Say goodbye to January and those prices you were used to paying at the start of the new year. February may be the month pf love but it is doubtful drivers will love what they see when they arrive at a gas pump.

The rumors and fears of a price increase have been swirling since the new President was inaugurated and although a major increase has not happened, the amount you pay per gallon is increasing.

According to at least one report, the average cost for a gallon of regular is now $2.43. That's up just a penny from last week and is a 17 cent increase from a month ago.

I have been trying to get our vehicles filled up on the reservation in Irving. I paid right around $2.22 this past weekend and that was hard to swallow considering I paid well under $1.00 early on on the pandemic. But, like most Americans, we have also changed the amount of driving that we do. Since last March, we stay closer to home and with three young kids at home, there are not many place to go these days. That is until more restrictions are lifted and we can attend more events.

The weather looks to remain rather cold and wintry over the next few days. But once the spring arrives and people try to go more places, the "pinch at the pump" will get more attention. There are forecasts that call for the increase in prices to continue for the foreseeable future.

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