energy Information Association is forecasting gas prices to rise even more over the next few months.  

 

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