Craig Day, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -- A year ago, we paid an average of $2.56 for a gallon of gas. Now, the price at the pump is enough to give many drivers the blues.
"I think it's a shame, it's too high," Donna Walker said.
"We stopped driving my truck," Mike Smith said. "It's definitely tough watching it go up"
"It's awful hard on people," said Floyd Davis. "I wish they'd go down."
The price of gas is high alright. We're up to an average of $3.33 in Oklahoma and it's getting worse. For many paying more is tough.
"It don't make no sense," Walker said.
"I got to have the gas, so what can I say, I've got to buy it," Ron Mims said.
A week ago it was 16 cents less; 35 cents cheaper a month ago.
The experts say instability in the Middle East is spilling over to our gas pumps. Regular working folks say it means instability in their budgets.
"It is, it sure is," Davis said.
"I go to work and I come home, and have to stay home. Can't go no place else," said Walker.
Paying to fill Todd Holts' Excursion all the way up, he says forget about it.
"I don't even want to think about it, I try not to," he said.
To be fair, we're still a long way off from our state record average price for gas set in 2008 at $3.95. But now, after a couple of years of recession, paying more feels worse than it once did.
"People on fixed incomes, they have a hard time," Floyd Davis said.
There's no doubt higher gas prices are forcing people to cut back on spending on other things, which could potentially slow any economic recovery.
"We're definitely staying home a lot more," Smith said.
"We're probably going to have to before it's over with, we're going to have to cut back," said Davis.
The best hope is that the upward climb of prices stops and soon, before we're all blue and broke.
AAA Oklahoma has some good information on how we can conserve gas: