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Drivers feeling pain at the pump

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It's been a painful week at the gas pump as prices have shot up to $4.00 a gallon in Quincy.

The trickle down impact of sky high gas prices is very real, and is hitting tri-state residents in the wallet Friday night.

And drivers say  that in order to foot the bill for filling up at the pump, they're having to cut back in other places.

"We'll probably cut back on some food spending, maybe some unnecessary items," said Amy Allen.

"You can't buy nothing' no more. Everything is just going up," said Derrick Phillips.

"We don't travel, we don't go out to eat, we don't go shopping," said Sherri Vincent.

These sacrifices were all sparked by the price at the pump.

In Quincy, a gallon went from $3.85 Thursday to more than $4.00 at some stations Friday.

And Derrick Phillips says finding the cheapest gas is the biggest challenge.

He actually ran out of gas today looking for the cheapest fuel.

"It's just shocking because people are going to have to be riding a bike here in a minute! I ran out of gas right now, I had to get a gas can! And a gas can costs $20," said Philips.

Drivers aren't the only ones feeling the pain at the pump, Amy Looten with the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce says businesses are too.

"Every product that is delivered to their businesses by a truck has an increased transportation cost associated with it. I think they do the best they can to hang on as long as they can before they have to raise those prices, but sometimes that has to be the option that they pick," said Looten.

But drivers like Phillips hope to see prices fall soon.

"You really can't do nothing about it but deal with it and hope that the prices go back down and ride around and find the cheapest gas, that's all we can do," said Phillips.

According to AAA, there isn't going to be light at the end of the tunnel any time soon, as gas prices are expected to hit $4.25 in the next few weeks.

 

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